OAP 161: Interview w/ Kevin Smith & Tavi Costa of Crescat Capital

As many of our long-time listeners know, over the years I’ve become increasingly protective and selective with the guests that I invite to come on the show. Truth be told, we get pitched weekly for people looking to expand their reach. Somethings it’s just so off the wall and disconnected to trading that I have…

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OAP 159: How To Build An Options Portfolio With Just $3,000

This podcast is a long-time coming but one that needed to be done because we get a lot of questions from newbie traders about how to build an options portfolio with a small amount of starting capital. And while we openly suggest that you really start trading with at least $5,000 or more, as you’ll…

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OAP 158: What Should We Do About This Losing Option Trade? First, Trust The Process

Somewhere, possibly from another planet, this notion of trading options with a high probability of success transformed into a subconscious greed for 100% probability of success trades. And if you think that this mentality doesn’t exist in the modern market we are in, you should see the emails we get at Option Alpha on a…

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OAP 157: The Untold Story Of The 3 Little Pigs That Traded Options

A couple of weeks ago I was reading the story of the three little pigs to my daughters. And for some reason, I couldn’t help but think about the untold story of the three little pigs who traded options? Yes, it’s true, many people don’t know this but the three little pigs were actually given…

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OAP 156: The 4 Market Situations You Should Avoid Aggressively Trading

Many of our members understand the best times to trade options (i.e. higher IV setups when option premiums are expensive), but should we avoid trading during other market situations? Today’s podcast walks through the four general market situations I avoid aggressively trading in and explain why each type requires that you either sit on the…

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OAP 155: Ask Yourself These 7 Questions Before You Put On An Options Trade

Everyone loves a good options trading checklist right? Well, here are the 7 questions you should ask yourself before you put on an options trade. Answer each one over the next week and you’ll build a strong habit that will keep your positions and portfolio in check before you put your hard earned money at…

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OAP 154: The 17 Most Asked Questions By Option Alpha Members w/ Answers

We get a lot of emails each day – I’m talking hundreds of emails. Naturally, seeing so many questions and comments come through the system, we found that these 17 top questions keep coming up again and again. So, in an effort to help you, and our team reduce the support inquiries, I’m recording answers…

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OAP 153: TLT Iron Butterfly & Covered Call Walk-Thru

Assignment for some traders can be scary and cause them to freeze up or throw in the towel. On today’s podcast, we’ll walk-thru another case study in which we got assigned on our iron butterfly position in TLT not once, but twice. Inside I’ll move slowly as we look back at each stage in the…

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OAP 152: Short Straddle Or Short Iron Butterfly?

You’re looking at a great setup for a neutral trade, but which neutral strategy do you use? Short straddle or short iron butterfly? It’s a question we get all the time and today’s podcast focuses exclusively on the trade-offs of using one strategy over the other. And while both strategies are built using the same…

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OAP 151: Adjusting Short Straddles For $540 Profit (EWZ Case Study)

All over the internet, you’ll hear stories of why short straddles and short strangles should be avoided at all costs. Stories of how trading “undefined” risk positions can blow up your account when the market moves against you quickly. And while position sizing still needs to be managed appropriately, the fact remains that properly adjusting…

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