Category Archives: Options Basics

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Guide to Options Basics

Quick IV Drop In Pandora Helps Strangle Strategy Win Out

Strangle: In today’s video, I’m going to go over all the trades that we made on Thursday and Friday of this week. So, I’m actually out of town at a wedding, a very good friend of mine is getting married in Virginia, so I haven’t been able to do it last night with the rehearsal dinner.…

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SPY Short Strangle Collects 81% of Initial Premium

Strangle: In tonight’s video, I want to go over a cool closing trade that we had in SPY. In particular, kind of use this as our case study here tonight because this adjustment that we made in SPY during all of the market craziness and high implied volatility, actually allowed us to take about 81% of…

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IWM Iron Condor Trade How to Profit from Volatility Decay

Iron condor: In tonight’s video update, we’re going to go over all of the trades we made for Tuesday, September 8th. So hope everyone had a great long holiday weekend, Labor Day holiday, and back to the markets just for a couple of days, short week, with the holiday on Monday but it started off on…

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KSS Post Earnings Strangle Adjustment Step By Step

Earnings strangle: We are going to go over just the two trades that we made today. One is kind of a combo hedge trade that we made in KSS which is Kohl’s which announced earnings today. The other is just a very simple closing trade in Cisco. Quick, just to get it out of the way,…

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Stock Analysts Still Can’t Predict Earnings (IBM Example)

Predict earnings: In tonight’s video, we’re just going to cover real quick our one earnings trade that we did get down for Monday in IBM. That’s pretty much the only trade that we had on our list that had great implied volatility, so I want to cover that in detail tonight, but I think, it’s really…

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BBBY Earnings Trade w/ Strangle Strategy

Earnings trade: In tonight’s video we’re going to go over our only opening trade for today, which was our earnings trade in BBBY. We were able to get into this trade a little bit earlier today, and did that on purpose so we could make sure we get some fills and to get the alerts out…

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How To Enter An Iron Condor In NFLX

Iron condor: In tonights video we’re going to go over all the trades that we made for Monday, June 15th. The first one that we’re actually going to cover tonight is our closing trade VXX, now this is a trade that we actually entered back in May, then rolled it out to June. At the end…

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3 Iron Condor Trades – 1 Open, 1 Close, 1 Hedge

Iron condor: In this video tutorial, we’re going to cover all of the trades that we made here on Tuesday, February 3rd. Didn’t have any trades yesterday. Just nothing that we wanted to get into the market. Everything was going pretty well and still is going pretty well as far as our positions go, so we…

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DECK Earnings Strangle Option Strategy

Strangle: In tonight’s video, we’re going to go over all the trades that we made for Wednesday, May 27th. Tonight, we’re going to show you a great example of not making a smart trade because I didn’t double check and I went way too quickly through the trade towards the end of the day. And the…

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How To Enter Earnings Options Trades With Strangles

Earnings trade: In tonight’s video update, I want to go over all of the opening trades that we had for today, Wednesday, April 11th. Today, we got into a couple of trades, a new opening earnings trade in BBBY and then also two additional trades in IYR and FXI which is another iron condor. I want…

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