The “Big Rocks” that Should Be a Priority for All Options Traders
These 7 things should be a priority for all options traders. Get them right and you set yourself up for success. Get it wrong and you could go down in flames.
Small Tweaks when Managing Larger Trading Accounts
As you start managing larger trading accounts and portfolio sizes, you'll need to make a couple small but important changes to optimize your strategy.
Option Trader Success – Why Some Traders Are Frankly Always More Profitable
This podcast focuses on the reasons why I believe some traders are always more profitable than others and looks at the six key areas that differentiate successful and unsuccessful traders.
Don’t Use a $6,000 Trade to “Practice” Trading Options
Don't use real money to practice trading options. In this show, I want to get back to basics and re-visit some important concepts or frameworks you can use when trading that will help you navigate the next move down.
Top 5 Options Trading Psychology Lessons I Learned Over the Last 18 Months
In this podcast, I want to take some time to share the top-five options trading psychology lessons I've learned over the last 18 months.
Let’s Talk About “Deltas” for Options Trading
This podcast dives deeper into the lead greek and covers both a basic understanding of what delta is and how it works, plus some more high level insights into how I used delta to enter a trade in XLE.
Short Straddle or Short Iron Butterfly?
This podcast episode focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of using a short straddle or short iron butterfly, and when you should use one instead of the other.
Debit Spreads vs. Credit Spreads – When to Use Each
In today's podcast, I'll walk through the different market environments and setups that might work best for debit spreads and credit spreads.
How to Avoid These Big Mistakes when Executing an Options Order
On this podcast episode I want to help you avoid five of the big mistakes you can make when executing an options order.
Managing Inverted Option Positions – Once Difficult, Now Easy
In this podcast I walk through the process of managing inverted option positions and help you understand what numbers to track when making adjustments.
Long Straddle Earnings Option Strategy Backtest Results
In this podcast episode, I'll preview some of the new research we've done on long straddle option strategies during earnings.
Does Trading Every Day Really Make You a Day Trader?
What is a day trader? Does trading every day make you a day trader, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of trading every day? We answer these questions and more in this podcast episode.
Should I Buy Back My Penny Options or Let Them expire Worthless?
On today's show, I'll talk through what our research shows about exiting trades early, when to leave options on to expire worthless, and how it impacts your bottom line.
Become a Better Options Trader by NOT Watching the Market
In this episode I want to help you become a better options trader by not watching the market and focusing on more systematic trading setups, as well as provide the single most important case study in market prediction in the last two decades.
Say Good-Bye to Unlimited Risk Option Strategies Forever
In this podcast I want to conceptually walk through how you can convert unlimited risk strategies into their risk-defined counterparts and limit your exposure.
Rolling up Strike Prices vs. Closing Out the Trade – What Should I Do?
If you trade options, you'll undoubtedly run into a scenario where you get challenged by a stock moving 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 close out the trade for a loss?"
Interview w/ Option Alpha Member MACDDaddy & the “Wheel Selling” Options Strategy
In this episode, I interview a member of our community and dig deep into the "Wheel Selling" option strategy, which has created some in-depth forum threads.
TLT Short Stock Assignment Case Study – From Loser to $426 Profit
I want to walk through our TLT iron butterfly trade in which we were assigned 200 shares of short stock just days before expiration.
How to Protect Your Portfolio in a Down Market
Worried about another market correction or market crash? Here are some valuable tips to protect your portfolio in a down market using options.
How to Use Pairs Trading with Options to Create Smooth Portfolio Growth
This podcast talks about pairs trading and how you can use beta to create smoother portfolio returns.
How to Pick the Right Stock Options Strategy for Wealth Building
Want to build wealth? This podcast episode will give you a general framework for picking the right options strategy based on multiple factors.
Are You Selling Options that Are Way Too Cheap?
Today we'll argue, with facts and data, that if you are selling options you're probably selling them too far out-of-the-money and way too cheap.
The Ultimate Guide to Profitably Trading Options Full-Time
Want to trade options full-time Here are the 10 most popular questions that our community members asked about trading options around a busy schedule.
The Profit Matrix – The Game Changing Report on the Best Option Strategies for Any Market
This podcast episode takes an in-depth look at our new game changing research report the Profit Matrix. We analyzed and compiled results from more than 21 million backtested options strategies and present the results in this episode.
