Featured Articles

That Was The Week ending 30March

 FTSE Madness A curious week with Thursday’s action seeing the ‘F’ drop 50 points at the end of the day. Cold feet ahead of the long break? Overall up just under 2% and volatility doing a few twists and turns. Again this does not seem reflected in options prices that we look at. The index […]

That Was the Week Ending 09March

Tariffs and Tantrums So, not everyone is happy about tariffs. Canada and Mexico exempted but Asian countries not amused. We are being treated to stable genius economics. Trade wars don’t usually work out well and Trump may have bullied rivals in tiny world, but not in the big world. Curiously the US economy ‘looks’ fabulous,and […]

That Was The Week Ending 02March

How did Things Go? Dax loses over 5%. FTSE 2.8%  In monetary terms however it’s about the same as FTSE is worth twice as much as the DAX. The US markets made a big reverse and rose 2.5% off the day’s lows.The Nasdaq tends to lead the market and was positive >1%yesterday(down 1.6% on the […]

That Was the Week Ending 23Feb

  The Week’s Action A 100 point range all week and some downside, losing about 1%. Low volumes, which may mean a bit of a breather-or indecision as it’s better known. The bigger picture? Central banks and inflation seem to be the prime culprits for the uppy downy stuff. Where Are We, Where are the […]

That Was the Week Ending 16Feb

  With Thanks To Stock Twits This what happens when you short VIX. This is what happens when you trade a strategy: Margin increase from 16% of account to 50% of account. Trade went £2k per lot underwater. Don’t panic !!!!!! VIX spikes are temporary, and we can adjust. Outcome: Trade profitable £300 per lot.Unnecessary adjustment cost […]

That Was The 2nd EEEEk that was 09February

Here’s What Happened 7443 down to 7092– a drop of 4.7%. VFTSE effectively doubled. So,margin increased 3 to 5 fold. Nobody rejoices in this-even those who doubtless have made a fortune. Such huge moves, even greater in the US and reflected in Futures trades, are ugly events. How Are We Doing? Well our last 2 trades […]

  • Other Recent Articles

  • That Was The Week Ending 06April

    That Was The Week Ending 06April

    Some Housekeeping First: Trade 73 Another Victory For the record- Trade72 would still be underwater if we’d run as a straight strangle but next week might see some big downside. So our short 7150 calls will likely be a bit less juicy,and in our favour. Last week we ran through some adjustments,and we don’t have […]

  • Trade72 Volatility Spikes Don't Last

    Trade72 Volatility Spikes Don’t Last

      Strangle- Naked, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know! Yes, a naked trade ! Normally we would never go naked but this is for demo purposes, and is a volatility play. As the VIX chart demonstrates we had a low base then a bump up to around 15,then big spikes up followed by big candles […]

  • That Was The Week ending 23March

    That Was The Week ending 23March

    Volatility rising as the market drops 23Mar2018 ICYMI Trade 70- Not For the Faint hearted Our trade would have been a disaster if we’d hung on. I did claim ‘author’s rights‘ as we aim to educate and I have not been around to record historic prices- apologies. You would have smashed it had you sold […]

  • Trade 71 Xmas Festivities? - It's The snow

    Trade 71 Xmas Festivities? – It’s The snow

    Something a Bit Left Field But Not Too Crazy We always want to educate and entertain- in that order. So this week’s offering is something a little unusual in the size of the legs,and this trade has 4 legs. Sounds like a bit of a Frankenstein but it can be called a Christmas tree,as pictorially […]

  • All Recent Articles