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Option trading in practice – Week 10

12 Jul 2018

Dear readers and traders, there has been another fall in the price of natural gas last week, which meant for us an increased value of the portfolio and return back to positive performance.     Summary of the week A large number of the options in the portfolio are now under strike, but the majority […]

How to catch the Soybean Opportunity?

11 Jul 2018

In the last article, I revealed how I have taken the stretched situation on soybean market through the bull spread July-August 2019 (ZSN19-ZSQ19). Today, I will focus on this type of strategy and explain my approach in regard to this opportunity.   Why interdelivery spreads? Interdelivery spreads are very popular. They often keep up the […]

How to start with Automated Trading Systems (ATS)?

10 Jul 2018

Some time ago I wrote an article about 4 methods of building automated trading strategies. Today, I will look at this topic from a different perspective and I will tell you what steps you need to follow to make your automated trading successful. Automated trading systems (ATS) are also suitable for beginners, but you must […]

Dramatic changes on the soybean market

6 Jul 2018

Recently, markets are everything but not boring. There are many interesting situations and opportunities I can write about therefore the latest Spread report was also very extensive. Today I decided to analyze the soybean market for you. I consider it currently one of the best long-term opportunities not only within the grains but in general. […]

Option trading in practice – Week 8 and 9

5 Jul 2018

Dear Readers and Traders, in today’s article I will bring you the summary of gas trading on our trading account at Interactive Brokers. Today’s article, however, is not just about trading itself, but also about the ban of ETF trading for retail traders and resulting adjustments of our strategy. Summary of the week Last week […]

530 USD on corn: Detailed analysis of my trade

4 Jul 2018

A single corn trade brought me a beautiful $ 530. It is really a good result for a conservative bear spread. You have been asking me how I managed this position, so I decided to describe my approach to it in this article.       Name of the bear spread ZCN19-ZCZ18 tells us that […]

From the book Big Mistakes – Benjamin Graham

2 Jul 2018

Two weeks ago, I presented you the book by M. Batnicka named Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments. Benjamin Graham Today I will show you that no one is truly infallible. We will begin with the largest value investment guru and inventor of the financial analysis – Benjamin Graham. He was the […]

Contango histogram 2: Correct, incorrect and completely wrong approach to it

28 Jun 2018

A recent article on the contango histogram has brought many comments. One of our readers, Adam, wrote a very good comment directly under the article. He asks what is the right way to compare the true value of the spread with historical results. This is a really good question, and at the same time a […]

Do you possess a productive or non-productive investment?

25 Jun 2018

Imagine all your investments you possess and answer this question. Are you unsure about the answer? In today’s article, we analyse both of these investment types with examples. Productive assets In the first group, there are investments or assets that generate cash flows and produce a certain output – productive assets. We are pushing our […]

Option trading in practice – Week 7

21 Jun 2018

Dear Readers and Traders, today I’ll summarize what happened to the natural gas market in the previous and current week, and how it looks like in our account which was affected by increased volatility. We’ll focus on the roll over of the options positions as well as a development of the pair trade-ETF (dual short) […]