Trading psychology to master the market with confidence, discipline, and a winning attitude
★★ ALWAYS trade with the trend and identify the trend or big picture before choosing a strategy.
Assume the prevailing trend will continue until there is a confirmed reversal.
★★ Be humble or you will be humbled. Just don't dance.
★★ Focus/specialize in doing one thing very well, over, and over again. Continue doing the one thing that works and zero in on that.
★★ NO SIGNAL → NO TRADE
★ Patiently wait for the setup pattern and trigger signal to take a trade. Trade the setup, not your PnL.
★ If quick glance on chart saying no signal → DO NOTHING.
★ Have patience and discipline to wait for the setup, you don't have to always be in a position.
Use only candle bodies to draw trend lines or chart patterns.
Have no expectations when entering a trade. Keep a neutral mindset. If the signal is there, take the trade but remove emotion. Don't need to put unnecessary pressure to make the market move in your desired direction (because you can't).
★★ You must develop confidence in a situation where the result is always uncertain.
★ Keep your system simple. Simple is better. Everything that really works, is pretty simple and pretty obvious.
★★ Don't take a trade because you like the setup, only take a trade if you LOVE the setup.
★★ Trade your premium hand and wait for your premium setup.
Price pulling back to test a rising moving average from above will most likely hold support.
Price hitting a falling moving average from below will likely get rejected.
For continued uptrend/downtrend, make sure top/bottom BB is open on daily chart.
An option loses 1/3 value in the 1st half and 2/3 in the 2nd half of its life due to decay.
Shorter expire options have more dramatic changes in premium.
★ When in downtrend:
- DON'T buy puts or sell CCS at bottom BB (4H)
- Trend line break ONLY confirmed when closes under
- SPY or QQQ is ultimate indicator for bounce (6M:1D, 50/200 SMA)
Market structure for IV: Uptrend → IV decreases. Downtrend → IV increases.
Go full cash before any FED event.
Before making any decision, clear mind (don't rush into a position). If missed opportunity, just move on, there is always another.
On quadruple witching days, don't buy puts, already baked into premiums.
★ 5 step trade process:
- Overall setup (Overall trend aligns, pattern confirmation, S/R entry hit)
- Signal (Crossovers, Squeezes, B/O)
- Stop loss (Under support or over resistance)
- Target (Trailing stop, exit price)
- Risk-to-reward (Potential outweighs risk)
Do not set specific % to start taking loss, set number at key support break or breakout key resistance.
Whenever oversold RSI and bottom BB on 6M:1D, buy calls or sell PCS. When overbought RSI and top BB, buy puts or sell CCS.
★★ Drop the money making mindset, concentrate on making smart trades with patience, discipline, and focus. The byproduct of smart trades is profit.
Triple crossover in order: STO → MACD → SMA
ATM options have the most exposure to theta since they are the most expensive options with 100% extrinsic value.
★★ If playing reversal/bounce swing trade, wait till EoD to buy.
Theoretically, theta decays constantly. Practically, decay occurs after the passage of one day. It is not fixed and constantly changes.
★★ Optimal BUYING: With plan to sell in 1-10 days, slightly ITM with 1M out expiration (assuming VIX < 17). If VIX > 17, it becomes situational.
★★ Optimal SELLING: OTM 30-45 day expiration. Selling longer (3-4 M+) is not optimal since:
- Theta decay greatest for beginning 1/2 life of OTM option
- 66% decay after 1 month in
★ When IV is low, best to buy ATM since high gamma.
If daytrading, buy ATM FDs to capture the most movement.
- ATM options have higher gamma than OTM
- Shorter expirations have higher gamma
- Low IV → ATM high gamma, OTM low gamma
- High IV → ATM/OTM even
Don't sell CCS when at bottom BB (6M:1D).
Patience is not the ability to wait but how you act while waiting.
If you miss the entry, don't FOMO, just move on and understand there's always another opportunity. Don't chase the move.
Capital preservation + risk management comes before profits.
Signals on a longer timeframe (6M:1D) are stronger then shorter timeframe (1D:1HR).
No opening positions at 3AM in the morning, ONLY closing, NOT in clear mind/state.
When break support trend line on strong volume, high probability it's going to die more. If weak volume, can go back up.
Let spreads play out and let decay do its work. There is very low risk of assignment if there is no dividend. The buyer has no reason to exercise if there is no dividend. Let it play out.
Don't sell credit spreads days/weeks before earnings → IV increase will negate theta decay.
★ Don't sell spreads when TTM Squeeze on 6M:1D is RED. It's going to FIRE. Don't get in the way. Do not play any bearish position when there is an upward squeeze.
TTM squeeze works when there is no resistance on 6M:1D.
If hits stop loss, just get out with no emotions. Just exit.
★★ Forgive yourself, again, again, and again. Move on if you lose. Move on if you miss the entry. Move on if you leave money on the table.
Don't get spooked by intraday movements. Let trades play out. You can't time it exactly, just get in and let probability play out. Don't need to micro manage every position.
The only time it makes sense to exercise a call option early is if the stock goes ex-dividend soon (days before).
