Stock Market Loss Story

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I started playing options a few days ago and lost $500 (argh...). What are your stock market loss stories?

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May 19, 2020

I went long DJI TSLA IXIC a few days ago and made a killing.

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May 19, 2020

Word of advice- never short the American economy-especially when the fed is backstopping

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  • Associate 2 in HF - Other
May 22, 2020

I lost $100k on the Vixplosion of Feb 2018. nasty nasty time but I got greedy. anytime I lost big money it's always cuz I get greedy. it's tough to recognize when to crystallize your gains and call it a day. or cut your losses for that matter too.

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May 22, 2020

What the actual fuck, how much do you make to casually dismiss a 100k loss?

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  • Associate 2 in HF - Other
May 22, 2020

I mean, it was a ~35% hit to my net worth at the time. it wasn't casual I felt shitty about it for like a month but I sort of learned then I have a bit of a problem mentality where the numbers on the screen going up and down just don't affect me emotionally as much even though they're real dollars because it's not like I was going to use it. its a fucked up mentality I know and probably because no one ever really taught me the value of a dollar (not trying to blame others). It's just hard for me to visualize that I essentially pissed away what is probably a $20k-$30k annual income stream in retirement in 40 years.

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May 22, 2020

Dude, just google XIV. You'll get more stories than you can handle. The ETF community has f***ing turned "Getting XIVed" into a verb.

May 23, 2020

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People are psychotic behaving in this way to get XIV

I think you know what I am doing.

May 23, 2020
richard_3:

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People are psychotic behaving in this way to get XIV

Not sure what you mean there. XIV was 1x short short term VIX futures. Essentially you're selling hurricane insurance. It's a great deal 99% of the time, but when the big one hits, you get wiped out. Futures trading ends later than the market close, and there was a big-time vol spike on roll day. XIV had to roll anyway, and investors lost ~97% in one day. A lot of investors were stupid retail people not realizing this, even though it was right in the prospectus. The fund closed shortly afterwards. It was meant as a trading vehicle, but retail was drawn in by the siren song of apparently risk-free returns. They got shocked when they realized that everything had been shunted to tail risk.

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May 23, 2020
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I think you know what I am doing.