I am a strong proponent of taking stock of what is working and what is not working on a regular basis.
That being said, if my trading accounts could speak, these are some things they would be thankful for so far in 2007:
- More active use of trailing stops (probably the #1 reason for increased trading success in the past few years)
- Increased use of the VIX (and VWSI) to aid in timing the market
- Emphasis on put to call ratios (especially the ISEE) to evaluate market sentiment
- Lack of hesitation in initiating short selling positions (the end of a long bias approach)
- Blogging – and all the cross-pollination of ideas that it has engendered
- ETFs – to diversify, go short, apply leverage, etc.
- More time stops (including hybrid price/time stops such as a Parabolic SAR)
- Better strategies for taking partial profits in options positions
- Following the China trend, whichever direction it takes me
- Iron condors and other strategies to capture premium associated with high volatility and/or non-trending securities
- Numerous enhancements to a detailed and continuously evolving spreadsheet I use to track and analyze all my trades
- Standardization on a single momentum indicator for my charts: Williams %R