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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OAP 114: Managing Inverted Option Positions – Once Difficult, Now Easy

Short straddles and short iron butterflies are some of our most profitable option strategies, and a consistent staple when trading in our PRO and ELITE membership levels. However, when it comes adjusting these positions and going “inverted” it can cause even the most experienced traders to freeze up. In today’s podcast I wanted to walk…

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Free Options Trading From Robinhood: Our Exclusive Interview With Co-Founder Baiju Bhatt About The Future Of Online Trading

Often times people ask me why I continue to run Option Alpha and give away so much free content, courses and training when we could easily charge for it? And the simple answer is that I’m in it for the relationships I build, the people I meet, and the investors lives we change by teaching…

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OAP 113: Long Straddle Earnings Option Strategy Backtest Results

Often times when new traders go through their first couple earnings cycles and experience large moves in the underlying stock, it can feel almost natural to want to buy contracts via a long straddle earnings option strategy as opposed to selling options the way we teach here at Option Alpha. In today’s show, I’ll preview…

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OAP 112: Does Trading Every Day Really Make You A Day Trader?

Depending on where you started your options education, trade frequency was either glossed over or talked about in-depth. Here at Option Alpha, we’ve suggested for almost a decade now that to find success you need to be placing trades almost daily. But does this frequent trading activity classify us as “day traders” in the options…

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OAP 111: Should I Buy Back My Penny Options Or Let Them Expire Worthless?

You made an options trade and the position has gone well, leaving you with a nice fat profit as expiration approaches. Now the question becomes, what do you do with these cheap out of the money option contracts you sold? Do you buy back your penny options or let them expire worthless? Are there risks…

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OAP 110: Become A Better Options Trader By NOT Watching The Market

Why do we still believe that magically someday we’ll have some inside scoop or tip that alerts us to market tops and bottoms? As hopefully rationale adults we often get lured into a false sense of understanding in the financial markets brought on mainly by the media and talking heads. Today I want to help…

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OAP 109: Say Good-Bye to Unlimited Risk Option Strategies Forever

Unlimited risk option strategies get a bad rap in the investing community among newbie traders. And while our backtesting research has shown that unlimited risk positions like short straddles and short strangles generate the best overall returns, you might be restricted in trading them because of your account type or just fear the big potential…

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OAP 108: Rolling Up Strike Prices vs. Closing Out Trade – What Should I Do?

If you trade options longer than ten days you’ll undoubtedly run into a scenario where you get challenged by a stock moving either higher or lower against your position. When this happens the first question many people ask is “Do I start rolling up strike prices and adjust the position or work on closing out…

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