Category Archives for "Markets"

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

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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Mar 14

CME Micro E-Mini Futures

Markets

Futures have many advantages but one of the primary disadvantages has been the large notional values. Higher value contracts do decrease trading costs relative to the spread but they can also make it more risky to hold for bigger moves. Leverage, even very high leverage, can be essential for trading for optimal gain but fidelity […]

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May 21

Investing vs Trading Bitcoin?

Markets , Trader's Mindset

Bitcoin, and some of the other cryptos, are assets which could gain or lose a tremendous amount. In fact, it would not be surprise me if the price does both, perhaps even multiple times in the future. Most professional traders are focused on finding patterns and edge. In order to realize outsize gains, typically leverage […]

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May 17

Bitcoin outlook update

Markets

It looks like Bitcoin faces serious headwinds. It looks like regulation and in particular taxation treatment might be a hurdle factor, although I am not an expert on that. Combine that with possible new and better coins on the wings equating to increased competition, MT GOX liquidation, and declining overall interest from the general public […]

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May 16

Monitoring Tom Lee’s Consensus Bullish Outlook

Markets

In addition to reading the tape, quantitative price analysis, and technical analysis, are there any tools we can use to monitor whether or not Tom Lee’s bullish outlook on Bitcoin based on Consensus is playing out or fizzling out? One possibility might be to use the Google trends to monitor searches for both Bitcoin  and […]

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