From the category archives:

Options Trading

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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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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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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Ditching my longer term puts – temporarily.

September 11, 2009 by Ryan Barr

Well, it appears that the bulls have pushed the tape high enough to do some short term technical damage to the tape.  It looks like we are headed towards the 1100 mark on the ^GSPC and possibly a bit higher.  I don’t see any reason to allow my puts to continue to lose value as [...]

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Let this be a lesson to you – Don’t remove your stops

March 16, 2009 by Ryan Barr

Here is a picture of one of the charts I actually look at during the course of a day.  I woke up this morning to find out that the /ES has taken a nice hike upwards into the 765 zone, and I remained short through the entire hike. Now, don’t get me wrong here.  I’m [...]

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Recap of /ES trades March 9th/10th and an update to the SKF papermoney trade.

March 10, 2009 by Ryan Barr

Lots of trades today. Most of them chasing what could have been. Take a look for a recap of my /ES trades, what I’ve learned from them. Also, a solid recap of the SKF trade with a few charts on both SKF and XLF (what drives SKF).

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Bouncing off Support – Going long the /ES

March 9, 2009 by Ryan Barr

It appears that the /ES is bouncing off of a support zone around 670. I’m long the /ES for another overnight trade.

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New Papermoney Trade – Long April 140 SKF Puts

March 9, 2009 by Ryan Barr

The SKF Put position that was detailed earlier this weekend has been filled. I’ve added an additional few contracts to add into this already profitable play.

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Short /ES for an overnight scalp

March 8, 2009 by Ryan Barr

I’m in for a quick /ES scalp in the overnight session. I’ve posted the 5 minute chart with my targets and rational for this trade.

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Recap of the day’s action

February 23, 2009 by Ryan Barr

What a day, what a day.  The cyclical bear market is confirmed. The slow grind in major indecies today was just astounding to watch.  It was this amazinginly orderly destruction of wealth that just slid down all day long.  Unreal. Anyhow, I did pretty darn well today.  As I type this the papermoney account is [...]

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