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  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 75 With Market Moving Events Possible, We Limit Risk

    Well, this puppy closed out for 65 last night (mon 16th)Not it seems because of impending war but because the £ rose against the US$ or some such thing!

    2018/04/17 at 8:15 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on That Was The Week ending 30March

    this is a shocker- on P/E metric FTSE is hugely undervalued -extraordinary
    see:https://markets.ft.com/data/indices/tearsheet/summary?s=UKX.P:FSI

    2018/04/01 at 5:14 pm
  • From loxamborg on Trade 45 Feckless, Reckless- Why Not?

    great article

    2018/03/23 at 10:25 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 71 Xmas Festivities? - It's The snow

    This trade does of course require some margin- we are buying 6 calls and selling 8

    2018/03/18 at 7:24 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on That Was The Week Ending 16th March

    Exit IS everything remember

    2018/03/18 at 12:20 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade70 -This Kills Me, But Maybe It's The Smart Move

    Well, today was interesting not sure what is moving the markets -impending war with Russia? Who knows but one thing I would have considered here-if I’d still been in this trade would be to look at morphing into a put ratio spread and maybe spending a bit to do that- but we are only day 2 into the trade. If the market looks like it’s going off a cliff we need some protection however as anaked put get get big on you in a heartbeat.
    You may also wish to know I am not, by nature bullish so if forced to use these options,I’d have sold the call and bought the put- my stock in trade in 2008. This would have made a tasty 28 and acredit to open( I always seem to lose when I place a debit trade)

    2018/03/13 at 11:54 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade70 -This Kills Me, But Maybe It's The Smart Move

    Could have closed out this morning in the first hour for 10- but we want to have fun don’t we? When I trade these I look for a price that I might take and then look for 30% more on entry and exit. I’d take this trade for a zero debit as also could have been done today- the F has got its knickers in a twist while the DAX continues its whirling Dervish moves

    2018/03/12 at 8:23 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 69 Addressing Fear, Taking A View

    Smashed it!!!!!!! That trade could be closed out for a credit of 0.5 -That people, is £2,500 in your pocket for less than 2 days of trading. Risk was respectable,margin managed. And you want to trade bitcoin? Shares? Get with the real money

    2018/03/06 at 7:04 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on That Was The Week Ending 02March

    Tariffs- not a good idea especially as Chinese steel is not a problem being 2% of America’s steel imports. China’s economy is predicated on stealing copyright-and really we should just boycott all their stuff until they start to recognise that design and origination must be respected. It is the decent thing to do

    2018/03/04 at 11:43 am
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 69 Addressing Fear, Taking A View

    sometimes trading can seem a little abstract-it’s good to remember it’s real money,and to size positions according to the size of our account. Recently margin more than doubled- you need to take care and avoid over extending yourself.

    2018/03/04 at 11:40 am
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 65 Sell The Farm!

    the nakeds didn’t go well- the Iron condor not great but not a disaster- plenty of time for that still!

    2018/03/01 at 4:18 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 66 The Return of Crazy Vol or Realistic Pricing

    this would have closed out a couple of days ago for almost the whole 20 credit-sweeeeeet!!

    2018/03/01 at 4:12 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 67- Where To Now, Sherlock?

    Currently the put condors are showing about 50% profit- the call condor? 40% loss.
    Would you take 2 or more of these? You might end up making your broker rich while you tread water

    2018/03/01 at 4:10 pm
  • From soylatino on That Was the Week Ending 23Feb

    Thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

    2018/02/27 at 4:25 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on That Was the Week Ending 23Feb

    I admire anyone who succeeds but Mr. Buffett annoys the heck out of me and has had major losses yet managed by accident of birth to be in the market during the greatest ever economic expansion in the history of the universe. But he is an investor, and has had time on his side. We have to trade to generate profits,and that is a very different prospect. We need a bit more gas in the tank, more rpm than the fortunate Mr.B

    2018/02/24 at 8:31 pm
  • From نکس لود on Trade 66 The Return of Crazy Vol or Realistic Pricing

    It is wonderfull article
    Thanks for Sharing

    2018/02/17 at 12:21 am
    • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 66 The Return of Crazy Vol or Realistic Pricing

      just updating and trying to show disaster averted.

      2018/02/17 at 4:10 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 66 The Return of Crazy Vol or Realistic Pricing

    In my own personal trading I am underwater. As I have often said,and this is not false modesty, I’m a rubbish trader. Will the flexibility of options get me out of a hole? I hope so, but at least I was not one of these clowns who shorted VIX month after month,and now they face epic losses.
    Keep it manageable,take the pain with the gains,and to quote ‘Don’t Panic’

    2018/02/11 at 12:00 pm
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    2018/02/08 at 9:02 am
    • From Terrapin Trader on That Was the Week Ending 14th July

      We just tell it straight from the heart- no insider knowledge just the hard yards -in the hope that others avoid the pitfalls and gift their hard earned money to the banks

      2018/02/08 at 2:34 pm
  • From Jennifer on A Little Old Fashioned Approach - P&F

    Hi. Very good article,thanks for sharing. I visit this website every day.

