I remember during market crashes in the past, Interactive Brokers (IB) increased the margin for many products.There was a lot of complaining about it on certain forums but I personally was happy to see the increased margins. As an IB customer myself, I like knowing rogue traders with too much risk are not going to destroy the brokerage … [Read more...] about Interactive Brokers Increases Margin Due to Brexit
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin Have you ever been assigned in options trading? Many traders have gone through assignment at some point in their career. This article is meant to be a refresher on the "ins and outs" of option assignment. Before getting into specifics … [Read more...] about Assignment in Options Trading – The Long (and Short) of It
Did you know that certain options have special tax treatment? The IRS has favorable tax treatment for anything termed a "IRS Section 1256 Contract." These are: Regulated futures contracts Foreign currency contracts Non-equity options (broad-based stock index options (including cash-settled) Debt options Commodity … [Read more...] about Tax Advantaged Options
What’s Behind the Monster Which Could Interfere with Your Trading Decisions? Does this happen to you when you are trading? You become anxious and exit a good trade before it has an opportunity to mature to its profit target You become frustrated and take off a position that totally goes against your back-testing and planning. … [Read more...] about Does Stress & Distress Lurk in Your Trading?
As a trader you most probably have had the opportunity to join or watch recorded trading group sessions. A trading group can range anywhere from two to as large a group as you feel will be of benefit to you and the group members. A trading group can consist of a forum, Skype group or other means to connect online or in person. If you … [Read more...] about The Power of a Trading Group
If so, here are some tips and tricks which could make you feel better… If you are feeling fatigued and tense, step back and take a break. Take it easy on yourself. Maybe you are spending too much time in front of the computer. Learning the art of trading can be a huge task. Many say learning how to trade is like studying to become a … [Read more...] about Are You Fatigued and Tense at Your Trading Computer?
You insure your house. You insure your car. Do you insure your portfolio and/or your positions? There are many differences of opinion among traders as to the benefit of insurance on your positions, or your overall portfolio. This article will touch on some of the benefits of purchasing insurance as a hedge to reduce risk to the … [Read more...] about How Put Insurance Can Benefit Your Portfolio
Some traders are of the mindset of "what good is backtesting if it doesn't always replicate real-life trading?" It's true that backtesting isn't the same as live trading. It doesn't recreate all the emotions and the market conditions such as low-volume days when you just can't get a decent fill, news events that can cause erratic … [Read more...] about Backtesting – Is it Worth Your Time?
Most traders have been guilty of over-adjusting a position at one time or another. There are many reasons we have fallen prey to making premature adjustments outside our trade plans. This article will touch on some of the reasons a trader pulls the trigger before the time of the planned adjustment. What are some of the reasons a trader … [Read more...] about Have You Ever Been Tempted to Adjust Before Your Plan Dictates?
Many of our members like to speed up the playback of videos. YouTube has this feature built into their player. Wistia does not (yet). I've read that Wistia will be including speed control in their player in the future, but until that feature is ready, you can use a tool I built to speed up the playback of any Wistia video. Find the … [Read more...] about How to Speed Up the Playback of a Wistia Video