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Old 12-25-2017,
AdrianneSu AdrianneSu is offline
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One lesson that 2014 has taught me is that option strategies with a small account are difficult and even more so when overall Implied Volatility is near nill.

So while the market sorts itself out I have been focusing on small/mid cap short term movers. Last week was a very good week. AVEO, PBMD and NBS worked out very well. I took some losses on ISR and GIGA and scratched a couple of others but kept the losses small enough that the winners far outweighed the losses.

I don't have an account big enough to PDT so I have to be pretty selective and pay special attention to aftermarket plays where I might have a chance to hold over night.

Anyway I thought it might be useful to some of the smaller traders here or that might come along to see how one might be able to grow their account if they take the time to learn some basic technical skills and the discipline to stick to a plan. Or maybe I'll make a bunch of mistakes that people can learn from....hopefully it will at least be interesting.
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Old 12-26-2017,
aaaapolon aaaapolon is offline
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Default Small/Mid Caps

NBS took profits on this within minutes of the initial news break last week was in and out in around 10 minutes. Fri it leveled off despite news that an interview with the CEO would be airing all weekend on FOX business. The interview seemed favorable enough that at least the price shouldn't try to drop...after hours volume was nearly non existent which I attribute to the holiday weekend. I put in a bid well below mark with several other bidders above me. Assuming it might sell off a bit as some people do not like to hold over night much less a 3 day weekend. With 2 minutes to close in EXT hours no one had budged in some time so I went ahead and hit the ask with a fill at 2.84 and was the last fill of the day.
The plan is that hopefully multiweek support in the 2.80 range will hold and the FOX pump will build up interest over the weekend and give me a gap up or early morning run for Tues. I'll watch the L2 feed for any solid push below 2.75 for an exit. But premarket action should be a good indication.
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Old 12-27-2017,
AddieMarry AddieMarry is offline
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I don't know how much I really have to add to this, other than I think its awesome your doing it. But, I know we've talked about a lot of the things that make a trader successful or not. Most of our observations have been speculative, but since trading I've noticed having capital is one of the single most important things. I can have any method I want, but if I cant make big enough moves to cover my fees, and not have those moves be a small enough portion of my overall account to not psychologically destroy me in a trade, that psychological factor is the most detrimental part.

That and stuff like, "Always just do A, B, or C, and you'll be successful!!!."
I think trading is, and must be, far more discretionary. Sometimes you sell, sometimes you hold. Sometimes a breakout is a breakout, sometimes it isn't. It all depends, you constantly have to think, process, and evaluate.

Why not Suretrader though? Granted, I haven't tried to get my money out yet, and they haven't been super great, but they have done as advertised. My fills have been fast, and better than expected at least.
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Old 12-28-2017,
AddieKaur5 AddieKaur5 is offline
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OXGN long AH @ 1.49. Small spike on news. Looking for gap up tomorrow or exit w/ loss at today's support.

@hungry low capital is reason for trading small/mid caps and looking for big swings. I tend to cut losers pretty quick if they don't do what I thought...and ride winners into signs of weakness.
Will look at opportunity to open with other brokers at some point....will probably go with one that I can find shares to short easier than TDA in the arena I'm playing.
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Old 12-28-2017,
Артема755213 Артема755213 is offline
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RSYS Premarket watch...up AH on news with little volume...just a couple of buyers hitting the ask. Will look for possible entry depending on how the bid volume looks....will probably be over extended by the time I can trade it as TDA doesn't put trades through until 7am central. We'll see.
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