Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dec 31, 2013

-31.41 on 7 contracts today.  -1378.90 on 218 contracts this month, worse month of the year.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dec 26, 2013

+22.40 on 3 contracts today.  In holiday mode so stopping early today.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dec 24, 2013

+15.72 on 3 contracts today.  On a holiday shortened day, just wanted to end early today.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dec 20, 2013

+15.57 on 3 contracts but missed out on another +0.33.  Was still happy to end early to take advantage of a rare snow day on the West coast w/ my nephew today and to take care of various admin things.  For the week +126.59 on 30 contracts.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dec 18, 2013

+51.42 on 5 contracts today.  Wild fed day but able to eek out a bit today.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dec 13, 2013

+45.72 on 8 contracts today.  For the week -495.44 on 68 contracts.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dec 10, 2013

-168.81 on 14 contracts today.  Continuation of a horrible month and year.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Dec 6, 2013

+41.01 today on 6 contracts.  So paralyzed by fear after such a terrible week I couldn't trade well at all today and stopped much too early.  For the week -1023.96 on 95 contracts.  One of the worse weeks I've had.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dec 4, 2013

-54.85 on 19 contracts today.  Missed out on +0.40 more on my first trade.  Terrible start to the month.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec 3, 2013

-427.73 on 23 contracts today.  Not trading well at all this month.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dec 2, 2013

-181.17 on 23 contracts today.  Terrible start to the final month of the year.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nov 26, 2013

+176.75 on 14 contracts today.   -51.67 on 24 contracts traded this shortened week.  Going to be away for the rest of the week to visit relatives over Thanksgiving, won't trade again until next week.    Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Nov 22, 2013

+113.01 today on 6 contracts.  Missed out on +0.43 additional.  For the week -145.60 on 99 contracts. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nov 21, 2013

+181.24 on 24 contracts today.  An okay day given the disaster yesterday.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nov 20, 2013

-487.95 on 34 contracts today.  Terrible day.  Seems I have a blowup each week, today it was bec I was in on the wild fed swing announcement and then it went downhill from there.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nov 19, 2013

+21.21 on 23 contracts.  Wild swing for me today.  Lucky to eek out something.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Nov 18, 2013

+26.89 on 12 contracts today.  Not much movement today so couldn't get much traction.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nov 15, 2013

+94.18 on 26 contracts today.  +277.44 on 102 contracts this week.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nov 14, 2013

-42.72 on 26 contracts.  Knew the win streak had to come to an end.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nov 13, 2013

+75.14 on 16 contracts today.  Stopped early today bec had to do some admin things but on T1 exited with +0.02 but missed out on +1.09!  Still really affected by the terrible day last week and not trading very well these days.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nov 12, 2013

+65.74 on 22 contracts today.  Not a great day but just grinding away.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nov 11, 2013

+35.10 on 12 contracts today.  Not much movement on this Remembrance Day so could only eek out a little today.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Nov 8, 2013

+118.27 on 13 contracts today.  Week ended as follows:  - 492.19 on 73 contracts traded this week, awful.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nov 7, 2013

-771.83 on 42 contracts today.  Y, it's not a typo.  Pretty much nothing worked today and esp. when you do it starting with an increased contract level, results can be very bad.  Back to lower contracts tomorrow bec obviously I'm not ready for increasing contracts yet.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nov 6, 2013

+103.34 on 12 contracts traded today.  Increased contract level, feeling hopeful this time.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nov 5, 2013

+41.64 on 3 contracts traded today.  Was only able to enter with 1/3 of the number of contracts on my first trade bec the market was so choppy early on and it zoomed up +0.49.  I was in for most of the run up (+0.33) but with only 1/3 of the number of contracts it's tough to have a spectacular day.  Better luck next time I guess.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Nov 4, 2013

+16.40 on 3 contracts traded today.  Cut trading short today bec had some appointments to go to.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oct 31, 2013

+64.40 on 3 contracts today.  Summary for Oct 2013 is as follows:   -109.29 on 230 contracts using 55 trades.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Oct 30, 2013

