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A while back I had the pleasure to speak with a gentleman from a prominent newsletter service. It was interesting to see just how he traded options and how his newsletter service and others that he was affiliated with used options in their services.
As I suspected – he uses options irresponsibly in his service - as most people do. And I told him so.
His response – “You sound like an idealist.”
An idealist? Why? Because I do not allow marketing efforts to control my options strategies? Because I do not gamble with options by attempting to guess which way an earnings call will go? Because I do not buy out-of-the-money options in hopes that an option will move towards my chosen strike price?
I could go on and on.
The following graphs/charts (courtesy of www.Stockcharts.com) depict percentage gains and losses in the Major Indices and Sectors during several periods since the beginning of January 2011.
The first two charts show price action from January 3rd, 2011 to today's close. Prices topped in July of 2011 and bottomed in September.
I lost interest in UNG (the Hun's recommendations notwithstanding) quite some time ago, largely because it was so cheap that the position size would be unwieldy. I was stunned today to see just how far this has fallen over the years.
It's a mystery to me why my utility bill from the good city of Palo Alto still hovers between $800 and $1000 every single month, but I think it has something to do with the fact that the geniuses at Palo Alto Utilities locked in their contract to purchase gas somewhere near the peak.
I am very eager to short the Euro in a big way (I did earlier this morning, briefly, but took a small loss when I decided to wait for a better price). I'm waiting for us to get back to that horizontal line, at least. I've got a "starter" position that I put on just now, but I intend to augment it.