Apr 13

How to increase the odds

Trader's Mindset

I wanted to share a simple idea how to shift the odds of anything you want to accomplish in your favor, like trading successfully, without requiring strong belief. First, simply imagine that there are odds on your probability of success– you can think of them like call options on your trading successfully. The call options […]

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Apr 06

Jade lizard variation

Graybox Trading

I wanted to share a very interesting Jade Lizard options variation that may be useful for directional traders and provide added edge. The Setup The strategy involves selling a put below the market, buying a call at the market, and selling a call above the market. What this allows the trader to do is create […]

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Mar 31

Observations on profits and losses

Trader's Mindset

I note the behaviors over the years that have tended to make me profits and behaviors that have lost me profits. These are the behaviors that have tended to make me profits: Introspecting my internal confidence and carefully weighing it to take my highest confidence ideas. Verbalizing my predictions. Ranking my trade ideas. Honing my […]

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Mar 26

Brief thoughts on better trading

Trader's Mindset

I made a list of my current best insights to improve my trading: Practice discipline in risk management. Know your maximum acceptable risk per trade, per day, per week. Take advantage of external risk control, as well. A broader scope allows capturing more opportunity. However, it is critical to be even more risk astute and […]

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Mar 25

Better trading mindset

Trader's Mindset

The Indian yogi Sadhguru speaks a lot about how we are products of memory. Disregarding beliefs, it is self-evident that we are largely defined by our memories and should make efforts to be more aware of it. Because if we allow memory to overly define us then we could be limiting ourselves. For example, imagine […]

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Mar 22

Don’t Blame the Stop Loss

Trader's Mindset

The E-mini futures are arguably the best products available for trading today. The S&P 500 E-mini ES futures is undoubtedly my favorite trading instrument. However, a single contract is probably too large for a mediocre or average trade and trading several lots demands strict discipline. I think if the S&P 500 E-Micro trades as well […]

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Mar 22

Insights into better trading

Trader's Mindset

One quality that I feel that can make for better discretionary trading is a good read of the market and a good ability to gauge trade quality through confidence, qualitative, and quantitative factors. I find tape reading and quantitative insights to be most useful. But, it is just as important that when one has a […]

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Mar 22

On the speculative radar

Markets

I wanted to share some of my speculative and thematic trade ideas. Current market themes are dissipating China trade fears, increasing concern over recession, and decreasing concern over rate hikes. The dramatic rally in the equities led to many traders getting or feeling locked out of participating– so any dips will likely be aggressively bought […]

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Mar 20

On the speculative radar

Markets

I wanted to share some of my speculative and thematic trade ideas. These should not be viewed as recommendations. DIS (Disney): Bullish. This stock has moved down fairly dramatically from previous trading range. It looks like the catalyst was acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Depending on how it opens, my idea would be to sell […]

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