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Trade 106 Week Ending 16November

Trade 106 Week Ending 16November

A Bit of A Drop, Take a Break, Sit (See what I did there?)  Guffaws of laughter, conspicuous by absence! I love wordplay and enjoy humour in our bewildered media. Nobody can honestly have a clue what it now means to stay in or leave the EU.  The overly lauded economic growth is a symptom […]

Trade 105 Week Ending 09 November, Politics and Markets

Trade 105 Week Ending 09 November, Politics and Markets

Up Down, More of The Same Barely a move, yet Tuesday being 45 days to expiry (DTE) would have served me perfectly with my December put strategies.  I didn’t of course take the trade. Because,(scaredy cat me) in the last couple of months there was one entry I happily missed. FTSE dropped hugely. Would I […]

Trade 104 Week Ending 02 Novembrrrrrr

Trade 104 Week Ending 02 Novembrrrrrr

Volatility Peaked Then Dipped, on Big Rises and Falls   That Was The Week In a week FTSE has risen 2.2% from 6939.56 to 7094.12. We note trade volumes much greater on the down days. Volatility remains heightened. Non farm payrolls were ok giving the FED licence to raise interest rates. Wages-the key ingredient in […]

Trade 103 Week Ending 26 October

Trade 103 Week Ending 26 October

That Was The Week, a Bit of Uppy Downy For Once A bit of excitement this week over 250 point range but basically after all the shouting, FTSE is down about 100 points. More to come? We need a good shake out sometimes as Vol has been in the closet for so long. and on […]

Trade101 Week Ending 12October

Trade101 Week Ending 12October

Oh My! Some Drop, Who Saw That Coming? Er, most of us, But Not That Big The  drop since 03 October-  6.66% when FTSE was 7510 and it all looked ok. Warnings abounded- “bond yields!” They screamed, FED rate hikes they exclaimed. Markets drop from highs-only the fund managers buy at the top. The classic ‘they are […]

Trade100! Week Ending 05 October

Trade100! Week Ending 05 October

Our Maiden Century(With thanks to Giphy.com) What does it mean? Statistically 100 events can have some meaning attached for analysis. I think we have about 5 losing trades, by the way. In due course a summary of these 100 trades will be made available. A lot to get through this week as the interminable FTSE […]

Trade 95 Week Ending 31 August

Trade 95 Week Ending 31 August

Some Graphics To Pore Over, and a Great Exit for Trade 94 As we ALL know- don’t we, volatility rises when the market falls. It can rise when the market rises but it is a measure of the cost of risk. For premium sellers it is a thing of beauty, for those already short premium, […]

Trade 94 Week Ending 24 August

Trade 94 Week Ending 24 August

The Week That Time forgot Actually the whole of August has been pretty lame, for FTSE, though August 15th served us well with a 1.5% drop. August is the month when movers and shakers are away. The office cat is actually managing your funds! I like the ‘up day/down day‘ measure and August has 50% […]

Trade 93 Week Ending 17August

Trade 93 Week Ending 17August

What a Spikey Week! Big old vol spike on Wednesday. 5 consecutive down days (long overdue). And…. a terrific opportunity to double down with whatever position you like! I think this is more like it, though we may be heading back to that magnetic 7650 level. What do I know about levels? We’ll get to […]

Trade 76 When The Market's A Bit Too Happy

Trade 76 When The Market’s A Bit Too Happy

When Vol is Neither Big nor small We sometimes like to go directional, but an outright purchase of options is not …a great option. We could buy a put, a put spread,a call or a call spread. This would be safer than a combination (risk reversal for US traders). A combo is the buying of […]