-78.39 on 12 contracts today.  I knew such a loss day was coming after such a string of G days.  Should have traded fewer contracts like I planned on Fed day today.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oct 29, 2013

+7.15 on 3 contracts traded today.  Missed out on another +0.34 on that run today but had to cut trading short today bec of some admin things I had to do today.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Oct 25, 2013

46.09 on 11 contracts today.  For the week +123.82 on 49 contracts.  Postive  week but it feels I left a lot on the table.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Oct 24, 2013

+31.40 on 3 contracts traded today.  Fairly narrow range for most of the day today.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Oct 22, 2013

+90.16 on 7 contracts traded today.  Pretty much one and done but I missed out on another +0.48 on the initial move.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Oct 21, 2013

17 contracts and -106.12 today.  Can't get any traction with such a narrow range.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Oct 18, 2013

+57.30 on 9 contracts traded today.  -32.87 on 53 contracts traded this week.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Oct 15, 2013

-161.31 on 14 contracts today.  Market was so jumpy today, should have just quit while I was ahead today.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Oct 14, 2013

+41.50 on 3 contracts traded today.  Left another +0.82 on the table!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

Oct 4, 2013

+4.55 on 6 contracts traded today.  -118.88 on 56 contracts traded and 11 trades this week.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Oct 3, 2013

+8.54 on 11 contracts.  Still hanging in there but hoping it starts to go in my favour some time soon.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Oct 1, 2013

+4.78 on 10 contracts today.  Nice swings but couldn't capitalize.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sept 30, 2013

-96.33 on 8 contracts today.  For the month of Sept -811.62 on 203 contracts traded on 84 trades.  First full month or results and not very positive.  Hopefully can turn this around next month.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sept 27, 2013

-21.34 on 13 contracts today.  -157.42 for the week on 57 contracts.  Trying to move up in contract level but the trades aren't working for me now.  With the exception of 1 major slip-up yesterday, there wasn't anything major but still not good to end down for the week.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sept 26, 2013

-151.62 on 18 contracts today.  Wild ride today on the markets but ended on the down side bec of a lack of discp on my first trade.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sept 25, 2013

+73.26 on 7 contracts traded today.  Great day today, not because of the results (which wasn't that good) but bec of the way I traded today.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sept 20, 2013

13 contracts and -281.67 today.  Still trying to increase the contract level but only experiencing the L trades right now and this (combined with trying to trade higher contracts)  is resulting in very poor trading.  For the week -331.34 on 58 contracts traded.  Next week will try to go back to smaller size.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sept 19, 2013

17 contracts and -76.57 today.  Tried to ramp up the number of contracts today, guess I'm still not ready to do that yet.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sept 18, 2013

+102.62 on 4 contracts traded today.  Finally a Fed day that went in my favour!  Usually I don't hold open positions when the Fed announcements are made at 11am PST bec the volatility would just cause me to be waivered out but today I got in at a pretty good spot and I had very small size so I risked it and for once it worked out.  I wouldn't do anything differently next time except I probably wouldn't have a gain target (which hit instantly today after the announcement) but maintain a LL.  Only captured +0.57 of the +1.82 move!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Setp 17, 2013

+31.10 on 9 contracts.  Very quiet on the markets today and couldn't get much range.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sept 16, 2013

-106.82 on 15 contracts.  Technical difficulties at the exchanged (lasted about 1/2 hr and quotes didn't show properly) caused me to remove my LL while trading was halted and so on that trade I followed -0.36 before exiting (my LL is typically -0.10)!  Pretty much impossible to make a gain given I followed so much of that move against me.  Technical issues like that happen and is beyond my ctrl but lately there have been at least 3 days in the last month I can remember where exchange problems were present so if this continues to happen, might have to add this higher chance of exchange issue factors into my strat.   Not a good start to the week.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sept 13, 2013

5 contracts traded today and +6.97.  For the week +47.07 on 28 contracts.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sept 12, 2013

