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That Was the Week Ending 09March

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 […]

Trade 69 Addressing Fear, Taking A View

Trade 69 Addressing Fear, Taking A View

Trade 69- Avoiding The Nasties I love the versatility of options -it’s like being able to buy/sell a stock today/next week/next month. And when we want to spend nothing or get a credit,the choices are huge. Can I say mahoosive? We look at the permutations in Trade 69.               […]

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 […]

Trade 64 Double Trouble Theta Creator

Trade 64 Double Trouble Theta Creator

Trade 64 A Bit of a Frankenstein. Our offering this week  is the sale of 2 near month puts while buying a wide put spread in the next month. A ratio calendar, with an extra short put. Here Come The Greeks- The Two We are Focussed On, Delta & Theta 7350/7150 Mar put spread 35-18= 17. We […]

That Was The Week Ending 26th January

That Was The Week Ending 26th January

Here’s What the Week Looked Like To Us. A Drop! More Than 1%! Well, it fizzled out and volatility had a tiny blip which did nought for options prices. This kind of move makes traders believe it might be the start of a bigger slide. We just see forlorn looking options prices-though selling certain options […]

Trade 63- Paying up When the Market Dictates

Trade 63- Paying up When the Market Dictates

Let’s Jump Straight In With Trade 63 Without too much ceremony it’s been a grim year for traders. A great year for passive investors. FTSE up nearly 7%,with barely a bump in the road. The number of 1% down days was the lowest since 1379 (kidding!). It was stupid low. So how are we to […]

Update to Trades 61 & 62 We are NOT Losers!

Update to Trades 61 & 62 We are NOT Losers!

Big Apology To the Faithful Followers There has been a lot of illness recently and absence from the UK. Our aim was always to show  weekly trades. One huge lesson learned many years ago- never trade while you are ill. So we do say sorry and we’ll keep taking the medicine, and aim to bring more […]

Trade 62 Low Cost Low Probability, But..........

Trade 62 Low Cost Low Probability, But……….

Playing Not To Lose I read a book some years ago with the above title. No! NOT Trade 62! It interests me that this remit of not losing should be such a common method.Winning requires greater risk than not losing. We know there are times, however, when the trade risk does not make sense. When […]

Trade 61 Christmas Looms

Trade 61 Christmas Looms

A Final Stab At 2017’s Awful Market-Trade? What Trade? Awful? Yes this has not been a trader’s market-it’s been a buy fest- with more cash from cheap credit. I think nobody cares about the bill, what could go wrong? Are we scratching around for a trade?  Recession in 2018? We are no longer  talking about […]