Option Trading Case Study: Finding The Ultimate Strangle Trade?

Options Trading Case Study

I’m trying something new here with these option case studies. Let me know what you think via the comments section after watching the videos because I’d be more than happy to make more. Adding a suggestion of what you’d like to see would be helpful too. . . Strangles = A Pure Volatility Play Strangles…

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2 Examples Of Horrible Option Trades You Should Never, Ever Make

bad trades

Strong statement right? I can back it up and will in this post. There are many ‘bad’ trades but today I’m going to focus on 2 of the worst possible trades. And just to be 100% clear this has nothing to do with market direction. Some would say that the two worst possible trades would…

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Why Losing Money Is A Good Thing When You Start Trading Options


Nobody wants to struggle. We all want it easy – and if possible, quick and easy at the same time. Yet for some money things in life (of which include options trading) it’s the struggles that make us better. Stronger and more prepared. In fact, I have gone so far as to tell some of…

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Should You Be Trading “Mini-Options” Each Month?

Mini Options

In life there are things that are just too damn expensive. Children, cars, houses and stocks. Some of the bigger name and higher value securities over the last 5-10 years have gotten so price heavy that it almost pushes the normal retail option trader out of the market for those stocks. AAPL, GOOG and AMZN…

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The Mobile Option Trader’s Guide To Investing On-The-Go

Mobile Options Trading

As investors we are seldom ready to trust mobile trading applications until something forces the change. This was just the case for me. Just this past winter I was traveling a lot for the holidays and just couldn’t access my desktop trading platform as much as I wanted. Thus I had to relay on the…

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Rodeo Cowboys Don’t Make Good Options Traders


Honestly, would you ever ride bull? Not a bull market but a real raging bull? I sure as heck wouldn’t but some people would love the thrill. Others even like running side by side with bulls (drunk albeit). Not this guy, not ever – I’m just not that fun my wife would say. But this…

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Why I’m Going To Act More Like A Casino Manager When Trading Options

Probability Game

As we all tend to do at the beginning of each year I find myself looking at what I did good/bad last year and what I will change going forward. 2012 was a very good year – not great either – but I could have done better. Namely my portfolio spent the last quarter of…

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The Biggest Flaw In Traditional Portfolio Diversification Uncovered


Ever heard the saying “A rising tide raises all ships”? You know the idea that in a good market all stocks will rise together. Sure the better companies might rise faster than weaker companies but yet they all rise in value. Likewise in a falling market even the great companies will take nose dive. It’s…

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Should Beginners Trade Calendar Spreads?

Calendar Spreads

If you hate range-bound and low volatility markets (like the one we were in this summer/fall) then you may want to try trading a calendar spread. But if you’re a beginner you might ask “Is this strategy good for me or will I get burned?” If you’ve never traded options before I would stay away…

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The 2012 Election Is Over – What To Expect From Here?

I don’t know about you guys but I’m really glad that the elections are over if nothing else just so I can get my TV back from all the political ads here in Virginia. It seems that every other night my wife and I watched more political ads than anything else on TV for the…

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