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Look For Judgement


wealthymattersAbout a week back I was pitched an algo trading scheme that was offering a mostly 12%+ return monthly. There were the past performance figures, with even the odd slip-up.

At the point I was put off by the fact that a bot would have access to by trading account. It seemed a risk not worth taking.

Moreover, I had not the experience to know what are normal returns from futures trading.

On Saturday last, I had lunch with a friend who owns a stock broking firm. And he was willing to offer a guaranteed 20% return per year only. Anything more in his opinion would be undoable/too risky and likely to bankrupt any broking company.However his was manual trading, not algorithmic trading. Read more of this post

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Making Sense Of Open Interest


wealthymatters.comOpen interest is the total number of outstanding futures and options (F&O ) contracts at any point in time. In other words, these are open or yet to be settled contracts. For instance, if trader X buys 2 futures contract from trader Y(who is the seller), then open interest rises by 2.If another trader A buys 2 futures contracts from trader B, then the open interest rises to 4. Now, if trader X unwinds his position and the counter party is either Y or B, then the open interest in the system will reduce by that quantity.But if X unwinds his position, and the counter party is a new entrant, say C, then the open interest will remain unchanged. This is because while X has squared off his position, C’s position is still open. Read more of this post

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