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3 Basic option strategies

By |November 24th, 2017|

Stock options are financial derivatives and those are usually seen as complex and very risky modern day invention. We’ve all heard Warren Buffet calling derivatives the financial weapons of mass destruction.

Those images dominate even within the financial industry, let alone the general public in probably any country in the world. No need to emphasize […]

Useful Market Indicators

By |February 17th, 2017|

Here’s a brief update on the charts I use to gauge overall market conditions.



McClellan Summation

Intermarket relationship – High Yield Bonds

Yield Curve – Particularly useful for banks

University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment

And my 2 favorites: Put/Call

And Volatility Structure

Trade well,



Market loves to crash in October

By |October 3rd, 2016|

Largest ever 1 day percentage loss for the Dow Jones Industrial Average was October 19th 1987. The Black Monday  when Dow Jones lost 22.61%.

2nd worst also happened in October, the 28th year 1929 posting a 12.82% loss.

Two more losses of more than 10%, one on December 18th 1899 and the other one on October 29th 1929 […]

The Anatomy of a Winning Stock

By |September 15th, 2016|

One thing that I do every few days and that has improved my trading tremendously is looking at the best performing stocks and studying the conditions that had led to the move.

Most of my trading is on a swing time frame (several day holding period) but I do hold a part of my portfolio in […]

Brexit Trade

By |June 24th, 2016|

Here’s what I wrote in a newsletter yesterday: “Market is pricing in UK will stay in EU which produces a tail risk of polls being wrong. Also a risk of buy rumor-sell news scenario where market might sell off after news comes out. I will look to reduce long exposure today. Will update during the […]