Some of You Went Crazy After Yesterday’s Article…

Posted On January 19, 2022 2:53 pm

I got slammed with emails yesterday from new traders, and new readers of Options Sensei, who were aghast at my reference to being a HIMI (Happy I Missed It) trader.  

“How can you be happy that you missed out on a massive run-up?”

“Aren’t you interested in making money, Steve?  Why would you want to miss out on any profitable trade?”

“I can’t believe you are HAPPY that you missed out.   That doesn’t even make sense?”

“The only reason I had a good year is because I got into AMC.  I lost on every other trade!  Are you suggesting I should’ve just lost money all year?  That’s stupid!”

Why am I glad I missed out?

Because for every one of those high-risk high reward trades that pay off, there are 15 or 20 or 25…

Or even 100 that you’ll lose money in.  Often everything!

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Remind me to tell you about the “sure thing” trade that costs me $50,000 overnight early in my career.  Trust me, I know a thing or two about speculation!

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I know it’s not exciting – although making 65% in a few days on a trade seems pretty exciting to me.

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 Not by jumping on board some mania that is driving a stock irrationally high.  

Would I like to get into some trade and make 10,000%?  Of course, I would…

But most of the time these kinds of ridiculous trades lose all your money, and I refuse to do that!

So as long as I am grinding out 82% ROI per year like we did last year, I’ll be happy I missed out.  

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To Your Success,


PS.  Just so you know, less than 3 weeks into the new year and we are already up 7.8% in Options360.  When compared to our benchmark, the S&P 500 – which is down 4.2%, we are kicking butt so far this year. 

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith have been involved in all facets of the investment industry in a variety of roles ranging from speculator, educator, manager and advisor. This has taken him from the trading floors of Chicago to hedge funds on Wall Street to the world online. From 1987 to 1996, he served as a market maker at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). From 1997 to 2007, he was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for TheStreet.com, handling their Option Alert and Short Report newsletters. The Option Alert was awarded the MIN “best business newsletter” in 2006. From 2009 to 2013, Smith was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for Minyanville’s OptionSmith newsletter, as well as a Risk Manager Consultant for New Vernon Capital LLC. Smith acted as an advisor to build models and option strategies to reduce portfolio exposure and enhance returns for the four main funds. Since 2015, he has worked for Adam Mesh Trading Group. There, he has managed Options360 and Earning 360, been co-leader of Option Academy, and contributed to The Option Specialist website.