Amidst all the dip buyers who grabbed the opportunity after hours, and the bears who managed to cover at the lows (and likely did so well underwater if their short began any time before 2020), there's a bevy of people who believe they missed the opportunity of a lifetime or easy money.
Neither is true.
The dip and subsequent bounce weren't nearly large enough to label it as a lifetime opportunity. I can't tell you how many times I've thought over the past three decades that I missed an opportunity I'll never see again. Most of the time, I only had to wait a week or two for another one to occur. As traders, we tend to put too much emphasis on the here and now when it comes to missed opportunities. Even worse may be our belief in the concept of easy money.
Rarely is money made easily on Wall Street, however, when we exist as bystanders, free of emotion and involvement on a trade, it will often appear as easy money. Those buying the dip last night may have appeared to make easy money, but you can't tell me a few weren't sweating the possibility of retaliation by the U.S. or a late report of U.S. deaths. When the Boeing (BA) plane tragically went down and nearly 200 lives were lost, the possibility Iran accidentally shot down the plane had to be on the minds of some. Would that result in action, maybe from a country other than the United States?
It's easy to coach from your couch in the same way that's it's easy to think a trade was obvious when you aren't involved. And good luck trying to convince those folks who shorted in the hole or sold in a panic last night that the move was the opportunity of a lifetime to make easy money.
Nothing about this is easy and it never will be. And if you miss the opportunity of a lifetime, simply have a seat and be patient. Another one will be along shortly.
As far as the Iran saga plays out, we know the biggest volatility will be in energy and gold. If you aren't comfortable watching positions nearly 24/7 in those sectors, then make certainly you define your risk and don't extend yourself into the possibility of ruin. I still feel cybersecurity is the best risk/reward trade-off as an ancillary play. CrowdStrike (CRWD) continues to top the list for me, but there are plenty of plays. Simply using (HACK) , the PureFunds ISE Cybersecurity ETF, should hold appeal for more moderate risk investors.