Falling Prey to The Wall Street Journal Spin

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Hello, I would like to know your view on this article by John Taylor.

Thanks for the opportunity to clarify:

1. In my 4 books I address multiple historical instances where trend following was pronounced “dead”.

2. Trend following is not meant to be a currency only strategy. Diversification is mission critical.

3. Some trend following performance for comparison: http://www.trendfollowing.com/performance. Please keep eyes wide open to a longer time horizon v. the short-term focus of a WSJ reporter spin pen.

4. Taylor sounds as if he is using fundamentals to explain trend following strategy. Trend following is a systematic technical strategy. There is no fundamental usage.

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