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Trading Bad- Not A Long Running Series We Hope

Trading Bad- Not A Long Running Series We Hope

Trading in the Zone?             Trading- How Bad is Bad? Trading the last few weeks  have been very unusual. Normally I will place a trade which lasts until expiry. I have to date opened and closed  2 of these and ‘missed’ 2 more…. just this week. 18 years trading but still […]

The Basics Revisited, Take The Time, Change Your World

The Basics Revisited, Take The Time, Change Your World

But It Looks SO Complicated I have been made aware that some visiting here have struggled with the concepts. It IS hard to get one’s head around options, no question.   Many people therefore shy away. As a result, they trade something else, badly. And…….. lose their pot of cash. Our aim, which we cannot […]

Alpha and Beta

Alpha and Beta

It’s All Greek To Me http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/102714/whats-difference-between-alpha-and-beta.asp I’m not going to explain as Investopedia is way smarter than me, but it’s about performance. The Alpha Male This may be more familiar ground. The reason I mention it, is because it’s also a measurement of ourselves.  I see a lot of alpha male behaviour on the internet. […]

Taking the Other Side

Taking the Other Side

Caesar or Pompey? 2 sides to every coin, right? 2 sides to every trade-probably. By the way I was not aware of ancient Rome’s civil war either. I like the idea of having your own coin though. Ok, Back To Trading Trading should always involve considering your position from the other side. Caesar or Pompey, […]

Trade28 an Update on the Synthetic Long/Combo

In Case You’d Forgotten- The Lowdown on the Synthetic This trade involves buying a call (7300 debit 14.5) and paying for it by selling a put (7050-credit 15). Entry cost,therefore, is a tiny credit of 0.5, plus the margin required for the short put. I’d be looking for a quick turnaround, as this is directional. […]

Point and Figure Charts- Be Afraid

Point and Figure Charts- Be Afraid

  Here’s something from the vaults What IS this? It’s an old fashioned way of charting price action. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/pointandfigurechart.asp In the explanation, the columns change, due to price action. As above in this Stockcharts.com  example, which is based on a 3 box reversal. Note that each box is,therefore, worth 0.5.  X for up O for down.The chart […]

Topical, Political, Relevant.

Topical, Political, Relevant.

Powerful reasoning The above image was trotted out relating to the Republican administration in the US this week. But….. this is a key component of trading failure. This trader is a case in point: the market has hit new highs therefore it has to drop soon. Wrong. The market is a ‘wiggly line on a chart’. […]

To Train or Not To Train

To Train or Not To Train

  Couldn’t Resist the Picture, But It Makes A Point Up to 100 emails  arrive in my inbox daily, and I’m reminded of some education that is available courtesy of http://www.tradewins.com/options/ Which has a cornucopia of trading materials. I make no recommendations, nor do I pour scorn on these. We all have to find our own way. The […]

Best Way to Short the Market?

Best Way to Short the Market?

Unless you are an investor who believes in a “buy and hold” strategy, at some point you would be tempted to short the market. If you traded purely stocks, one would short “X” number of shares and hope the market goes down. If you’re a more sophisticated investor (or short term trader), you would use […]