Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Laying Low on FOMC Day


Great job by the guys in our office doing less today. We were able to get into several great long plays (GIS, PWRD, ERTS, SVA) while not over trading out of play names. The latter part of that statement has been a flaw in my game. I over trade names that are not in play because I missed the 2-3 good pitches the day provided. Today was not a day to push all my chips all in. In addition to the pending FOMC meeting we saw the VIX on lows before the FOMC and lower after the FOMC. In the past we have discussed trading like a "sniper." (here and here, thanks Dr. Steenbarger). Today was one of those days - Wait like a sniper.


I witnessed several guys in our office have a day akin to a 12 pitch at bat. Foul some off, take some balls, wait for a perfect pitch to take a cut. Every pitch is not a good one. And every day is not a pedal to the floor day.


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