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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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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