I have a loss of 1.400% by

Discussion in 'Trading' started by heilbronner, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. writing some naked calls in SBUX. But still, my total account is up for today due to my long/short strategy! Just covered SBUX positions and locked in the losses in that position.

  2. uuups, sorry, it's not 1.4% but 1400%.


    what's the point of this thread?
  4. That you can overcome substantial losses in one position by taking advantage of a long/short strategy with multiple positions.
  5. maxpi


    1400% is quite a bit.
  6. Definitely, I'm also big surprised that I can take this kind of losses without problems. IMHO -1400% that is some kind of worst case. But you have to be prepared for such events.
  7. lindq


    Prepared? The day that I need to be prepared to take a 1400% loss is the day that I need to seriously consider what I am trading.

    And that would definitely not EVER be short calls on anything. A suckers game, for sure.
  8. So you know never swing the underlyings from the short side then?
  9. lindq


    No, I don't trade short as there are more than enough opportunities for long profits. While I do appreciate that there is value in the short side for some trades, or traders, that does not include short calls, under any circumstances. Very limited profit for virtually unlimited risk. One bad trade can easily erase months of gains. You could not invent a worse trading scheme if you tried.
  10. Vienna


    of what? Of the original risk you took in the trade? How much is that? If your account is $100,000.00 and you risk .5% of that, or $500, you just lost 14 times that, or $7,000, or 7%. Quite a lot on one trade, but survivable I guess.

    But if you have a $20,000 account, you lost 30% of that, and that way you will last about as long as if you go to a casino and bet 30% on a color.

    What I mean is 1400% means nothing. How much did you risk?
    #10     Feb 17, 2004