Special Tax Treatments for Options

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In most cases, figuring out your taxes on ordinary stock investments involves a fairly simply process – you either pay taxes on the gains or deduct the losses. How much you pay or deduct depends on whether the stock qualifies as a short- or long-term investment. Calculating the taxes from trading options is a horse…

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OAP 087: The 3 Option Adjustment Principles You Must Know Now

option adjustment principles

Losing trades are part of the game – they are going to happen and it’s a reality we must all face. And I believe what sets really great traders apart from those who are average at best is the ability to cut a loss by making smart adjustments. Adjustments that reduce risk and extend the…

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OAP 086: Changing Options Strategies When Trading Inverse ETFs

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Trading inverse ETFs and leveraged ETFs are becoming more and more popular with retail traders. Maybe it’s the appeal of quick profits with 2X and 3X leveraged securities like FAZ (Ultra Bear 3X Financials) but the should we adjust our options strategy for these unique products? I think we should for good reason. In today’s…

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OAP 085: Legging Into Spreads And Out Of Trades – Is It Ever Worth It?

legging into spread trades

Legging into spread trades and complex option strategies is a popular way for traders to get quicker fills. However, is this legging technique really the best approach or should we be doing things a little different when entering or exiting trades? In today’s show I’ll discuss my thoughts on approaching legging into and out of…

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OAP 084: Why We Ladder Or Stack Option Trades Over Time & Price

For years we’ve talked about the need for increasing your trading frequency. In today’s podcast, we want to re-introduce the concept of stacking or laddering option trades over time and price. More importantly, we’ll talk about why our extensive backtesting (and current experience) proves that when you break down your trade entry into smaller and…

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OAP 083: The Casinos Edge & Why They Spent $45 Every Hour To Keep You In Your Seat

A casino’s edge ranges from 0.5% for blackjack to as high as 17% for some slot machine games. Now, of course, this edge may or may not play out on the first, second, or tenth roll of the dice. But they are not in it for the short-term game. You see, the casino doesn’t have…

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OAP 082: [Case Study] How We Cut The Loss On This Bear Call Credit Spread By 37%

We can’t control the stock market – yet many of you try to will or hope stocks to move up or down as needed for your position to make money. Eventually, you’ll come to realize that it’s an impossible dream and the harsh reality of transiting from novice to professional investor requires a more consistent…

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OAP 081: Why More Fundamental Investors Should Trade Options & The Netflix Effect

Fundamental investors are like the wooly mammoth; big, strong, powerful, yet destined to become extinct in the future. And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with the core beliefs and activities of fundamental investors, I just personally believe that the same passion and hard work could be applied to the options market with much better…

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OAP 080: The 3 Big Reasons Why Your Option Strategy Payoff Diagram Is Different Today Than At Expiration

Your option strategy payoff diagram is an ever evolving and changing animal. Unlike stocks which have one-dimensional payoff graphs, either upward or downward sloping, and theoretically unlimited holding periods, option strategies are impacted by cubic pricing events. Namely, time decay (Theta), implied volatility (Vega) and interest rates (Rho) which can cause your payoff diagram to…

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OAP 079: How To Trade Calendar Spreads – The Complete Guide

Today’s podcast is all about learning how to trade calendar spreads. And while newbie traders might find them a little difficult to understand conceptually at first, I think you’ll find our talk today to be incredibly helpful as we break down these time spreads from start to finish. During the show, I’ll walk through setting…

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