15 Options Expiration Questions Answered

We get a lot of questions about options expiration – hundreds and hundreds each week. Yet, the same vital few seem to float to the top consistently, so we’re pulling these 15 questions into this week’s podcast episode to help you understand and effectively navigate options expiration. In the off chance, we didn’t answer your…

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Vacation Checklist for Option Traders

Summer vacations are in full swing. As everyone rushes to their favorite social distancing hot spot, traders are often left wondering what to do with their positions and trades while away. Since we cannot build automated and trigger-based strategies yet, though it’s coming soon from Option Alpha, we wanted to help with a simple but…

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How To Execute And Fill Options Trades

Filling option trades can often feel like pulling teeth. While some trades and orders get filled quickly and without issue, others are incredibly stubborn and hard to get filled. To add to your frustration, the entire order execution process appears to be just another confusing black box. There’s seemingly no rhyme or reason why this…

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Option Alpha’s New Auto-Trading Platform Updates

Important Note: This post will be the central hub for updates on the new platform. It’ll be updated as needed and as new milestones are hit and/or when feedback is requested. The newest updates will be added to the top of the post with older updates pushed lower for reference. We encourage you to bookmark…

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Adjustments Followed By Assignment [FXI Case Study]

Adjusting trades that move against you can be hard enough. Choosing how to adjust and when to pull the trigger complicates an otherwise simple trade to start with. Now, throw in an early assignment to the mix, and you’ve got quite the convoluted option trade on your hands. Sounds daunting already doesn’t it? Fear not.…

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The Predictive Power of Investor Sentiment

Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. This classic Buffett quote has echoed through the ranks of investors for decades. But does the data support the methodology? Does investor sentiment, which for many investors is widely considered a contrarian indicator, have enough predictive power to warrant our time and attention?…

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Trading Psychology & Emotional Intelligence for Options Traders

Greed, fear, FOMO, anxiety, panic, over-confidence, stubbornness, impatience. These are just a few of the many emotional and mental states that traders find themselves in. And while we cannot avoid these emotions and thought processes, we can learn to manage them through emotional intelligence. This week’s podcast was curated to help you learn how to…

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Correlation Research Suggests Diversification Fails When You Need It Most

There’s an old saying in investing that a “rising tide lifts all boats.” While that might be true, when the tide goes out, all the boats sink and fall just as fast as when they rose together. Still, you’ll hear the pounding of drums in the name of classic diversification as the portfolio savior during…

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The Best Covered Call Management Techniques

You’ve got your prized covered call setup, and it’s working in your account – now what? How do you manage or adjust the position in different market scenarios? Lucky for you, we are going to review the best-covered call management techniques on today’s podcast. If you think this show is just for stock traders, you’d…

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LEAPS Option Contracts – A Complete Guide For Traders

Although we generally prefer to trade shorter duration option contracts here at Option Alpha, contracts a couple of weeks to a couple of months out from expiration, there’s a whole other classification of options contracts for traders that want to take longer-term exposure or positions. Long-term equity appreciation securities, or “LEAPS” as they are lovingly…

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