OAP 090: The Art & Options Strategy Behind Quick “Earnings Trades”

We’re now in the heart of earnings season for the current quarter and with hundreds of companies set to announce their performance we’re presented as options traders with tons of opportunities to profit from the volatility crush that occurs after an announcement. But these fast (and often violent) moves in the underlying stock in the…

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OAP 089: Are Your Current Technical Analysis Indicators Slowly Destroying Your Portfolio?

It’s been over a year since we released our game changing report on technical analysis indicators called SIGNALS, and since then I haven’t talked more about how we are using technical analysis in conjunction with our options trading. So, I wanted to revisit this topic on the podcast today because I still see a lot…

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Special Tax Treatments for Options

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 088: Is High Probability Option Trading The Holy Grail Of Investing?

Newbie traders and investors who make the transition over from stocks to options often become overly confident and excited that magically they’ve discovered the “Holy Grail Of Investing” in a high probability option trading system. Surely no system or investing methodology is prefect and options trading has its own challenges. The goal for me today…

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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

trading inverse etfs

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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$1,300 Loss In SCTY Realized

Option trading loss: In tonight’s video, we’re going to go over all the trades that we made on Monday, January 4. So, Happy New Year. Welcome back to another trading year and hopefully another successful year here at Option Alpha. I’ve got a ton in store for you guys this year. I know I talk about…

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2 Day 50% Profit in YHOO

Options trading profit: In this video, I want to go over just the two quick closing trades that we had on Thursday, December tenth.  In particular, I want to go over just our two-day trade in Yahoo because this is a great example of the power of implied volatility when trading options.  Related “Options Trading Profit”…

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Rolling HPQ Straddle with Double Diagonal Order

Straddle: In tonight’s video, we’re going to go over all the trades that we made on Tuesday, January 12th. The first thing that we’re going to start off with tonight is the last trade that we made today, and that’s trade in CMG. What we did has we had the original iron condor here in CMG…

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