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Trade 157 Week Ending15 November

Trade 157 Week Ending15 November

That Was The Week When Nothing Happened Market watchers lament the death of volatility, and note the going-nowhereness of the UK market. However we see new highs in the US. Curiously our winning trades needed the drop.This was delivered, predicated on a strong pound/totally random unconnected events. Crazy times as we know a 100 point […]

Trade156 Week Ending 08Nov

Trade156 Week Ending 08Nov

That Was The Week -We Ground Higher, Then Dropped Impeachment, drop out MPs and yet the financial markets grind away. So the S&P up 23% FTSE 9% YTD. And we just saw the S&P hit an all time high. Life’s good-borrow for nothing buy the dips. What could go wrong? How about this?       […]

Trade 153 Week Ending 18 October, More Brexit.

Trade 153 Week Ending 18 October, More Brexit.

The Week of Utter Bewilderment- again There are no words, it’s politics of the lowest calibre. Let’s stick with our trading. FTSE did have a blip up to save our trade 150, and then a trip down. However, 151 and it’s sister 152 did fabulous business.I had a disappointing quick put spread that did zip. Here’s […]

Trade150! Week Ending 27Sept and a Biiiig Apology

Trade150! Week Ending 27Sept and a Biiiig Apology

Business As Usual Resumed This Week Big apology as there was no contribution last week due to a certain trader being away courtesy of Thomas Cook (last known share price 3.45p). I should have suspected there might be issues but when sun and sea and history all beckoned, the rose tinted specs were ON! I […]

Trade 147 Week Ending 30August  The PM's Lost It! Panic some more

Trade 147 Week Ending 30August The PM’s Lost It! Panic some more

That Was The Week Well, we saw panic as GBPUSD dropped 1% thanks to Bojo, then recovered to its previous level at 1.22. Curiously FTSE took a dive at the same time but then recovered, as everyone looked up from their screens and decided it’s political nonsense. I took a view that perhaps the PM had […]

Trade146- Yes, Panic! Orange Alert

Trade146- Yes, Panic! Orange Alert

A Reminder of What We Do -For New Readers As I talk with non-traders who have no idea about options, I’m in a bit of a dilemma. Sure I could go in all guns blazing-the Greeks etc. However I like the analogy of the insurance market. Options are a kind of insurance. Thus the options […]

Trade145 Week Ending 16 August- Don't Panic!

Trade145 Week Ending 16 August- Don’t Panic!

    That Was The Week The US got a bit crazy with that 3% drop on Wednesday. This trader thought there’d be a bounce and closed out what would have been the perfect long put position at 7200. However 30% of max profit is ok too. Traders nursing big losses in the recent turmoil […]

Trade144 Week Ending 09August- Content Added

Trade144 Week Ending 09August- Content Added

That Was The Week So, from the precipitous drop as seen from the open on Monday to close on Friday, this was the tiniest move, with some major wobbles in between. Traders with a keen eye will have seen how small the volumes are. While we know it’s the silly season for the press,and the […]

Trade 143 Week Ending 02August

Trade 143 Week Ending 02August

That was the Week- When The Markets Were Trumped by a Tweet Fooled By Randomness In a week that saw the market swoon from a dreary FED announcement, a bonkers Tweet and an innocuous non farm payrolls report. Instead of making idle coment I’d like to introduce a couple of things that caught my eye […]

Trade 141 Week Ending 19th July

Trade 141 Week Ending 19th July

That was the Week What Happened? Almost Nothing Apologies I will try to source VFTSE or an equivalent to give at least a flavour of market sentiment. It requires no Nobel prize to see that the market is not volatile. However-don’t you just love it when financial commentators talk about how volatile it’s been? Faisal […]