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That Was The Week Ending 06July

That Was The Week Ending 06July

A Week of Economic Data A great free resource https://www.forexfactory.com/calendar.php and this: https://www.bls.gov Meanwhile in our own special corner of the globe, the FTSE’s volumes have dried up somewhat to around 600 million daily. We used to see 2 billion daily, long ago,but this time of year, the bosses go away. The junior manager left to oversee things […]

That Was The Week Ending 29June

That Was The Week Ending 29June

When The Market Goes Nowhere We’ve  dropped  some 40 points on the week but the uppy/downy allowed this trader to enter more positions. The more important value though is the VFTSE. For each of us the criteria may be different but on the whole, we sell more options than we buy when Vol is high. […]

Trade 85  Not Just 'Any Old Iron'

Trade 85 Not Just ‘Any Old Iron’

Trade 84- Nothing To Report With 26 days to expiry, Trade 84 is pretty much where we left it, so nothing to do but wait until we get near expiry. This is the natural cycle of events with options of course, where we use theta to our advantage. Time decay is no guarantee of trade […]

That Was The Week Ending18 May

That Was The Week Ending18 May

Not Unexpected Move For Expiry Week FTSE up yet another percent- though it had become a feature in 2017 for ‘down’ expiry weeks. I make no suggestion that the big market players were short, but were they? We now seem to be all guns blazing onwards and upwards. Who or what could derail this ? […]

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 […]

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Bitcoin gets all festive! This is why we trade options- smarter, limited risk, sensible profits. Somebody bought Bitcoin at $20,000. Maybe it’ll go to $1 million. Maybe it’ll go back to $0.10. HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM US-KEEP FOLLOWING,WE MAY HAVE SOME VERY GOOD NEWS SOON.

Trade 57 Avoiding Losses, Exits Mean......... Everything

Trade 57 Avoiding Losses, Exits Mean……… Everything

Cutting To The Chase It’s a ratio calendar strangle and it looks like this: Trade 57  Nuts and Bolts-Let’s Speak Greeks The best offer and it’s not flippin’ Black Friday! We have done the maths and while the graph looks pretty darn good….. How’s things in the back office? Delta: 0.111 against, Gamma: 28 against, […]

That Was The Week Ending 10 th Nov

That Was The Week Ending 10 th Nov

FTSE This Week  – DOWN!  :  Monday- Friday  a drop  of 130 . 1.7% in old money – a variety of causes- currency and consumer among others. Daily Volatility: 7.5-11.6 from about 9.31 to 10.61   FTSE cash index – open 7560  high 7582 low 7422 close 7433 FTSE volatility-  9.31-10.6     (last week: 10.26 close 9.31)  What Trades Would Have Done well, this week? Well, not much to report- […]

Pension Pot,Actual and  Potential Part II of a Series

Pension Pot,Actual and Potential Part II of a Series

The £100k Pension Pot, Options, Risk Did you know? For example a £100,000  pension pot equates to £4-£5k  option premium each month. Let’s say you have 2 negative months each year that’s still £40k– twenty times what you’d get with a savings account. Realistic? Alright halve that amount-trade conservative that’s £20k. Use your capital gains  allowance: […]

That was the Week ending 11 August

That was the Week ending 11 August

Why We Love Point & Figure The triple top on FTSE gave us a massive clue that price exhaustion had been reached. While these are old fashioned they are such a great visual aid. Free from http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/marketsummary.html?E FTSE’s New  Range.(-240) Higher Volatility up to 18%+ FTSE cash index-    7512 open close 7310 high 7551 low 7297   (  last week 7368 open […]