Show 032: How to Set Financial Goals – The Top 10 Mistakes People Make Constantly

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I completely underestimated the power of how to set financial goals until about a year and a half ago. Since then I’ve changed the way I look at and set goals in all areas of my life (not just financially) and it’s made a huge difference. In today’s podcast, I want to really take the…

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Show 031 : What Michael Jordan Can Teach Us About Options Trading

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You know the name, and the legacy. But what you don’t know about Michael Jordan and his impressive career might actually help you become a more successful options trader. I know what you’re thinking already. Kirk, how on earth does basketball relate to trading options? You see on the outside they don’t but once you…

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Show 030 : The Zero Cost Way To Protect Stock Gains With Options

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You’ve got a stock position that you want to protect (or shield) from any impending market sell-off or crash. But buying protection or insurance typically costs money right? And in nearly all cases you’ve been told to buy put options that are far OTM. The only problem is that these options tend to expire worthless…

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Show 029 : Top 3 Excuses That Cripple The Average Investor Returns When Trading Options

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It’s no secret that the long-term average investor returns are pretty low. In most cases, the little guy rarely beats the market and for good reason. Frankly we are horrible stock pickers though we consistently try to find hidden value in playing directionally. Long-term this always underperforms an efficient market and the market standard portfolio…

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Show 028 : 10 Great Option Trades Under $100 You Can Make Right Now

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Finding great option trades can be tough sometimes, and I get that. That’s why in today’s podcast I’ll show you 10 detailed trades all under $100 of risk each that you can make right now. Plus, we mixed it up with a little bit of everything; bullish & bearish strategies, high & low volatility trades,…

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Show 027 : How Inverse And Leveraged ETFs Actually Work

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In the past couple years inverse and leveraged ETFs have been some of the most highly traded securities because of their seemingly “cool” concept for speculation. I mean where else can you get such high exposure to financials or gold than with a 3X bull/bear ETF? In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I’ll going…

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Show 026 : Wide Bid/Ask Spreads & Slippage Are Costing You $3,840 Each Year

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You’ve often heard us talk about the important of trading liquid options until you are blue in the face right? In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast we’ll put a real dollar figure to this concept and show just how much “slippage” is costing you trading options that are illiquid. Specifically markets that show…

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Show 025 : Interview w/ John Carter – Balancing Trades & Financing Strategies for More Consistent Winners

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I have the great pleasure of interviewing long-time trader and industry veteran John Carter – founder of SimplerOptions.com. One of the many benefits of doing this podcast has been the opportunity to meet and connect with other traders with whom I admire and have followed for years. John…

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Show 024 : Why Peer-to-Peer Lending Is Comparable To Options Trading

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I’m going to actually take a look at unique investment outside the stock market that is comparable to how we should be trading options. My hope is that you’ll clearly see how being successful with Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Lending is extremely similar to the requirements for long-term options…

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Show 023 : Overcoming The 3 Biggest Fears When Starting To Trade Options

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Investing money can be scary (no doubt). . . In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I want to help you overcome the 3 biggest fears that people have when they start trading options. You see, as kids we were scared of all kinds of things; monsters, our siblings, “Dad” etc. As adults now we…

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Show 022 : Interview w/ Kim Klaiman – Strategies for Buying Options Ahead of Earnings

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast we talk with long-time trader Kim Klaiman from SteadyOptions.com. As you’ll hear in this interview, Kim’s goal is to trade a variety of non-directional trades with low correlations. One topic that we dive into a little deeper is the strategy of buying straddles pre-earnings to profit from the…

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Show 021 : 7 Smart Tips To Help Save You Time Trading Options While Working Your Day Job

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I want to help you be a better trader even if you are currently still working a full-time job. Because the reality is that even though I stay at home with my daughter, she’s a full time “boss” if you know what I mean. So over the…

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Show 020 : How I Negotiated A 17% Reduction In My Trading Commissions

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast we’ll have an in-depth talk about trading commissions and broker fees. Specifically, people always ask me about commission and with more members now than ever it’s becoming more and more important to negotiate great commission rates. So I’m here to help you save money by getting your…

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Show 019 : Interview with Joshua Belanger – Profiting From Unusual Options Activity And Volume

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I had a chance to flip the script on Joshua Belanger from www.OptionSizzle.com. A former CME runner in Chicago, Josh has been a long time industry trader both on the professional and retail level. What’s so great about his story is that over the last 10 years…

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Show 018 : Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Getting Assigned Stock

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I’ll explain why you shouldn’t be afraid of the assignment and exercise process when it comes to trading options. You see, all too often it’s just a lack of understanding as to how the process really works: Who are the parties involved? How do they select who…

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Show 017 : The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Debit Spreads

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I completely break-down one of the worst trade alerts we’ve ever seen using a debit spread. And it honestly gets to the heart of why I started this website and blog more than 8 years ago; because there are still horrible companies and services out there publishing…

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Show 016 : Interview with Henrick Santander – Full-Time Job & Creating A Trading System That Fits Your Lifestyle

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I had a chance to interview Henrick Santander, the guy behind http://www.the-lazy-trader.com who currently works a full-time job but is passionate about creating a trading system that fits his lifestyle. You’ll hear how this long time Cuban (of 26 years) moved to Canada and is now trading…

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Show 015 : How Often Does The Stock Market Really “Crash”?

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Ever wonder how often going back in history the stock market “crashes”? I mean we know that cyclical markets means another one will eventually happen (it’s just a matter of time) but when? Or how often? We did the research for you and analyzed the market data going back to 1928 (as far as we…

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Show 014 : Why “Stop-Loss” Orders Could Actually Be Creating More Losing Trades

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In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I’ll explain why most traders think stop-loss orders help manage risk and protect them when in fact they end up creating more losing trades. Using the “Lazy Trader” program I’ll show you with concrete numbers on live trades how a stop-loss order would create 50% more losing…

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Show 013 : Mastering Stock Beta And Underlying Asset Correlations

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When you start to trade more often and with more positions, remaining as neutral as possible will help smooth out your returns over time. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get directional (betting on a move up or down in something) but it does mean that you have to know how to re-balance your portfolio.…

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