This casino is not disinclined to post thugs at the door, taking your cashed-in chips after you leave.
Stimulus is not the answer, and regardless, the Fed cannot replace fiscal policy.
There is no grand conspiracy, however much you would like it to happen. It is simply the result of a complex interaction in humanity's hive-mind. If you want to try to change things, vote and speak out about the fantasyland of the news media portrayal of the economy -- driven by ratings and by poor journalism. (for example, some reporter on Marketwatch yesterday wrote that bond purchases are going to go down to $75B [that is total bonds+MBS, not total bonds]. This still hasn't been corrected.)
That is the only way you can change anything.
And it wasn't.
A 5 to 2 straddle would have been way in the money.
Is this post your admission that you bought only puts?
Remember when the Fed said that they are going to use "talk" to hold down interest rates?
"...that it likely will be appropriate to maintain the current target range for the federal funds rate well past the time that the unemployment rate declines below 6-1/2 percent..."
Marketwatch reported that the Fed is tapering its bond buying to 75B...one of the reporters didn't understand that the 85B is actually split between bonds and MBS. The HFTs thought that the Fed was actually increasing monthly purchases by 30B. That's why we had this criminal pump. Now, onwards to zero!