Bought out of my position on RUT at 1.70 for +1295.
Snatched victory from the jaws of defeat this morning. AAPL reported earnings overnight and went to 438, well outside my range at 420. I closed in the early opening volatility for +1440 (3.65 value down to 3.17 @ 30 contracts) Net +1320
I then entered a position on RUT at a credit of 3.55 (got to stay off single equities when selling volatility darn it).
I took a 2 week hiatus to focus on my day job. Getting back into the grind. Going to focus on longer term positions.
I’ve been talking to a few prop firms and I’m basically never going to get to trade the intraday strategy I’ve been doing on here without a lot more capital.
So here is an IC on AAPL:
Took a short butterfly on OEX today to hold overnight. Currently in the red. Pretty confident it will open in the green tomorrow based on the volatility.
Just a weird day of trading.
I started off trying to reopen my Iron Condor on AAPL that I had yesterday. It had expired at 0.94 at the close on 7/3 and opened at 0.35. I was short yesterday at around 1.5 and I could’ve ridden it to 0 today, but instead I opted to go from 1.5 down to 1 and get out yesterday.
There was a problem with the limit orders on my phone, resulting in an early profit taking of 0.35 to 0.10 instead of 0. Then when I tried to reopen the trade, it opened the position with a value of 0 when I had a limit in for 0.35. So there goes $80 in commissions. I tried to reopen it when I got home but I used next weeks series instead. Got out with a small profit.
At the suggestion of someone else I started looking in to futures options. I sold on the S&P E-mini. It literally worked the order all day at 3.5 in spite of the value dropping below or above that a LOT. It filled at 4pm exactly and I just got out before the futures closed for +250. Not very liquid I guess.
Anyways, here is today’s trade tickets. My net was +280 after three semi-erroneous trades.
There is a trend in the industry right now, where prop shops are more interested in selling educational services than making money from profit splits with successful traders.
Usually this takes the form of 5k-10k fee for a class or mentorship. This money used to be a risk deposit that the trader could withdraw at any time and now it has turned into a non-refundable training fee for the prop shop. Straight to the bottom line.
Now apparently you can get a full fledged, 12 month degree. Check out the video below. Watch people talk and gesticulate, write things, and point at charts!
I think trading is awesome and I would love to do it professionally. Why I would pay anyone 26k for a degree that includes coursework in technical analysis -I just, I’m speechless. That’s a year of 26k of courses + living expenses gone. Imagine if you would have worked and used those funds for an account…
As short as 10 years ago, a program like this would have been considered on the job training for a new hire who was being paid, not paying to be there. Times change I guess.
View the full curriculum here: