Show 037 : Real-Time Option Alpha Performance Stats & Options Trading Metrics Now Live


Part of our mission here at is to offer the highest level of transparency possible in order to help you gain more confidence in your own options trading system. This week we launched our newest feature after spending more than 5 months developing a propriety portfolio tracking software that monitors and reports key statistics…

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Show 036 : Lessons Learned After 2 Years of Re-Igniting A Passion for Options Trading w/ Aram Basmadjian


I’m crazy excited to finally bring you my interview with Aram Basmadjian from because it’s such a genuine and honest conversation with a guy who continues to grow in his education and love of options trading. In fact, he was hesitant at first to come on the show because I reached out to him…

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Show 035 : LIVE From FinCon w/ The Options PlayBook Author Brian Overby of TradeKing


This week during the FinCon Expo in Charlotte I had the opportunity to sit down with “The Options Playbook” author Brian Overby. Brian is also the Senior Options Strategies from TradeKing and this 40+ min LIVE interview covers so much it’s hard to summarize it here. Plus, as a very special gift Brian signed 2…

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Show 034: The Shocking Truth About Becoming A Consistently Profitable Options Trader


Being a consistent, profitable options trader doesn’t take much. In fact, I’d even go as far to say it takes very little time and effort on a weekly basis. Yet, we’ve been told in the media (and through other publications and websites) that you have to have lots of money, trade fast or day trade…

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Show 033: Interview w/ Sarah Potter – Trading Weekly Options With Simple Strategies & Multiple Timeframes


In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I had a chance to interview Sarah Potter, Author of How You Can Trade Like A Pro and founder of This self-taught trader will share her story and why this former futures trader quickly migrated over to options trading because of the better fit with her…

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


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


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

how to protect stock gains with options

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


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


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

inverse and leveraged etfs

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

Bid Ask Spread

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


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 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

P2P Lending and Options Trading

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


In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast we talk with long-time trader Kim Klaiman from 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

Mobile Trading

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


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


In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I had a chance to flip the script on Joshua Belanger from 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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