Some days I wonder if I shouldn't SHORT myself !!
I'm a long by nature, but enjoy dabbling in this roller coaster market with some buy/hold/sell in 15-60 days or so; keeps things interesting with about 20% of my portfolio. I never day trade, I don't have the time, capital, or guts for it. I'm starting to wonder however, if I couldn't make money placing my calls on CAPS, and then betting against them by shorting them in the real world market???!! I have seen investors who are just bad stock pickers and you'd just like to do the opposite of what they do. I have seriously considered buying/selling opposite to Cramer’s calls, but his rating really isn’t all that bad, and I’d lose a bundle in commissions buying and selling each time he changes his call. In my case, most of my stock picks eventually surface, just not the first few days and I have to hold my breath until I turn blue coxing them to the surface.It seems that since I do most of my reading and research at night/weekends that I queue up my picks on Caps by posting them as I find them. Of course they don't go active until the market opens. Almost without fail the stocks I pick a day or so before when the market is closed, get bumped up in the opposite direction when the market opens, leaving me badly in the hole on CAPS potential. I would like to think that I just missed the market in general, but since I have mixed down and up calls going active on the open and they all do exactly the opposite of how I called them, then I can't blame it on market swings as a whole. One could say that I'm just a bad stock picker, (coldest one day award recently might support that), but overall, given time, I tend to come out ahead on my picks. Both of my real life portfolios are up on the year, but only with a lot of coxing and one of them could bobble back under from time to time. Similarly a few points in the major indexes and my fragile caps rating can make 20-60 point swings, but seems to be slightly more up than down.For caps, recently I started using the watch option. I assume I can make them "live" when I think the best point of the volatile day is and maybe gain a few points out the gate. The problem is that I'm not usually there to watch them. I wish they had "limit" option on the picks!Like my one day coldest player award, I try not to take things personally, but after a period of time of consistently making my picks too "early", one would have to wonder. Do I cover by shorting myself??!!! At any rate, maybe some of my fellow CAPS fools would like to short me! (Or certainly shut me up). If it wasn't for the seven day minimum rule, I'd bet you could rack up some points!Generally 50-50 chances and true/false aren't my strong point. I second guess myself too much, but consistent 50-50-90 ........ give me a 50-50 chance and I'm wrong 90% of the time, is not a winning hand in picking a car, a pet, in playing poker, and certainly NOT in the stock market!