From the category archives:


Fully Automated

July 4, 2012 by Ryan Barr

For the last year or so I’ve been “dark” as far as the website has been concerned.  I’m probably one of the worlds worst bloggers, and I’m really okay with that. If I could automate my blogging, I would be great at it… unfortunately I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. I have [...]

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Trading without emotion – cont…

March 11, 2011 by Ryan Barr

A few days ago I posted about my personal commitment to simply trade what I’ve tested this year.  Well, these past two weeks have been a great testament to that process and the pay off has been pretty solid.  Currently, I’ve only spent enough time testing the corn futures market to be comfortable allocating capital [...]

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Trading without emotion

March 7, 2011 by Ryan Barr

These last couple of years have been quite a learning process for me.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete my MBA (I’ll be done in two weeks) at Kellogg, experience the birth of two fantastic little boys, enjoy a great job with a fantastic company and grow a lot as a trader in [...]

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Hedged the Condors

May 7, 2010 by Ryan Barr

Rather than locking in profits a touch early, I’ve hedged off the SPY and IWM positions that are currently open. Read more to see which strikes were used, a quick bit of commentary on the hedges and a brief insight into my views for the next few weeks in the market.

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I can’t say that I’m suprised…. Big Banks Hide Risk – duh.

April 9, 2010 by Ryan Barr

From the WSJ: Major banks have masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A group of 18 banks—which includes Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., [...]

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Papermoney – Stopped out of EJ

October 26, 2009 by Ryan Barr

A few weeks ago I decided to tweak the papermoney portfolio again.  Rather than going for a bunch of option plays on index products, I wanted to simulate some “money management” via positional plays on individual equities and managing risk via index option plays as needed.  The goal with the portfolio is to earn roughly [...]

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Managing Money Long Term – Some Additional Thoughts

August 27, 2009 by Ryan Barr

A few days ago I wrote about my internal struggles in determining what is the best allocation of funds for my 401(k).  Well, I’ve gone back and forth, again and again trying to figure out the best move. The biggest constraint is simply the funds available in my 401(k).  I’m not horribly comfortable throwing 100% [...]

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Managing Money Long Term

August 18, 2009 by Ryan Barr

Lately I’ve been pondering the best way to “manage” my money long term. Specifically I’ve been mulling over different options for my company 401(k) and my other retirement accounts. Click in to hear some of my thoughts, and share your current thinking on the topic.

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Trading with the system…

August 17, 2009 by Ryan Barr

It’s been a while since my last post.  Lately, I’ve tweaked my methods to become more consistent in my profits.  Rather than throwing down positions that range from speculative options plays to futures scalping, I’ve focused in on a single market with a single system. So far the results have been pretty good.  I’ve been [...]

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Only trading futures…

July 11, 2009 by Ryan Barr

Sometimes the market demand changes in how you trade. I’ve made those changes and quick frankly, I’m pleased! Click in to read more.

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