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One Year Anniversary

We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.

~Frank A. Clark

In a challenging economic environment with burgeoning government debts, it is more important than ever to dig deeply and challenge the general consensus.  One year ago today, I started this blog as a venue to relay my thoughts and challenge my opinions.   After 270 posts, I can say that it has grown faster than my expectations and I am very glad that I stuck to this venture here and on SeekingAlpha.com.

I want to thank everyone who has been a loyal reader, and continue to ask for suggestions and comments that can help improve the usefulness of my site.  I am always looking for interesting material and greatly appreciate guest posts or topical ideas.  I will continue to add functionality and hopefully the second year can be even more productive than the first.

The following is a look back at the most popular posts from the last year:

Option Strategy: Long Gamma, Short Vega
Do Black Swans Negate Option Premiums?
Income from Equities or Bonds?
Hedging Equities with VIX Futures (VXX & VXZ)
Volatility Selling Strategies
Extreme Fear in S&P 500 Option Skew
Efficiently Trading Option Spreads
MOVE Index Versus the VIX
Credit Spreads are the Key
What Influences Volatility?
VXX/VXZ Pairs Trade
Covered Call Options as Investment Strategies
Scalping Gamma
Focusing on Volatility Skew
Liquidity and Volatility
Long-Dated Volatility Opportunities
Collapsing Volatility
Moral Hazard: The AIG Bailout
Mitigating Gamma Losses
Picking up Nickels in front of a Steamroller
Insurance as a Business
The Debt Spiral


 

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  1. Bill says

    It’s been a heck of a rookie season, Surly one. If anyone happened to hand me a ballot, you would certainly get my vote for rookie of the year (they haven’t).

    Here’s to hoping the dreaded sophomore jinx doesn’t kick in soon…

    Seriously, that is an exceptional body of work — and something to be proud of.

    Congrats and cheers,

    -Bill

  2. SurlyTrader says

    Thanks Bill, I have definitely appreciated your support over the last year.

    Best Regards,
    ST

  3. scharfy says

    I always appreciate the amount of original material I find here. Instead of morphing into a ubiquitous financial info recycling blog, I hope you continue with the original and effortful material you have put out.

    Hope SurlyT keeps blogging..

  4. Rower32 says

    Congrats, This is a very good options blog, i just added it to my RSS. I’ll make a brave attempt to read all posts coming weeks. Best,



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