Why Automated Trading Will Dominate the Investing World & What You Can Do Now to Prepare
There is a big wave of change that's coming our way and if you don't recognize the shift happening now you'll get washed up on the shore. Autotrading is the future and Option Alpha is here to help you make the transition.
The End of Uncertainty & How “Risk” Can Be Managed with Expectancy
Worried about the future of the stock market, black swan events, or high-frequency computer trading? Say goodbye to uncertainty and learn about managed expectancy models.
Expected vs. Actual Win Rates When Selling Options [SPY Short Strangle Backtest]
In this episode we're going to use our new Trader's Toolbox and options backtesting software to test win rates when selling options.
Does Higher Implied Volatility Generate Higher Credits? [DIA Put Credit Spread Backtest]
In this podcast episode we use our new options backtesting software to analyze credit spread backtests on DIA. We wanted to find out if higher implied volatility collects higher premium when selling put credit spreads.
Option Alpha’s NEW “Toolbox” for Backtesting Option Strategies
Given that we've now got a whole suite of tools and scanners for you to use, we have to consolidate it under one roof, which is why we now have a new Toolbox for backtesting option strategies.
Which Option Strike Price Should I Select? [AAPL Call Bull Spread Backtest]
In this show I reveal the results from our call debit spread backtest we ran on AAPL and how changing the strike prices impacted the overall returns and drawdowns of this bullish strategy. If you've ever thought of buying options, you need to listen to this show.
Options Trading Timelines & Duration [EEM Straddle Backtest]
Trading timelines & durations are often confusing and cumbersome for new investors. We'll look at how they affect the performance results of a straddle backtest.
Position Sizing Impact on Returns [TLT Iron Condor Backtest]
In this episode we use our new backtesting software to observe the effect different position sizing has on the returns of an iron condor.
The Art & Options Strategy Behind Quick “Earnings Trades”
In this podcast I want to walk through my strategy for filtering and finding good stocks to trade around earnings and how to set them up, as well as my thoughts on exiting trades shortly after the market opens.
Are Your Current Technical Analysis Indicators Slowly Destroying Your Portfolio?
This episode takes another in-depth look at technical analysis indicators to identify which ones work best and which ones you should avoid.
Is High Probability Option Trading the Holy Grail of Investing?
The purpose of this podcast is to present both the benefits and drawbacks of a high probability investing system like the one we teach here at Option Alpha.
The 3 Option Adjustment Principles You Must Know Now
In this episode I’ll cover the 3 option adjustment principles you should follow if you’re considering adjusting a short premium option selling strategy.
Options Backtesting, Investment Research, & the Future of Option Alpha
I wanted to take a step back and give everyone an overview of what we've been working on here at Option Alpha and what we have planned over the next couple months with backtesting, research, and automation.
Changing Options Strategies when Trading Inverse ETFs
In this podcast I’ll cover the three different ways you should adjust your options strategy when trading inverse ETF products to take advantage of their mostly negative pricing structure and hedging potential.
Legging into Spreads and Out of Trades – Is It Ever Worth It?
In this podcast I’ll discuss my thoughts on legging into and out of spreads, plus the benefits and risks of doing it as part of your trading system.
Why We Ladder or Stack Options Trades Over Time & Price
In this episode, we’ll talk about why our extensive backtesting (and current experience) proves that when you break down your trade entry into smaller and smaller chunks, the overall performance of the trading system increases dramatically. This is why we ladder (or stack) option trades over time and price.
The Casino's Edge & Why They Spend $45 Every Hour to Keep You in Your Seat
Learn more about a casino's edge and what important lessons you can learn from their model as an options trader.
How We Cut the Loss on this Bear Call Credit Spread by 37%
We look at one of our recent bear call credit spread trades in which we lost money, but were able to significantly cut the loss by making simple trade adjustments.
Why More Fundamental Investors Should Trade Options & the Netflix Effect
This episode takes a look at the "Netflix Effect" and why fundamental investors should become professional options traders.
The 3 Big Reasons Why Your Option Strategy Payoff Diagram is Different Today than at Expiration
Ever wonder why an options strategy payoff diagram looks different throughout a trade? This podcast will help you understand how the Greeks can impact the payoff diagram based on time (theta), volatility (vega), and interest rates (rho).
How to Trade Calendar Spreads – The Complete Guide
This is your complete guide to calendar spreads. In this episode, I walk through setting up and building calendar spreads, the impact of implied volatility and time decay, how to adjust and exit, and the best market setups for these low IV option strategies.
Is Your Investment Portfolio Unbalanced? 4 Ways to Fix It & Get Back to Neutral
In today's podcast, we'll give you four option strategies and techniques we use to help re-balance a portfolio. Having a delta neutral portfolio is always the goal, and our talk about maintaining balance and neutrality should help as you continue adding and adjusting your options trades.
Scared of Being Assigned During Options Expiration Week? Here’s the #1 Reason to Stop Worrying
On this podcast, I'll walk through the most recent OCC stats on options expiration including, the #1 reason why you shouldn't be afraid to hold positions that go in-the-money, even during expiration week.
Options Trading Education – The Importance of Setting Deadlines & Goals
It is important to set deadlines and goals for yourself. Our #1 core value here at Option Alpha is that options trading education comes first before anything else. It's why all our trading courses, guides, checklists, podcasts, webinars, etc. are completely open and free.
Portfolio Drawdown Stats from 44,801 Backtested Option Strategies
Use historical data to better understand inevitable portfolio drawdowns. In this show, you'll see a small glimpse of the power behind backtesting and modeling thousands of option strategies. It was by far one of the most anticipated shows for me to record and I hope you find incredible value in listening.
How to Trade Straddles & Strangles in Small Brokerage Accounts
Most investors are trading options in small brokerage accounts. If you have limited capital in a brokerage or IRA account, but still want to trade straddles and strangles, this podcast is for you.
We Examined 8 Short Strangles for Returns & Margin Requirements
This podcast examines eight different short strangles across a mix of ETFs and individual stocks to determine which option trades have the best pricing on a relative basis, given that every short strangle we analyzed had the same 70% probability of success. Learn what the backtests teach us about returns and margin requirements.
Adjustment Triggers – How to Unemotionally Adjust Trades that Don’t Go Your Way
Have an options trade that isn’t going your way? Here are some trade adjustment triggers to help you mechanically fix your position unemotionally.
The 2 Major Misconceptions About Exiting Option Trades Early
We present a case study that proves why the two biggest misconceptions about exiting trades early are completely wrong. Not only will you see why taking profits before expiration increases your win rate, but you'll also learn how it helps reduce drawdowns and increase your average profit per trade.
How to Manage Trades During Options Expiration Week – Close or Roll?
Should I close or roll my options trade? In this episode, I want to help create a checklist for managing positions during options expiration week.
Is Your Options Strategy Scalable? 3 Tips for Growing a Six-Figure Trading Account
In this episode, I’ll walk through the 3 biggest tips I have for anyone who’s looking to grow their six-figure trading account. Make sure your options strategy is scalable.
VIX Index – How to Trade Volatility w/ Mark Sebastian from OptionPit.com
Learn more about the VIX index and how to trade volatility with special guest Mark Sebastian, a former floor trader, hedge fund manager, and the guy behind OptionPit.com.
The Stop-Loss Myth: 10 Backtested Option Strategies Prove They Create More Losing Trades
Still using stop-loss orders in your option trades? In this episode, you'll discover how one simple tweak generates average annual returns that are 87% higher and win rates that are 2X higher, all while making fewer trades and spending less on commission costs.
The 15 1/2 “Avoidable” Options Trading Mistakes You’re Making Right Now
Recognize the 15 1/2 avoidable options trading mistakes you're making right now and how you can overcome them.
The Drawbacks of Paper Trading – Why You’ve Got to Have Skin in the Game
In this episode I'll walk you through all the major pitfalls new investors make when trying to paper trade stocks and options, and why it's important to have real money in the market.
Interview w/ Todd Tresidder from FinancialMentor.com
In this podcast interview, Todd Tressidder and I dive deep into traditional equity portfolio allocations, inherent flaws with buy and hold logic, bond market bubbles, statistical and mathematical risk management systems for investing, and the importance of compound growth rates.
