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Be Patient With Losing Trades

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For today’s segment of MM, Tom and Tony discuss how patient traders should be with losing trades. They compare the two options, close the position and take the loss or keep the position and hold it longer.


It is not unusual to see losses at the early stage of the expiration cycle. Winners occurred after the first loser 96% of the time. The overall performance improved in less than a week on average. We also find holding to expiration after seeing big losers helped reduce about 50% of the losing P/L.

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