Stocks & Commodities V. 33:08 (24–25, 31): Laws Of The Vital Few by Dirk Vandycke

Stocks & Commodities V. 33:08 (24–25, 31): Laws Of The Vital Few by Dirk Vandycke
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Laws Of The Vital Few by Dirk Vandycke

Last month in part 1, you saw that gravity and emotional capacity are two of the markets’ strong underlying forces. Here in this second part, we’ll explore how some hidden power laws can affect the individual trader’s profits and thus why you should be aware of them.

The 80–20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle or Juran’s principle, named after Vilfredo Pareto and Joseph M. Juran, is commonly heard of in different walks of life. It is also known as the law of the vital few and trivial many. This law states that a large part of the input (the trivial many) only accounts for a small part (the vital few) of the system’s effects (Figure 1). It is common to hear the Pareto principle pop up in fields such as manufacturing, management, and human resources, but I’ll focus on its relevance to the financial markets...

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