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RETURN FROM TRADING

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  1. Shares magazine gave your predictions a bit of a drubbing in the February 2005 edition. How do the large losses in some predictions fit with your investment plan?
  2. What does "time weighted average capital" mean in Newsletter No 39?
  3. Could you please give me an indication of the sort of annual average percentage return I might expect to get if I start trading?
  4. Could you please give me an indication of the sort of annual average percentage return you get on your capital?
  5. I have read that if you are out of the market on the best 10 or 20 days, it seriously reduces your return? What do you think?
  6. In Newsletter 34 you asked a potential short term trader for 15%pa return over two years. If you only trade the long side, how can you do this?
  7. Could you please tell me the best way to daytrade the stock market and make +/- 10-15% on each trade after brokerage?
  8. Is it not possible to increase returns by margin lending and further spicing them by using derivatives?
  9. If a share is sold for $39.00, less than 90 days after purchase, will the return to an investor be greater if he bought cum an 80c dividend at $35.00 or on the ex dividend date for $34.20?
  10. Is 20%pa a reasonable rate of return for the average stock market investor?
  11. What are the realistic returns one should expect from trading?