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About Your Captain
Samantha LaDuc, founder of LaDuc Capital LLC, is a Macro-to-Micro strategic technical analyst, educator and trader. She grew a small technology company (family of 60) for 10 years before selling it and has been actively trading and investing since 2008. Samantha has a unique perspective in scanning/synthesizing what will move, why it is moving and how to trade it with risk-defined options. She specializes in outliers with velocity–on any timeframe.
With a chart pattern and volatility focus, she advises day traders through asset managers. Her mentoring helps clients “fill in the gaps” between guessing and knowing when to enter and exit an options or equity trade based on macro, value, sentiment, intermarket and technical analysis. Since process and performance matter, she details both for members.
Trading is a personal experience. I thought you might be interested in mine.
I grew a small technology company (family of 60) for 10 years, while bouncing babies on my knee. Never worked for anyone else– except my employees and my three children. Worked by candlelight a lot. Dedicated full-time mother. Dedicated full-time owner-operator. Sold company to employees in March 2007 then traveled extensively with my children. Hopefully taught them curiosity, integrity and resiliency matter.
I started actively trading September 18, 2008. Yes, that 9/18/08. Made 400% on my $100,000 investment in the next six months; yes, mostly shorting. Then I spent the next few years learning how to trade. Biggest lesson learned: Finding high-probability trades is 70% intellect and 30% emotion. Managing those trades is 30% intellect and 70% emotion. Controlling emotions controls the results.
I love analyzing and trading, on multiple time frames. I love daytrading equities and options, swing trading mostly options and even pulling back in time and space to spot major trend reversals as investment themes. I believe price leads fundamentals. I study macro economic themes as I prefer to travel with the current than against it. I don’t follow sentiment as much as I follow money flow. My favorite part about trading is the lawyering. Yep, lawyering. I want to be able to take both sides of the argument or trade at any point. I like to be right more than fear missing out.
Each week I approach the market with my thesis or forecast of macro market activity (tide and boats if you will). Sector rotation is just a fancy way of saying, “there is a bull market somewhere” or to stay with my analogy, “motor over to where the fish are jumping.” Based on where I think money flow/fish will go, I post weekly and daily themes as well as complete trading set ups, both long and short, both equities and options. I am not afraid to make Big Market Calls.
So that’s that. You get me, a little fish, swimming with and against all sizes of fish, strangely unafraid…