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Money-Making Monday: How to Profit from a Market Correction

Posted on the 13 October 2014 by Phil's Stock World @philstockworld

Money-Making Monday:  How to Profit from a Market CorrectionI love the smell of Napalm in the morning!  

That's the classic line from Apocalypse now that I'm often reminded of during Member Chat, when people start to get nervous about a market sell-off.  Rober Duval says "It smells like victory" and laments that "Some day this war's going to end." and THAT is how a prepared trader should feel about a market pullback.  

Rather than victory, it smells like OPPORTUNITY – even if you are not on the right side of the trade.  It's an opportunity to stress-test your positions and check your portfolio balance because, if you can survive this – you can probably survive anything.  

Money-Making Monday:  How to Profit from a Market Correction
At PSW, we keep 5 virtual portfolios for our Members.  A $25,000 Portfolio (for small trades), a Butterfly Portfolio (for well-hedged trades) and a usually bearish Short-Term Portfolio (aggressive trades) which acts as a hedge for our 2 larger, portfolios, the Long Term Portfolio (aggressive and low touch) and the Income Portfolio (conservative and low-touch).  

From a balance perspective, we're primarily concerned with the sum of our Long-Term and Short-Term Portfolios and, currently, that's $175,178 (up 75.2% for the year) and $561,856 (up 12.4% for the year) for a combined $737,034 – up 22.8% from where we began the year ($600,000) despite the sharp pullback in the market.   That's BALANCED!  

Money-Making Monday:  How to Profit from a Market Correction
Another key to our success is that we are using just $438,750 of our $1,200,000 in ordinary (non-portfolio margin) buying power (36.5%) between the two – THAT leaves us in fantastic shaped to pounce when the market throws a sale like this one.  In the Income Portfolio, we're using just 1/10th of our buying power – we've been waiting for an opportunity like this all year!  

We just had an extensive conversation in our Live Member Chat Room about portfolio allocations and scaling into positions, so I won't re-hash the strategy here but I will say that, if you are not weathering the market storm well enough to be in a buying mood – you're doing it wrong!  

Money-Making Monday:  How to Profit from a Market Correction
Specifically, in our Short-Term Portfolio, we've been using DXD…


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