I've been an investor for about 12 years now. My annual return, November 2008 until today, is 25.77% on my stock portfolio, which is heavy on AAPL, BRK.B and recently TSLA. Mostly buy and hold, hardly any trades.
I'm starting to expand my financial endeavors into day trading, specifically scalping futures on equity indexes. With about 50 trades or so, I made over 25% in less than a month now, that would be 14x p.a. OK it might beginner's luck, I don't expect these kinds of returns to persist.
I did all these trades manually, and am transitioning to automated trading using IBKR and Pyhton.
I'm reading what experts say about expected returns in day trading. Andreas Clenow prouds himself with a track record of 20% in trading futures (trend following) over the past few decades. This all seems really low to me - why do people go through all the hassle of trading if buy and hold gives equal or better returns?
I would love to get some real life examples about what kind of returns I can expect with trading futures on the Nasdaq100 or S&P500?