    2018/02/01 at 11:01 am
    • From Terrapin Trader on A Little Old Fashioned Approach - P&F

      We cannot post every day but there is a lot of content that we hope people enjoy and understand. There is so much to learn in trading, yet I’m still a terrible trader!We love comments and hope we give real insights into the options world

      2018/02/01 at 5:32 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 64 Double Trouble Theta Creator

    Hindsight is 20:20 vision we know that but we have to take trades based on Friday’s prices as they are for illustration purposes only. This trade could have been placed yesterday for a CREDIT of 20! Yes life is unfair, but you can always add to your trade.
    The old adage of never add to a losing trade is the opposite for options in our experience. You take ina credit of zero and sudenly you can get 20, do it! Today the value of the trade is 7. So….even if you got a bit spooked by trade size you could take a short term view and close out the extra lots (or leave them and close out the original- a bit of humour here!)You think ETFs give you that sort of flexibility? Futures? CFDs? Options give you so much more.

    2018/02/01 at 9:27 am
  • From Julia on Point and Figure Charts- Be Afraid

    Hi. Very good article,thanks for sharing. I visit this website every day.

    2018/01/26 at 11:24 pm
  • From Tomi Thevenin on That Was The Week 28July

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    2018/01/26 at 8:35 am
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 63- Paying up When the Market Dictates

    So! The 7750s are38 and the 7650 is 94-remember we sold 2 of the 7750s for every one of the7650s we own,so it’s 94-76=18. Our cost was 11-so we make 7-a 64% profit in 2 days. We can hold on for much bigger profits but a cautious trader might close out and take some money off the table by trading multiple lots.
    We therefore book our first trade of 2018 as a clear winner.
    Welcome to our options world-how’s your tracker fund doing?

    2018/01/24 at 7:54 am
  • From Smithd30 on Pension Pot, Pensionwise, Options and Risk

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    2018/01/20 at 10:59 am
    • From Terrapin Trader on Pension Pot, Pensionwise, Options and Risk

      thanks pleas spread the word-we want to get back some of the money the fat cats have taken off us in QE! Seriously though, options are a fantastic stress free trading vehicle

      2018/01/27 at 11:54 am
  • From Jason Pedersen on That Was The Week Ending 04August

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    2018/01/13 at 6:47 am
  • From Edwardo Harbison on Trade 27- Out of the Comfort Zone

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    2018/01/10 at 10:40 pm
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    2018/01/10 at 8:59 pm
  • From Jenell Tang on The Week That Was- 24th June

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    2018/01/08 at 10:35 pm
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    2018/01/08 at 7:41 pm
  • From Shantel Deslaurier on Trade 27- Out of the Comfort Zone

    Valuable info. Lucky me I found your website by accident, and I’m shocked why this accident did not happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

    2018/01/08 at 4:10 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 62 Low Cost Low Probability, But..........

    I’d like to say just buy the bloody market and be done-because it has really taken the wind out of our sails this last year. The few opportunities there were,(2) I missed, being such a rubbish trader. A few good trades mitigated this but I am on track to have my worst year since 2010, probably- unless FTSE expires at 7700 for Jan.

    2018/01/07 at 1:51 pm
  • From nastynick on Trade 61 Christmas Looms

    according to CQG 15k lots traded in last 15 mins…

    is that reasonable volume ?

    eurostoxx closed on lows tho !

    2018/01/01 at 10:58 am
    • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 61 Christmas Looms

      sorry just seen this- read what you will into other peoples trades-we cannot know the reasoning behind them.
      Like open interest it means nothing when taken in isolation-and are they all short opening trades being taken by market makers? Who knows?
      The market is a mystery, we just make of it what we can. enjoy,and happy trading.
      PS Never trade when you are unwell-currently I am unwell.

      2018/01/06 at 4:06 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 61 Christmas Looms

    should have known these ‘erberts would ramp up FTSE for end of year’s figures as there is NO volume to speak of. Hoping for reason in 2018(unlikely) and some volatility- almost certain when events overtake the dumb money’s apathy and ignorance of actual value. Meanwhile this trade has gone horribly against us- about time! We will make adjustments as and when required but this is probably going to run to expiry.

