V.7:9 (286-287): Scale-down buying and scale-up selling by Jerry Kopf

V.7:9 (286-287): Scale-down buying and scale-up selling by Jerry Kopf
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Scale-down buying and scale-up selling by Jerry Kopf

Professional traders, like the average retail speculator, are often right and often early. Good option traders promptly jump on a developing trend. But the cost of buying a wasting asset too early saddles the buyer with a temporary loss. Later, when the forecast proves correct and the calls climb sharply, the benefit of scaling down becomes evident.

Of course, many traders will abide by the maxim: Never average a loss. For market makers, that may be a good rule. In a bind they can hedge calls or puts with other options. The average retail customers, though, are market timers. Their initial buy price depends on what point in the intraday trading range they got filled. Most often, they have paid more than necessary and chased the price of a call or put. For these customers, averaging down, just once with a stop below has some real tactical benefits.

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