Track Option Strategy Performance with These 27 Indexes from the CBOE
In this show, I’ll highlight some of the more interesting strategy-based index performance metrics I know will help you in your options trading journey.
Dividend Stocks – Can You Buy Stock Just for the Dividend?
Can you buy a stock just to receive a dividend? In this show I’ll help you understand the four most important dates you need to know when it comes to dividend investing, including a complete rundown of the fictional arbitrage opportunity that dividend investors continuously search for during the ex-dividend date.
Interview w/ Cameron Skinner
In today’s show I’ll be interviewing Cameron Skinner, an incredible trader, real estate entrepreneur, and patriot. Learn more about his strategy that earns 22% selling options.
Warren Buffett’s $5 Billion Options Trading Strategy that Everyone Ignores
Warren Buffet's most profitable business is the insurance business, which operates very much like an option selling business. Learn how you can apply the same principles to your own investment portfolio.
Short Strangle Case Study – Adjustment Strategy that Slashed Our Loss by 87%
This episode helps you understand the overall adjustment philosophy that helped cut losses and turn a losing short strangle trade around.
Find the Best Stocks for Options Trading with 4 Clicks
This episode was recorded to help you simplify the process of scanning for options trades and strategies, because I can almost guarantee that you're overthinking it.
Learn How to Trade Options w/ Option Alpha’s NEW Course Tracks
Learn how to trade options with Option Alpha’s NEW course tracks for beginner, intermediate, and advanced traders. These tracks were designed to systematically guide you through everything you need to know to confidently trade options.
Top 7 Tips when Trading Options in an IRA Account
These are my Top 7 Tips for IRA traders to help leverage your IRA account to trade options. Plus, I'll present examples of how you can convert undefined strategies into their "IRA Approved" counterparts.
Hedging Strategies – Balancing Your Stock or Options Portfolio
In this podcast episode, we'll talk about multiple portfolio scenario examples and I'll offer my advice on the best hedging strategies to re-balance your positions.
Can Using Portfolio Margin Enhance Your Returns?
Learn how investors with larger accounts can generate higher returns using portfolio margin.
The 1-Hour per Month Options Strategy that Beat the S&P 500 by 24%
All you need is one hour per month to manage your options portfolio. The prudent and cautious use of option contracts allows traders to earn returns over and above those provided by standard market benchmarks. They can protect traders from unexpected volatility in the market while improving their access to outsized returns.
Robo Advisors – Why Automated Investing Is NOT the Wave of the Future
In this podcast, I'll help you understand exactly why robo advisors are not the future of investing and why you should steer clear of them. I'll even prove that some of the most popular robo advisors underperform the benchmark S&P 500 index despite what you might read on their website.
Single Positions vs. Overall Portfolio Management – Which Is More Important?
In this episode, we’ll explain why overall portfolio management is more important than single positions for options traders, and why it's critical to focus on beta-weighting your portfolio.
Is the Stock Market Random or Predictable? The Final Debate on Efficient Markets
Is the stock market random? My goal on this show is to present what I believe to be the best research on the topic of market efficiency and predictability.
How to Profit from the Next Stock Market Crash – 15 Backtested Put Option Strategies
If you are looking for the ultimate strategy to profit from the next stock market crash, this podcast is for you. We went to 2007 and backtested 15 different put option buying strategies to see which combination produced the most profitable results during the last market crash.
Options Approval Levels Tips – How to Quickly Work Your Way up the 4 Different Levels
Learn more about the different option approval levels, and how to work through them. By understanding these levels and how brokers determine where traders should be, you will become a more efficient and educated trader.
Options Trading Risk Management & the Indisputable Math Behind Optimal Position Sizing
Proper risk management and position sizing are key to your long-term success trading options. In this podcast episode, I'll walk you through the math that shows you should never allocate more than 1-5% of risk per trade.
Insider’s Guide to Options Trading Taxes, Part 2
This podcast episode is part 2 of our comprehensive look at options trading taxes.
Pattern Day Trading Rules – What Are They & What Can Go Wrong?
The pattern day trading rule prevents people with less than $25,000 in their investment accounts from engaging in day trading. Many misunderstand the rule, however, and it generally does not operate to the detriment of most options traders.
