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Markets are Living, Breathing Organisms. You Must Adapt.

As we head into a new year and prepare to leave the old one behind, it's natural to reflect on the challenges and opportunities we'll encounter on the road ahead.

Looking back on 2015, it was a tough year in the stock market for retail and professional investors. In fact, hedge fund returns were so poor that many funds have simply shut down or converted to family offices.

So who did well in this challenging market environment? As the Journal points out, "A Bold Few Traders Earned Billions Flouting Rivals", and conventional wisdom. By steering clear of consensus bets on oil, energy stocks, junk bonds, Apple shares, and currencies, a few skilled hedge fund managers were able to structure their own winning trades and prosper as their rivals faltered. 

Which brings us to our lesson on trading and the ever-changing nature of capital markets. Here's what S&P futures trader and "Market Wizard", Marty Schwartz told aspiring traders at Amherst College:  

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