+22.98 on 4 contracts traded today.  Had appt today so much of the day was interrupted.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sept 11, 2013

+12.45 on 8 contracts.  Just slogging away slowly but will consider ramping up the number of contracts in the next while if results continue to be positive.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sept 10, 2013

+4.67 on 11 contracts traded.  Great range today but couldn't capitalize.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Spet 6, 2013

11 contracts traded today and -84.94.  For the week -294.95 on 47 contracts traded and 21 trades.  Much of this week's loss was attributable to the terrible Tues trades.  Looking forward to next week and put this week behind me.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sept 5, 2013

-31.02 on 12 contracts.  Waivered around for me all day between G and L.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sept 3, 2013

-243.45 on 13 contracts traded today.  Although the total contracts don't seem different from my daily contracts last month the initial contract level was much higher today bec for the new month I decided it was time to 'ramp up' the number of contracts I was trading.  As a consquence of this higher contract level, the larger dollar amounts of G/L (actually just L's) really affected me and I ended up not following my strat at all.  Guess I wasn't quite ready to ramp up contracts yet.  Awful start to the month.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Aug 30, 2013

+3.93 on 11 contracts today.  +55.33 on the week on 41 contracts traded.  For Aug 2013 -20.67 on 156 contracts traded and 56 G trades and 31 L trades (64.4%).

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Aug 29, 2013

nice range on the markets today but not particularly volatile.  +35.23 on 5 contracts traded.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Aug 28, 2013

Another smooth 1-dir day today with lots of range.  +34.96 on 14 contracts traded.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Aug 26, 2013

Not much movement today for the most part (except near the close) and ended with -27.05 on 6 contracts.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Aug 22, 2013

With the problems at the Nasdaq today, stopped early.  +40.64 on 10 contracts traded.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Aug 21, 2013

Was a slight gain before got stuck in the post fed announcement downdraft.  -32.31 on 5 contracts traded.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Aug 19, 2013

Didn't 'expect' such a deep slide today in INDU, worse day ever!  Rather than have an expectation and try to trade to it, should have just stuck with the strat which would have resulted in -30 or so today - such a newbie mistake in 'expecting' a certain result.   14 contracts and -179.87. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Aug 16, 2013

Expected a larger recovery from yesterday's large drop but eek out +12.30 on 9 contracts today.  On the week  - 5.05 on 33 contracts.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Aug 14, 2013

Another volatile day but moved against me primarily.  8 contracts and -63.80

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Aug 12, 2013

Today was a fairly typical summer day 3 contracts and -11.22  Hopefully volatility will pick up a bit this month.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Aug 9, 2013

Today was a fairly volatile day 15 contracts traded today and +7.43.  For the week +18.54 on 37 contracts traded and 22 trades

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Aug 8, 2013

Today was a fairly wild day today with INDU starting up >+60, dropping to -60, then zooming back up.  Exited early today and missed a much bigger gain.  8 contracts traded today and +15.62.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Aug 7, 2013

Today was another fairly calm day to start until the latter part of the day.   Exited early today and missed much of the gain but it's summer and I wanted to stop early and go by the downtown pen store to indulge my other passion and pick up some unique new ink for my fountain pen collection.  3 contracts traded today and +11.44.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Aug 6, 2013

Today was another fairly calm day. Not much movement so basically break even today. 5 contracts traded today and +740.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Aug 5, 2013

This blog will follow my journey on trading.  I created this page to track my trading online so that I can have an archive to show my trading results. 

About me:
I've been dabbling in trading since about 2008 but only seriously started doing it since 2011.  I've traded a diverse group of securities including stocks  and derivative but primarily trade stock options.  I'm going to focus on broader trading ideas without revealing exactly what I bought and sold and when.  Feel free to writing any comments you might have or any questions you might have but don't be offended if I don't address questions about when I bought and sold a particular security.


Today was a fairly calm day.  Not much movement so basically break even today.  5 contracts traded today and -8.