How the Turtle Traders Became Millionaire Trading Commodities

Have you ever heard of the Turtle Traders? Maybe not. If not, then read this article to know the amazing story of how novices known as Turtle Traders became millionaires in a matter of a few years trading commodity futures. The story starts in 1983!

Richard Dennis one of the great commodity trader who had started with $300 as a small time trader eventually ended up making $150M. He always believed that trading was something that anyone could learn and become a great trader. One day, he had an argument with his trading partner and his close friend Bill Eckhart. Bill argued that great traders are only born. You can’t do anything about it.

So to settle the matter once for all. Both decided to start a project. An advertisement was made in the New York Times, Barrons and the famous Wall Street Journal to apply for trading apprenticeship with them. Thousands applied. Out of them only 13 people were selected for the project. These 13 people had never traded before and had no experience of any market.

These 13 people were given a set of rules. These people became famous as the Turtle Traders and these set of rules became famous as the Turtle Trading Rules. The turtles were told to stick with these rules under all market conditions. Turtle would trade futures contracts on gold, silver, soybean, crude oil, currencies, stock indexes and so on always choosing the most liquid contracts. They did not have to think or do anything else except applying those rules in a rigorous manner.

In a few years times, almost all the turtle traders were millionaires themselves. A few failed. The reason was simple! They ignored the rules. Over the years, this project became famous as the Turtle Trading Experiment. What this experiment demonstrated is that anyone can become a great trader if he or she has a good tested rule based trading system. It also demonstrated the importance of trading discipline and trading psychology in trading!

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