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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 […]

That Was the Eeeeek Ending 02February

What The Heck? Who pulled the plug? This is classic-the trader cannot update beliefs about the market. Call it torpor,whatever but this is the first dip and it’s a year overdue. Should we feel out of touch? Yes, in a nutshell,we have been asleep at the wheel. Personally I was long a call strategy, but also have […]

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  • Trade 68, The Bleak Prospects,Taking a View

    Trade 68, The Bleak Prospects,Taking a View

      The Bleak Picture…………(actually it’s 2010) The bigger picture? Well, we are talking about options Trade 68, I jest about the snow. Resistance for FTSE? 7450. And support? 7100– in my view. VIX is still a bit spicy, VFTSE not so much-what do we make of this? Not a great time to buy or sell, but as always we […]

  • Trade 67- Where To Now, Sherlock?

    Trade 67- Where To Now, Sherlock?

    Reading The Signs, Finding the Trade Here’s a naked chart of FTSE. So what can we read into it? But before that- are there are skeptics out there who dislike charts? I railed against their use for years as I’m not good with visuals, and prefer numbers. To say I failed at art at school […]

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