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Trade 152 Week Ending 11 October

Trade 152 Week Ending 11 October

What a Week – High Drama Low Expectations So, Brexit, China/US trade talks…. or the FED? You decide. Buyers of GBPUSD got excited, as we saw from 1.2227 to 1.2703. A 3.9% jump. Curiously FTSE100 up just over 1% from 7160 this week -normally it moves counter to sterling. FTSE250 -well,  as you can see! […]

Trade 151 Week Ending 04October

Trade 151 Week Ending 04October

FTSE Warts an’ All    And our German Counterparts Get This: VDAX- Who Knew? So, I understand this is new but it is sick making that the self proclaimed financial centre of the globe here, gives us a big fat zero. Traders may ponder quite what the VDAX means as an entity. This trader might […]

Trade150! Week Ending 27Sept and a Biiiig Apology

Trade150! Week Ending 27Sept and a Biiiig Apology

Business As Usual Resumed This Week Big apology as there was no contribution last week due to a certain trader being away courtesy of Thomas Cook (last known share price 3.45p). I should have suspected there might be issues but when sun and sea and history all beckoned, the rose tinted specs were ON! I […]

Trade149 Week ending Friday 13th

Trade149 Week ending Friday 13th

That Was The Week FTSE up about 1.17% on reasonable volume, volatility off the proverbial cliff, sort of. Sterling had a big rally so it’s a surprise to see FTSE also gaining. Faith in the UK is undiminished despite the dim antics as Parliament finished. (See what I did there?) Traders will doubtless have been setting up […]

Trade148 Week Ending 06Sept  Brexit Means Bloxit.

Trade148 Week Ending 06Sept Brexit Means Bloxit.

  That Was The Week – Political Pettifoggery No comment needed, we trade options, manage risk sensibly and separate noise from signal. We are awaiting news on VFTSE, but VIX is a fair proxy for now. Tuesday saw some nice volatility, and this trader again ignored the *45dte trading window. Why? Curiously,in a conversation about […]

Trade 147 Week Ending 30August  The PM's Lost It! Panic some more

Trade 147 Week Ending 30August The PM’s Lost It! Panic some more

That Was The Week Well, we saw panic as GBPUSD dropped 1% thanks to Bojo, then recovered to its previous level at 1.22. Curiously FTSE took a dive at the same time but then recovered, as everyone looked up from their screens and decided it’s political nonsense. I took a view that perhaps the PM had […]

Trade146- Yes, Panic! Orange Alert

Trade146- Yes, Panic! Orange Alert

A Reminder of What We Do -For New Readers As I talk with non-traders who have no idea about options, I’m in a bit of a dilemma. Sure I could go in all guns blazing-the Greeks etc. However I like the analogy of the insurance market. Options are a kind of insurance. Thus the options […]

Trade145 Week Ending 16 August- Don't Panic!

Trade145 Week Ending 16 August- Don’t Panic!

    That Was The Week The US got a bit crazy with that 3% drop on Wednesday. This trader thought there’d be a bounce and closed out what would have been the perfect long put position at 7200. However 30% of max profit is ok too. Traders nursing big losses in the recent turmoil […]

Trade144 Week Ending 09August- Content Added

Trade144 Week Ending 09August- Content Added

That Was The Week So, from the precipitous drop as seen from the open on Monday to close on Friday, this was the tiniest move, with some major wobbles in between. Traders with a keen eye will have seen how small the volumes are. While we know it’s the silly season for the press,and the […]

Trade 143 Week Ending 02August

Trade 143 Week Ending 02August

That was the Week- When The Markets Were Trumped by a Tweet Fooled By Randomness In a week that saw the market swoon from a dreary FED announcement, a bonkers Tweet and an innocuous non farm payrolls report. Instead of making idle coment I’d like to introduce a couple of things that caught my eye […]