If equity is < 30 RSI, hits 200 SMA/EMA, and bottom BB → buy C or sell PCS.
★ The Wheel Strategy
- 1. Sell cash secured puts (.30 delta 45 days out, buy back at 50% profit, keep repeating)
- 2a. If don't get assigned, repeat step 1
- 2b. If get assigned, sell covered calls (.20 delta a week out)
- 3a. As long as shares don't get called away, repeat 2b
- 3b. If covered call gets exercised, go back to step 1
★★ Never play earnings with single leg options. You will get destroyed by IV crush even if you are directionally correct. The win probability when playing earnings is NOT 50/50 even though it may seem like it is a binary event. Regardless of direction, Vega will destroy premiums, theta will naturally bleed you, and betting on delta direction is gambling. The true win probability is more like 25/75 with the odds stacked against you. If you play earnings, you must use a strategy that profits by Vega decrease (selling CCS, PCS, or iron condors).
★ When using a multi-leg strategy, if a short leg goes ITM, it is potentially at risk of getting assigned although it is unlikely that the buyer of the short leg will exercise it due to wasting any remaining extrinsic value (they might as well sell back the option instead of exercising).
Support/resistance is stronger when the preceding move is steep.
The root problem is that you always want to be in a trade. You think that if you don't have a position, you can't make money. But if you enter a trade with a bad setup (in rush to make money), you will actually lose money. Follow the system ... be disciplined and patient. This problem can be attributed to a weak entry due to no patience, trading with no signal, chasing, and FOMO.
★ Stocks don’t go up or down in a straight line, they take time to move so you have to hold to capture the move.
★ Study the market, take a position, and stick with it.
★★ Trade in the direction of the line of least resistance.
★ Edge → winning trades. Positive winning attitude → consistency.
★ How to know your go-to-setup: Setup that you naturally vibe with and fits your personality. Whatever you trade the best makes you the most money.
★★ The key to mastering the market is to master yourself.
★★ Be objective, unbiased, open to opportunity, and willing to learn new distinctions.
★ Trading should be fun and exciting. Any mistake should be seen as a learning process to change and adapt.
★ The root of your trading problem comes down to yourself.
★★ Looking back it's so obvious that TA is not enough, the missing part was to master myself. The trader’s threshold, the moment it clicked, was when I realized the root problem was myself.
★ Trader's mindset
- Stay focused on what you need to learn
- Predefine and cut losses with no hesitation
- Become an expert at just one market behavior
- Execute a trading system flawlessly
- Think in probabilities
- Be objective and open to opportunities
- Learn to master yourself
★ How to master yourself
- Fix impulse trading (No FOMO, trade plan/setup/system)
- Fix getting whiplashed (Buy longer out, don't get spooked on noise)
- Fix inability to hold a position (Trust yourself, don't listen to other people, trade without fear)
★ Biggest mistakes
- FOMO trades
- News driven trades
- Not sticking to plan
- Not trading with a style that fits personality
- Focusing on riches and not the learning process
- Not understanding the importance of risk management
★ Golden rules
- Always wait for the setup. No setup = no trade.
- The BEST trades work almost right away.
- Never take a big loss. If it doesn't "feel right", remove it!
- Always perfect your craft and sharpen your skills.
- Be patient with winning trades and impatient with sketchy trades.
- DISCIPLINE to follow your plan is the key to winning.
- Never get emotionally attached to trades.
- Always trade with the size that makes you unemotional.
- Keep things very simple and don't overthink your trading methods.
- Stay humble at all times.
★★ Good trading is following your strategy that day, it’s not whether you made or lost money that day.
★★ Never forget to 'enjoy the ride', there will always be unexpected twists (ups or downs).
★ Huge lessons:
- Never use market order → use limit order
- Don't have too tight stops → wide stops
- Don't overtrade → undertrade
★ Strategy #1. SKEW - CBOE skew index. Hedge funds worried about 2 SD correction. Draw solid horizontal trendlines at 140 and 125. Draw dashed horizontal trendlines at 130 and 125.
- Over 135 (worried) → Buy 60-90 day out puts (200% return or SKEW drops to 130)
- Under 120 (not worried) → Buy 60-90 day out calls (200% return or SKEW above 125)
★ Strategy #2. Combined Equity-Index P/C Ratio ($PCALL). Use combined P/C ratio since equity P/C is skewed towards calls (retail likes buying C). Index P/C skewed towards puts (hedges). Add a 10D SMA. Draw horizontal trendlines at 1 and 0.75. Draw dashed horizontal trendlines at 0.95 and 0.8.
- 10D SMA > 1 → Buy C 60-90 day out (everyone is short). Target 200% or drop to below 0.95.
- 10D SMA < 0.75 → Buy P 60-90 day out (everyone is long, no more buyers, market dies). Target 200% or above 0.8.
If VIX < 16, cut position size by half but double stop loss, equivalent to same position since the monetary risk is the same.
★ Two truths to trading
- You have no idea what's going to happen next
- There's no reason to be fearful of what's going to happen next, focus on the risk size, and position control