Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The most signicant lesson Soros taught Druckenmiller

The most signicant lesson Soros taught him, Druckenmiller suggested, was “that it’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong. The few times that Soros has ever criticized me was when I was really right on a market and didn’t maximize the opportunity.”

He learned this soon after he began work at Quantum. He had been unenthusiastic about the dollar and he took a large short position against the German mark. The position began to go in his favor, and he was quite pleased with himself. Soros dropped in on him in his ofce and discussed the trade.

“How big a position do you have?” he asked.

“One billion dollars,” Druckenmiller answered.

“You call that a position?” Soros said, a question that has become part of Wall Street folklore.

Soros suggested that Druckenmiller double his position. He did. And, just as Soros had predicted, even more prots poured into Quantum.

“Soros has taught me,” noted Druckenmiller, “that when you have tremendous conviction on a trade, you have to go for the jugular. It takes courage to be a pig. It takes courage to ride a prot with huge leverage. As far as Soros is concerned, when you’re right on something, you can’t own enough.”

Source: SOROS - The Unauthorized Biography, Robert Slater

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