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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Mar 19

The Small Exchange

Markets

While the intentions were understandable, the “Pattern Day Trading” rule that applies to stocks and options has limited the ability for small traders to effectively day trade and potentially created a lot of harm, as a result. This one rule has pushed traders into questionable and disadvantaged prop firm arrangements (of course, if one finds […]

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Mar 18

Filtering for Success

Markets , System Trading

There are many futures markets that one can trade. The question worth asking is which markets are offering the best opportunity and thus most worth focusing on? One measure that may be of use that is widely used in the options world is IV Rank and the associated IV Percentile. Sage Anderson, over at TastyTrade, […]

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Mar 17

Verticals for Futures Traders

Markets , System Trading

If you are restricting yourself to day trading futures, you are limited as a trader, and you might not be using the best tool for the job in all cases. At least until the Micro’s are introduced in May, most of the futures products are very large contracts which can make it difficult to hold […]

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Mar 14

Options as proxy for futures trades?

System Trading

I like the simplicity of the directional futures trade. However, the large notional values can be a problem for smaller accounts. Many system traders believe that it is easier to build consistently profitable swing trading systems over day trading systems. Yet, many futures accounts are not properly capitalized to swing trade futures. While the CME […]

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Mar 14

Opportunity in Stocks & Options

Markets

While historically, I have preferred futures and plan to continue to focus on futures trading. Recently, I have been exploring opportunity in stock and options trades. While the S&P 500 closed down less than 1/10th of a percentage point today and most of the other equity index futures were mostly unchanged, DELL closed up 4%, […]

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