    2018/01/01 at 9:59 am
  • From Terrapin Trader on HAPPY CHRISTMAS

    2016 and 2017 have been horrible years for traders but we have shown that when we trade smarter, with options, we can make good profits without the cold sweats and sleepless nights

    2017/12/24 at 9:45 am
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 61 Christmas Looms

    Tried to place this for a credit of 2 yesterday- close but no cigar and as the calculator shows the vol is just obscenely low. One big retailer has now been caught cooking the books. H&M having a torrid time.Who else is faking it? Is this the time for the ‘credit card max out’ coming to an end? Personal debt is shocking, and unaffordable as bloated egos continue to seek comfort in buying random tat. The best gift is time, freely given. The plastic junk bought to placate, or salve a guilty conscience is an empty gesture.

    2017/12/19 at 9:54 am
  • From Terrapin Trader on That Was The Week Ending 15Dec-Expiry

    http://www.metalsnews.com/Metals+News/BusinessInsider/The+Business+Insider+The+Money+Game/HEADLINE1192749/The+mysterious+trader+known+as+50+Cent+has+lost+197+million+betting+on+a+stock+market+meltdown.htm
    Salutory lesson- don’t let your perception cloud your trading brain-trade what is there,and what you want to get from it

    2017/12/16 at 3:00 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 60 A Double Dilemma For Expiry

    Oops! Looking at wrong data- the 7400 straddle hit about 110, NOT 180 -that is the Jan figure

    2017/12/13 at 12:46 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 60 A Double Dilemma For Expiry

    SO! Another hefty winner with the 7400 straddle- it made 180+ so you’d more than doubled your money*********,and it was limited to premium paid- no margin required.
    The condor? My weapon of choice-silly me-that has gone to almost nothing. You could have taken both trades but frankly I would not have done that as the straddle would have made coin if the condor also made money. At this time of year the volumes are wafer thin and the clowns, sorry money managers, like to ramp things up to make thewm look like they are smart.The only time we don’t get a Santa rally is when the market is hit by a dose of truth. The market NEVER drops on lies, only cold hard facts-and those are become as rare as a Blue Whale. Allegedly
    ********* see next comment- I’ll leave this obvious error

    2017/12/13 at 12:28 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on That Was The Week Ending 08Dec

    Having missd an opportunity last week it has been a process of biting my lip as nothing leapt up and said….. “TRADE ME!”

    2017/12/09 at 11:30 am
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 58 Time and Relative Value

    OK so another winning trade- currently can be closed out for about 96- so that’s a return of 20 on an investment of 75. You do the math. The oh so clever money managers have seen the FTSE up about 3% in a year- I’d really love their job! I’d only have to work for a couple of days a year

    2017/12/08 at 7:29 pm
  • From zxcv64 on Trade 58 Time and Relative Value

    Nice trade TP. This is effectively a double calendar – one for puts and one for calls. If the FTSE stays around 7400, this should be very profitable. The downside for calendars of course is the underlying movement. The further away FTSE is from 7400 on the 15th Dec, the less the profit.

    2017/12/07 at 2:09 pm
    • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 58 Time and Relative Value

      yeah it’s going nowhere fast! Just tryiong to get people excited about options but the UK makes it so hard for us these days with data at £120 a month-when the entire worldoutside the UK gives away live data because they are not terrified of a few retail traders taking their gravy boat away.

      2017/12/08 at 12:07 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 59 Low Volatility, But A Blip Up On Friday- There's Hope...

    Trade 59 hit 12 today-you could have left a limit order in at say, 10 and multiplied your money 4 times-but we want 150 don’t we?

    2017/12/06 at 7:21 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 59 Low Volatility, But A Blip Up On Friday- There's Hope...

    cheap low risk trades are not a bad idea-you only need to win 1/10

    2017/12/05 at 10:25 am
  • From zxcv64 on Trade 42 and an Apology

    This is a risk-reversal. It would be nice to give some margin required calcs – the %age profit is not simply 27/1 = 2700%, but instead it would be (27/whatever-the-margin-was) * 100.

    Love the website TP, and the trades.

    2017/12/03 at 10:14 pm
  • From zxcv64 on Wow! Trade 50- A Milestone, or a Millstone?

    I like it TP. I normally trade these on the SPX, as there are weeklies, and so theta is greater.

    2017/12/03 at 10:09 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 59 Low Volatility, But A Blip Up On Friday- There's Hope...

    This could be a real monster pay 2.5 to get 150? Are you serious?

    2017/12/03 at 3:06 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on That Was the Week Ending 01 Dec

    This trader could have made serious coin but otherwise distracted on Friday.This is why we use LIMIT ORDERS when we are busy!

    2017/12/02 at 11:29 am
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 57 Avoiding Losses, Exits Mean......... Everything

    This has made a tiny profit to date but we run calendar trades to expiry where possible to use up all the time value

    2017/11/26 at 2:50 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on Trade 54 Ratio Calendar Spread For Early Xmas

    easily made 30- super nice trade

    2017/11/18 at 4:12 pm
  • From Terrapin Trader on That Was The Week Ending 17th Nov

    A really strange time as volatility is 50% lower than ‘normal’

    2017/11/18 at 4:08 pm
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