In this video Steven Spencer discusses trading during volatile periods.
Here’s something that you can learn from and potentially add to your trading to increase your chances of being profitable every month. SMB added an options trading desk a few years ago. Over that time we have seen a very valuable pattern develop. When directional equities and futures traders are struggling with low volatility, the options desk is usually doing … Read More
In our SMBU Daily Video, Seth Freudberg explains how SMB’s Options Trading Desk tweaked its portfolio of monthly trades to adjust to this market environment. Traders need to realize that the market has changed–2016 is much more volatile In these environments, tweaking your portfolio of trades is recommended for retail traders * no relevant positions
In our SMBU Daily Video, Seth Freudberg explains a perfectly ineffective hedge. Many options traders buy puts in a panic thinking they will control downside risk in their trades We did a study on weekly options and found that they were incredibly ineffective at controlling downside risk over the last year In fact, traders would have made much more money SELLING … Read More
Volatility (both real and implied) has been stepping higher. While not at extreme levels, the S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX) is at a precarious point. Volatility is one of the more reliable market segments for a mean reversion bias. Most of the time, the VIX lives somewhere between 10 and 30. However, when it gets above 30, the index can … Read More
Volatility has returned to the markets. Strategies that worked in the first half of year are now under pressure. Traders can get too comfortable when the same patterns work for several months in a row (e.g. “buy the dip”). It’s critical to recognize when the time has come to start trading momentum instead of range. Today at 4:30 PM, Anne-Marie … Read More