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Trade 123 Week Ending 15March

Trade 123 Week Ending 15March

That Was The Week We noted that Brexit hysteria was conspicuous by its absence. In fact the market was positively serene. So, 5 consecutive up days, up 1.74% and on the week the £sterling is up 2.16%. Don’t worry, be happy. Thus, bewildered does not even come close to the Brexit sentiment, and this trader is sidelined […]

Trade122 Week ending 08March

Trade122 Week ending 08March

That Was The Week- Not Much To Endear One To FTSE So…the market drops 3 points but the last 2 down days saw volatility shrink.  We understand this goes against perceived wisdom. Same as stock market versus political turmoil /bond yields/ currencies/ commodities/ gold/ CNBC. So,are there any reliable metrics that can give us clue? Traders […]

Trade 121 Week Ending 01March

Trade 121 Week Ending 01March

That Was The Week We saw a drop of 1% and barely a wobble given the level of crazy. Traders are however, duly concerned about the low volatility as VIX also scrapes along the bottom- currently 13.57% which equates to low vol in mid 2018. We would like to use IV ranking, or levels that […]

Trade120 Week ending 22 February

Trade120 Week ending 22 February

  FTSE down a miserly 58 points on the week, as vol drops big time. That Was The Week So….nothing troubling, just another uppy downy week in the face of so much impending chaos. As per usual I get a great deal of emails but here’s something that challenged my ideas and bias: I Also […]

Trade 118 Week ending  08 February-an apology

Trade 118 Week ending 08 February-an apology

Apology Sorry- I confused last week’s trade with 116 when it should have been 117. We will look at them both shortly. Meanwhile: So- What’s Going On? Europe in disarray-desperate attempts to save Deutsche Bank, the DAX has big down days, the £sterling barely blinks. I am naturally cynical and firmly believe people talk up […]

Trade117 Week Ending 01February

Trade117 Week Ending 01February

Noooooooo!!!! Don’t Take Our Volatility The vol Grinch has been at it again. From 16 to 13 that is a big ouch! FTSE rose 3.098%, to be pedantic. So what’s the takeaway this week? Brexit, chaos in Parliament as another historic vote becomes ‘simply historic’. The £ has risen too, and so have bonds, and […]

Trade113 Week Ending 04Jan2019

Trade113 Week Ending 04Jan2019

Up 3% on the week- nobody saw that coming, but we don’t mind.Vol dropping massively,as you’d expect. Did I take advantage at 45DTE on Wednesday? Not saying-ok, I missed out! Grrrrrrr New Year, Same Old Crazy Here we are in 2019, and we are sure all our readers are not only solvent, but profitable. So […]

Trade 112 Week Ending 28 December- Keeping Our Cash Safe

Trade 112 Week Ending 28 December- Keeping Our Cash Safe

What The Actual????? A Wild Ride This Week So, nobody was more relieved than I that the US markets smashed up in record trading after horrible falls. Though it’s silly season, it is unsettling to see such huge drops. We also saw 10 consecutive down days on the SPX. Maybe it was algo’s pension funds […]

Trade111 Week Ending 21 December-Almost Xmas

Trade111 Week Ending 21 December-Almost Xmas

Down Down Down Oh dear- the US got smashed to bits: SPX 2591-2416 a ‘uge 7% drop. We fared somewhat better- around 2% drop but from the high 7790 in August we are off by almost 14%. The omens are not good and we should bear in mind that the big pension funds get their […]

Trade110 Week ending 14December2018

Trade110 Week ending 14December2018

Up For The Week- Didn’t Feel Like It Despite a rock solid time tested number of strategies and managed risk, I still get bouts of ‘uncomfortable concern’. I have to remind myself how many times I’ve been in trades and made  ££££££££, when things looked ugly. February and September this year were big drops, but […]