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

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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