Interview with Ed Seykota

By Thom Hartle

Abstract / Introduction:

Ed Seykota, whose thoughts and insights were chronicled in Jack Schwager’s book Market Wizards, has been involved with trading commodities since the late 1960s. According to Market Wizards, Seykota’s “model account” — an actual customer account — started with $5,000 in 1972 and to date has earned more than a 250,000% gain. Recently, in a new challenge, he purchased data and software vendor Technical Tools.

STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Thom Hartle interviewed Seykota in a series of written correspondence that took place over several months ending in May 1992, during which Hartle posed a number of questions relevant to all traders, including any secrets to trading successfully. Not too surprisingly, the answer to that was the same answer as for any endeavor — persistence and commitment!