FAQ’s

Why do you sell this information ?

We have taught people in the past for free.
We have found that sets up a problem in that they have not earned
through hard work the right to be a trader.

They invariably  simply do not continue when the going gets a
little tough as it does with trading.

Rich Dennis and Bill Eckhardt knew this and as a member of the
original Turtle program Russell Sands had to pay his dues and
trade Richard Dennis’s money for a set period after the teaching phase.

The golden rule of finance is to have 3 different sources of income.
This is one of ours.

Please note that trading in futures and forex involves substantial risk of loss, and thus is not appropriate for everyone.

Who is turtletrader ?

We get asked this so many times its on our FAQ.

You asked>> Also would you know who owns and operates turtletrader.com and 
what their experience is in the turtle trading method”
Answer>> Michael Covel is a very good author, but how good of a trader is he?
That website appeared in 1996 a full 4 years after I started
my seminars. They were not original turtles they are copycats
and are not genuine. They are however very good at selling stuff
and imitating.

If you are interested to see how real they were ask the following questions:

1. Were you employed by Richard Dennis?
2. Which Turtle Intake were you in?
3. Have you ever managed Richard Dennis’ money in the futures market?

Russell Sands can answer yes on the first 3 counts. Can the others?

Here is a typical question we get from turtletrader.com customers:

Your inquiry regarding: Neophyte Turtle

I just started with the original Turtle course from their TurtleTrader.com website.
I have a lot of questions concerning the material in the course; some of the responses
to my questions have been unsatisfactory, vague, even rude.
I need more than this to understand fully what is going on. Already spent $999 on
the course and studying diligently. Could you help further with this?

Our Response:

We are sorry to hear that but are not surprised as that seems to be the way they have done business since they copied what Russell Sands was doing. The reason for the rudeness is because they don’t know what they are talking about and have never traded the method.

We used to answer questions for their students out of sympathy and it got so much that sometimes it felt like TurtleTrader.com would refer any hard questions to us! Now we simply offer a rebate of US $1,000 for purchasers of their course (YOU MUST SEND ALL THEIR MATERIALS) off the price of our Video, DVD or Live Seminar.

Be aware that our courses come with daily emails of positions and Orders and question and answers almost 24 hours around the clock.

May I ask why would you chose them instead of with an Original Turtle who is a CTA and traded the method for over 25 years and will meet his students face to face?

What is the Difference between the Turtle Secrets Book & Video US $195
& the Turtle Trading Concepts Video Seminar ?

If you are a rank beginner the bulk of what you need to trade the System is in the Turtle Secrets Book and Video.

The system is the hard and fast rules and is good for beginners to grasp.

The Video Seminar & Live Seminar takes you to the Discretionary trader level and is more appropriate for CTAs
and professional Money Managers teaches you the finer points and teaches you the Turtle Concepts.


Which you should choose depends on your level of experience in trading and your personality.

If you like to follow simple easy to understand rules the Secrets Book & Video is a great
place to get the basics.

BUT.. If you want to really go for the highest level then the Turtle Trading Concepts gives you
everything Russell Sands was taught in the Turtle program plus ongoing support and e-Hotline.

Please note that trading in futures and forex involves substantial risk of loss, and thus is not appropriate for everyone.

Russell Sands Responds To His Critics

1. If you’re such a good trader, why do you teach seminars

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Well, I could give you a whole bunch of charitable talk about how I enjoy helping people,
which is true, but the real crux of the matter is that the most important reason is money.

I have some valuable information, I am a good teacher, and people are willing to pay me for it.
I am a real (and profitable) trader, but even the best traders in the world go through some
losing periods. Teaching is guaranteed income, with no variance, and no drawdowns.

I run a business and finance a household, and have expenses to pay every month. I cannot very
well tell my programmer or my banker that I will pay them their salary or mortgage payment the
next time I catch a big trade (whenever that may be). Also, if the teaching income allows me
to pay all my business and living expenses, then I can allow the trading profits to build up
and accumulate in my account.

And finally, people tend to like to do what they’re good at, and I happen to be very good at
teaching. Maybe better than I am at trading. Many people, from large money managers to exchange
executives, have said so. I still think I’m a pretty good trader, with over twenty years experience
and still going strong. But you know, some of the best hitting and pitching coaches in baseball were
only ‘average’ players. So even if my trading track record is not hall of fame material, that doesn’t
mean I am not well qualified to teach others.

I also like to make money. And my time is valuable.

