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OAP 105 : How To Protect Your Portfolio In A Down Market

9/19/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show105 The further the markets continue to run higher, the greater the risk that another major market correction or market crash will happen in the near future. After all, as we pointed out in Show #15, the stock market has fallen 9 times at least 30% which is once every 10 years. Right now we're riding a 10-year bull rally that's losing steam fast. So, how do you protect your portfolio in a down market? That's the question and today's show will give you...

Duration: 00:28:00


OAP 104 : How To Use Pairs Trading With Options To Create Smooth Portfolio Growth

9/15/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/104 On today's newest podcast I want to turn the conversation a bit and focus on pairs trading with options. And this isn't the traditional pairs trading that you might have heard about before where you short one stock and buy another related stock to profit from any trending differences or divergences in the underlying price. Instead, I want to talk about how you can use some very basic portfolio and stock beta concepts to make smarter, more efficient...

Duration: 00:30:41


OAP 103 : How to Pick the Right Stock Options Strategy For Wealth Building

9/2/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show103 Even after discussing and outlining the general process for how to pick the right stock options strategy in previous podcast and videos, I continue to get members who are confused how it should work and the steps one might take. I ultimately believe that in most cases you might be over-thinking it especially when it comes to choosing tickers and market direction. Today's podcast should help clear the air while also giving you concrete examples...

Duration: 00:31:04


OAP 102 : Are You Selling Options That Are Way Too Cheap?

8/26/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show102 When selling options, often I get a question or inquiry from members of our community with regard to how far out of the money we should sell our options and set our positions. Now, I typically target around the 70% probability of success area for my short option selling trades, but others have often wondered that if given the choice why we don't just sell options at the 90% probability of success level? I mean if 70% is good, 90% has to be better...

Duration: 00:28:43


OAP 101 : The Ultimate Guide To Profitably Trading Options Full-Time

8/2/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show101 I believe that on some level every new trader dreams of trading options full time and not working a regular job. The reality is however, that you're need a lot of capital before you make the leap to full time trading and that means you'll have to learn how to effectively trading options while working your day job. Hard as it may seem at first, working full time and trading options is not that complicated nor is it impossible if you're smart about...

Duration: 00:35:21


OAP 100 : The Profit Matrix - The Game-Changing Report On The Best Option Strategies For Any Market

6/16/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show100 Not only is today special because we're releasing our newest research report called The Profit Matrix but also because as soon as this show goes live we'll have crossed more than 1,000,000 downloads on the podcast. Crazy coincidence but it's true and very humbling, so thank you to all of you who have supported and listened over the last couple years. In this special show, we're going to talk in-depth about our new game-changing research report...

Duration: 00:43:04


OAP 099 : Why Automated Trading Will Dominate The Investing World & What You Can Do Now To Prepare

6/14/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show99 The investing world in the next 5-10 years is going to look dramatically different. In fact, the shift to automated trading is already happening at the highest levels and with the biggest hedge funds. So, why is this happening? Why can't we just ignore it? And what can we do now to position ourselves to take advantage of automated trading systems now? Today's show is very high level but I think you'll enjoy the topic but it's a big wave of change...

Duration: 00:28:15


OAP 098 : The End Of Uncertainty & How "Risk" Can Be Managed With Expectancy

6/10/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show98 The markets are evolving faster and faster as the introduction and use of computer-driven or data-driven trading systems start to hit exponential growth rates. So, the question becomes, is this the end of systematic risk and market uncertainty? To put it bluntly, no - in fact, never will we reach a point at which there isn't some sort of systematic risk that we have to price into our options trading. And these future expectancy models are where...

Duration: 00:28:33


OAP 097 : Expected vs. Actual Win Rates When Selling Options [SPY Short Strangle Backtest]

6/8/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show97 Today we're going to use our new Trader's Toolbox and options backtesting software to test win rates when selling options. Because the truth is many people have this huge "rub" with options trading and expected vs. actual win rates. They assume that if we place a new trade with an initial probability of success of 70% that the trade will win at exactly 70% over the long-term. As you'll see today, that's just not the case when you account for the...

Duration: 00:25:07


OAP 096 : Does Higher Implied Volatility Generate Higher Credits? [DIA Put Credit Spread Backtest]

6/7/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show96 Today we wanted to use our new options backtesting software under our Trader's Toolbox to run some credit spread backtests on DIA. Namely, we were trying to determine if selling options during higher implied volatility markets actually generates a higher net credit for the position or not? Plus, we tweaked the allocations just a bit as well to see how different positions sizes impacted returns, drawdowns, and sharpe ratios.

Duration: 00:24:03


OAP 095 : Option Alpha's NEW "Toolbox" For Backtesting Option Strategies

6/1/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show95 It's finally here! After years of research, development, and testing the doors are open to purchase access to our incredible new options backtesting and trade optimization software we're calling the "Trader's Toolbox". 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 believe having a Toolbox is the clearest and logical route. You can learn more about the new...

Duration: 00:49:35


OAP 094 : Which Option Strike Price Should I Select? [AAPL Call Bull Spread Backtest]

5/29/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show95 It's finally here! After years of research, development, and testing the doors are open to purchase access to our incredible new options backtesting and trade optimization software we're calling the "Trader's Toolbox". 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 believe having a Toolbox is the most clear and logical route. You can learn more about the new...

Duration: 00:21:16


OAP 093 : Options Trading Timelines & Duration [EEM Straddle Backtest]

5/26/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show93 How far out should you go when entering a new option trade? 10 day, 30 days, 60 days? Does it change based on the strategy you are using or the market situation you are in? All great questions we aim to answer and in today's newest case study we'll look at how options trading timelines and duration impacted the returns of this EEM straddle backtest. Plus, we'll cover some of the overall performance and variance metrics we ran on both strategy...

Duration: 00:18:36


OAP 092 : Position Sizing Impact On Returns [TLT Iron Condor Backtest]

5/25/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show92 I've said it for years, position sizing matters in a high probability system. Much more so that you would believe and today's show is the first in a new mini-series we are doing leading up to the launch of our new backtesting software. Inside we'll cover a case study using and iron condor backtest we ran on TLT including the impact on returns that altering the position size had on the portfolio.

Duration: 00:23:34


OAP 091 : Options Backtesting, Investment Research & The Future of Option Alpha

5/19/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show91 In today's show, 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. More specifically I wanted to officially announce that our new options backtesting software will be released publicly on June 1st. And as mentioned before too many people, as soon as the new software goes live the cost of the Lifetime Membership will go up by...

Duration: 00:36:34


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

4/24/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show90 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 session following the announcement can often scare and confuse investors trading options. In today's show, I...

Duration: 00:48:18


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

4/17/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show89 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 of simple, easy to correct, mistakes being made by both new and experienced traders when it comes to ready signals generated from...

Duration: 00:21:37


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

4/10/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show88 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 perfect and options trading has its own challenges. The goal for me today in this new show is to present both the benefits and drawbacks of a high probability investing...

Duration: 00:16:26


OAP 087 : The 3 Option Adjustment Principles You Must Know Now

3/20/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show87 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 trading timeline. In today’s show, I’ll cover the 3 option adjustment principles you should follow if you’re considering adjusting a short premium, option...

Duration: 00:14:28


OAP 086 : Changing Options Strategies When Trading Inverse ETFs

3/13/2017
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Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show86 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 newest podcast I’ll cover the three different ways you should adjust your options strategy when trading these products to...

Duration: 00:19:23

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