OAP 124: The Ugly Truth About Selling Cheap Options

Selling cheap options with very high probabilities of success makes rationale sense on the outside. I mean, why sell options with a 70% chance of success when you can sell options further out that have a 90% chance of success. No brainer right? Well, not so fast. The options market is fair and efficient –…

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OAP 123: Stop Focusing On ROI Options Trading Possibilities Until You Cross This Trading Bridge

At Option Alpha we believe (and the research confirms) that the options trading possibilities for retail investors are nearly endless. Higher returns and better performance for your portfolio, but only if, you cross this one trading bridge first. So many newbie traders learn about options and the stock market and experience a rush of energy…

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OAP 122: The “Big Rocks” That Should Be A Priority For All Options Traders

As options traders we need to focus on the levers that really move the needle in terms of generating income and cash flow for our portfolio. There’s no point in doing something if it doesn’t contribute to the overall profitability of the portfolio right? It’d be like shoveling your driveway before a huge snow storm.…

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OAP 121: Small Tweaks When Managing Larger Trading Accounts

Trade long enough and save enough money and eventually you’ll need to make a couple small tweaks to your options strategy as you start managing larger trading accounts. Today’s show is all about transitioning your options strategy in a way that optimizes the increased capital you have to invest. If you’re not yet at the…

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OAP 120: Option Trader Success – Why Some Traders Are Frankly Always More Profitable

Over the last 10+ years I’ve seen thousands, and coached hundreds, of traders navigate the markets. And if you study option trader success long enough (and geek out about it as much as I do) then you’ll quickly come to realize that success is nothing more than a persistent person with great habits and a…

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OAP 119: Don’t Use A $6,000 Trade To “Practice” Trading Options

The last couple weeks of trading for many newbie investors was quite the learning experience. The market fell from all time highs quickly and then recovered nearly half of that move in a single week. Still, we got a flood of emails from people who were not well positioned for the drop in equity prices…

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OAP 118: Top 5 Options Trading Psychology Lessons I Learned Over The Last 18 Months

It’s always good to look back and analyze what happened in the past. Often times it can help shape the future (good or bad) and how you trade moving forward. In today’s show I want to take some time to share my top five options trading psychology lessons I learned over the last 18 months.…

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OAP 117: Let’s Talk About “Deltas” For Options Trading

One of the most popular and widely used options greek is Delta. And while I believe that you can’t necessarily learn about option pricing and option greeks in a vacuum as they all work together to represent potential price action for changing market conditions, having a solid understanding of how Delta works is important both…

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OAP 116: Debit Spreads Vs Credit Spreads – When To Use Each

You’ve targeted a stock or ETF setup you like and want to make a directional trade. Maybe some technical indicator alerted you to a possible turn in the underlying or you just needed to hedge your portfolio with a new trade. Whatever the case, you are now left wondering why type of options strategy to…

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OAP 115: How To Avoid The Big Mistakes Executing An Options Order

As with many things in life the 80/20 principle can help guide and focus our attention on the most important aspects of options trading. In particular, trade entry and executing an options order correctly is critical to your success. I’ve often said that great entries save you from having to be good at everything else,…

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