2. Russell was fired from the Turtle program for not following the rules, and never made any money trading

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There has always been a lot of controversy surrounding this rumor, and the truth of the matter is that
I never was fired, but that I resigned. And my disagreements, if any, with Richard Dennis, had nothing
to do with not following the rules. I resigned over a difference of opinion as to what was ‘secret’
information and what was common sense. I came to this job with more experience than most, and it was
common sense to me that you trade larger volatility positions with smaller size, and vice versa. I was
overheard discussing this with some of my option trading friends one day after work, and all of a sudden
I was accused of leaking out proprietary information. I thought it was silly then, and twenty years later,
I still think it’s silly.

As for not making any money, well, 1984 was a tough year. The markets were choppy, and nobody made any money
for about the first nine months of the year. Rich himself lost money, and kept telling everyone else that
losing money was not an indication of doing anything wrong. In fact, at one point he even came in and said
that anybody who was making money at that time was probably doing something wrong (not following the rules).
Of course, extrapolating what happened in a nine month period over twenty years ago into saying that I have
never made any money trading, is also pretty silly. If I didn’t start making good money at some point,
how could I possibly have any credibility to still be in this business.

3. Other people are willing to sell the Turtle system for less money (or for more money)

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I hate to talk badly about other people, even when they talk badly about me. I have always held myself above that, and will continue to do so. There are a couple of other guys out there that are marketing “turtle” trading courses, and saying bad things about me to boost themselves up. I really have better things to do than get into a pissing contest with these clowns.

There is one guy who sells a course for about $1,000, which is a lot cheaper than mine. The only problem is, he is not a Turtle, never was a Turtle, and in fact, I have never been able to find out exactly who or what he is. Except that he has a nice slick website, and apparently a lot of experience with marketing various products over the internet. He has somehow learned some of the Turtle material, but by no means has all of it. And what is even worse, I have heard from many of his disgruntled customers that he is impossible to get hold of, and his follow up support is non-existent.

On the other end of the scale, there is another fellow, who is indeed a legitimate Turtle, and in fact one of the better ones as far as I can remember. This guy wants to give away the Turtle rules for free on his website, because he believes (as Richard Dennis has said in the past), that nobody is going to have the discipline to follow them anyway. And of course, he is right. But then his company wants to offer you a week long private trading course for the paltry fee of $25,000. Well, if you have that kind of money, please go and be my guest. But I just can’t imagine what he can teach you that I can’t that would possibly be worth that kind of money, or anything even remotely close.

The bottom line is that the material is only half the story, the more important half is the way it is taught. I know guys who are brilliant traders, but they couldn’t explain to you the first thing they do, because either they can’t quantify it, or they just don’t have the right communication skills. The value I give is not in just giving the rules, but in explaining how they work, how and when and where to use them, and to support them all with historical testing to show they really do work.

4. The Turtle system has very bad draw downs
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Yep, it’s true. But it has been my experience the draw downs typically come after a big run up in equity i.e.. after it has done really really well. Show me any good system that doesn’t go through bad periods. It just doesn’t exist. It is a fundamental law of economics, if you want to get a reward, you have to take some risk. If you are not willing to take the risk, you are don’t deserve to make anything. What is important is that the risk and reward be commensurate with each other. And in my opinion given amount of risk (and, of course, there is risk involved in trading), there is no greater profit potential than the Turtle system.

Of course, if you are not comfortable with the risk, you can also reduce your leverage and trading size down to where you can sleep at night. The great power of the Turtle system is the flexibility of the money management rules, which are designed to let you choose your own level of risk and reward, and to keep you in the game during the rough periods. Hell, anybody with a computer these days can figure out halfway decent buy and sell signals, it’s money management that is most crucial.

5. The Turtle system just doesn’t work any more

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Of all the objections and criticisms I hear, this has to be the silliest. Yes, of course, there are periods when the method just doesn’t work. False breakouts produce losses, and it can go this way for months at a time. But this is a long term system, one that has been consistently profitable for over twenty years, and I believe it will continue to do so.

But hey, don’t take my word for it. Thank god for machines like computers and programs like Tradestation. There is no computer program in the world that can predict the future, so I can’t guarantee that the Turtle method will continue to be profitable forever.  But I can show you that it has been very consistently profitable almost every year since Dennis and Eckhardt taught it to us back in 1983. And there are no tricks here, no curve fitting, no optimizing. The exact same rules, applied the exact same way, to all the different markets, year after year. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. You can read the code and print out the results for yourself.

This stuff works, plain and simple. If you learn the rules, and have the patience and discipline to follow them, you should be fine. If somebody, be it Russell Sands or Richard Dennis, or anybody else, messes up and doesn’t follow their own rules, you can say whatever you like about the personal disciplinary shortcomings of that person as a trader, but that still in no way will invalidate either the legitimacy or the profitability of the system itself.

 

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