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Old 09-11-2013, 12:02 AM   #31
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Anybody can provide blogs or shares forums that they usually use for tips or looking at trends for US stocks?
always do your own homework. Rely on websites like Zack's investment website is only asking for trouble.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:53 AM   #32
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what twitter business model? can explain or link?
If memory serves, their revenue breakdown is about 85% from advertising, and 15% from selling tweet feeds (to, for example, idiot hedge funds who want to use Twitter sentiment as an input to their trading models. This is actually a thing that people do).
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #33
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Shiny, is twitter really that popular in usa?
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:27 PM   #34
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:06 PM   #35
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Shiny, is twitter really that popular in usa?
Yeah - it's basically the new hotness in finance and journalism. You've got stuff like Stocktwits built on top of it; you've got curated tweets being fed into traders' Bloomberg newsfeeds; and Twitter's even faster than Reuters or Bloomberg for quite a lot of breaking news.
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #36
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I have been trading the S&P 500 Volatility Index (^VIX) through VIX ETF like VIXY and SVXY.

VIX has been hovering slightly above historical low of ~12 so I pick up some VIXY when it is near 12 and hold it till the volatility spikes up on market fears. The recent fears of QE tapering, US gov shutdown, Syria strike have been helpful in driving the volatility.

I trade SVXY when the situation calms down and volatility goes down.

Yes you could directly trade option for VIX but I prefer the simplicity of the ETF.

I don't encourage trading VIX unless you know what you are doing as there are disadvantages and risks like contango, tracking errors, etc.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:54 AM   #37
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I have been trading the S&P 500 Volatility Index (^VIX) through VIX ETF like VIXY and SVXY.

I trade SVXY when the situation calms down and volatility goes down.

Yes you could directly trade option for VIX but I prefer the simplicity of the ETF.
I think I mentioned this in another thread, but if you're holding these over periods of longer than one day, you should look into the VIX futures. The futures will always outperform the ETFs, because they don't suffer from compound ETF decay, and they don't charge the 1% annual fee that the ETFs do - which means more money in your pocket.

(Also, if you're holding for longer time periods, you can go further out the curve using the futures - so you can pick up some extra vol bleed in normal markets by selling the 3rd-month or further, instead of just playing in the front months with SVXY.)

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Old 11-11-2013, 08:17 AM   #38
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Very good and useful information so far from the contributions. Thanks. Keep it going. Cheers
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:10 PM   #39
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I hoot VNDA option expired this week
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Old 13-11-2013, 03:33 AM   #40
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I hoot VNDA option expired this week
Great, but why? And calls or puts or straddles?

And did you buy it before or after the stock spiked 90%?
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Old 13-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #41
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I'm a newbie options trader =P
Bought it on Tue selling put @ $5. --> b4 the spike
last night I hoot another round @ $8 --> after spiked

I dont know all the diff type of options like straddles, iron, butterfly etc still trying to figure out. May be you can share with me more?

Great, but why? And calls or puts or straddles?

And did you buy it before or after the stock spiked 90%?
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Old 14-11-2013, 12:11 AM   #42
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I'm a newbie options trader =P
Bought it on Tue selling put @ $5. --> b4 the spike
last night I hoot another round @ $8 --> after spiked

I dont know all the diff type of options like straddles, iron, butterfly etc still trying to figure out. May be you can share with me more?
Sure, but I don't understand what you did in the first place.

Am I right that on Tuesday you sold puts? What was their strike? And what was the actual trade you did - did you buy or sell; was it puts or calls; and what was the strike? Help me out here.
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Old 14-11-2013, 02:56 AM   #43
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Sure, but I don't understand what you did in the first place.

Am I right that on Tuesday you sold puts? yes, sell put
What was their strike? they have many strike price leh. I did first round @ $5 and another round @ $8
And what was the actual trade you did - did you buy or sell; was it puts or calls; and what was the strike? Help me out here.
Hope it helps
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Old 14-11-2013, 06:23 AM   #44
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Yeah, that makes sense.

Just a headsup - when you're talking options, you need to be a bit more precise about what you're doing. If you say "I hoot some VNDA weeklies" (incidentally, someone clarify for this poor angmoh - doesn't "hoot" mean "buy"?), we don't know if you've bought calls (betting the stock's going up), puts (betting the stock's going down), straddles (betting the vol's going up), riskies (betting the skew's going up) or butterflies (betting the vol-of-vol's going up).
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Old 14-11-2013, 10:18 AM   #45
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Too chim for me to understand. =P
So far, I only know how to sell options be it call or put to earn the premium.

I'm a noob when it comes to options. Still trying to learn more man.
Thanks for the sharing!
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