Thursday, July 23, 2009

Preview of Friday's Mkt Action & How We Trade Mkts

In AH (after-hours) on Thursday evening, MSFT missed their quarterly earnings and revenue estimates. The market is currently calling down a little more than -1%. What does that mean for our trading in Asia overnight -- and as we enter Friday? As computerized and systematic traders, we'll follow our systems -- which are currently positioned fairly neutral in the equities -- and are poised to take their cue from overnight and early market action on Friday.

Recently, the "futures" portion (namely, currencies and commodities) of our portfolio has been the leader, helping our diversified portfolio to near recent highs. We'll talk more about the futures sectors in another blog post.

Trading Approaches
In our posts and Twitter, we talk about various time-frames -- such as Long-term (LT), Intermediate-term (IT), and Short-Term (ST). We trade many liquid markets around the globe using multiple time-frames and various approaches. These systems are all profitable and robust as stand-alone systems -- and are meshed together to produce excess returns with an eye on risk and robustness. We will often refer to our models' views across various time frames. Our Members have access to our positions -- as well as database (if they want to research their own trading systems).

We trade everything from equities, futures, options, fixed income, currencies, and commodities. Our focus is on the futures markets where we trade all major sectors including global stock index futures, interest rates, currencies, and commodities (metals, energy, agriculture, meat, softs).

Other Diversifying Methods
In addition to this core of trading systems across diversified markets, we are able to capture positive returns that are great diversifiers for the rest of our portfolio -- and are particularly useful for more traditional stock (and bond) portfolios. We'll discuss this investment approach in a different post when we get a chance to publish some actual performance that we -- and our Members have earned.

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