Paul Tudor Jones II

June 30, 2008  

"I selfishly do not want to be regulated, but I understand the necessity of it."

[UPDATE: Read AR's exclusive profile, Tudor returns to its roots, in our September 2010 issue.] Is it possible to teach someone to be a tape reader - what some might call a trend follower or technical analyst?Certain people have a greater proclivity for it because they don't have the need to feel intellectually superior to the crowd. It's a personality thing. But a lot of it is environmental. Many of the successful macro guys today, they're all kind of in my age range. They came from that period of crazy volatility of the late '70s and early '80s, when the amount of fundamental information available on assets was so limited and the volatility so extreme that one had to be a technician. It's very hard to find a pure fundamentalist who's also a very successful macro trader because it is so hard to have a hit rate north of 50...

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