What I Discovered About Options Trading After Reading 1,378 Survey Responses and Interviewing 68 Members
In this important episode, I wanted to give you a little insight into what we’re working on here at Option Alpha that we know will help you make more money trading options in the future.
Which Options Greeks are the Most Important?
Which options Greeks are most important and how can they help you choose the right options strategy? In this podcast episode, I'll go through each for the four major options greeks and tell you which ones you should focus on as you plan your next trade.
This Stochastics Tweak Was the Difference Between Making or Losing Money
The stochastics indicator has long been a favorite for investors and is arguably one of the most popular technical analysis indicators. In this episode, I will show you the results of our backtesting analysis on the stochastics indicator and share the tweak that make a major difference.
How Changing Just One Setting Increased this Indicator’s Win Rate from 31% to 68%
Today I'm going to give you a very special sneak peak inside our new technical analysis backtesting report called SIGNALS. Using backtest results, we show how changing just one setting increased a win rate by more than double.
Option Alpha Launches “SIGNALS” the 20-Year Technical Analysis Backtesting Report
SIGNALS is our 20-year technical analysis backtesting report. Here is a look at the results of tracking 17.34 MILLION technical analysis trades over 20 years.
Does Technical Analysis Really Work? The 3 Big Game-Changing Questions It Took Us 12 Months to Answer
These are the answers to 3 big questions we asked about technical analysis and how reliable they are at producing signals for stocks.
Insider’s Guide to Options Trading Taxes, Part 1
This podcast episode is part 1 of our comprehensive look at options trading taxes.
Real-Time Option Alpha Performance Stats & Options Trading Metrics Now Live
This week we launched our newest feature, the live Option Alpha performance statistics and metrics. On this podcast I want to introduce our overall findings and numbers to you (both the good and the bad) and explain how this has already shaped my outlook and trading strategy moving forward.
Lessons Learned After 2 Years of Re-Igniting a Passion for Options Trading w/ Aram Basmadjian
In this interview you'll hear Aram's strategy for short-term trades and long-term positions. Plus, we'll cover some indicators Aram uses for future market direction.
LIVE from FinCon w/ "The Options PlayBook" Author Brian Overby of TradeKing
This podcast features a live interview with Brian Overby, Senior Options Strategist from TradeKing and author of "The Options PlayBook."
The Shocking Truth About Becoming a Consistently Profitable Options Trader
In this episode, I want to help you understand what it takes to be a consistently profitable options trader. The truth may surprise you.
Interview w/ Sarah Potter – Trading Weekly Options with Simple Strategies & Multiple Timeframes
In this episode I interview Sarah Potter, a former futures trader who switched to trading weekly options strategies using multiple timeframes.
How to Set Financial Goals – The Top-10 Mistakes People Make Constantly
In this podcast I want to to go through the 10 biggest mistakes traders make when setting financial goals that can dramatically alter your chance of achieving success.
What Michael Jordan Can Teach us About Options Trading
I've been on a mission studying what true "success" looks like and when I discovered a little more about Michael Jordan's struggles and victories I knew it was too good not to share with you.
The Zero Cost Way to Protect Stock Gains with Options
In this episode, I want to show you how to use different options strategies as building blocks to pay for and finance other protective strategies for your portfolio.
Top 3 Excuses that Cripple the Average Investor Returns when Trading Options
My goal on this podcast is to bring to light the excuses that hold back the average investor and help you move past them so you can become more successful as an options trader.
10 Great Option Trades Under $100 You Can Make Right Now
This podcast shows you 10 detailed trades -- all under $100 of risk each -- that you can make right now in your trading account.
How Inverse and Leveraged ETFs Actually Work
In this podcast, I'm going to dig deep into how inverse and leveraged ETF products are structured and priced so that you have a complete understanding of the "drag" they carry before investing.
Wide Bid/Ask Spreads & Slippage Are Costing You $3,840 Each Year
This podcast episode explains how wide bid/ask spreads and slippage may be costing you thousands of dollars each year and why highly liquid underlying stocks are so important when trading options.
Interview w/ John Carter – Balancing Trades & Financing Strategies for More Consistent Winners
In this podcast I have the great pleasure of interviewing long-time trader and industry veteran John Carter - founder of SimplerOptions.com. We discuss financial strategies and how balancing trades can lead to consistent returns.