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OAP 121 : Small Tweaks When Managing Larger Trading Accounts

Show notes: Trade long enough and save enough money and eventually, you'll need to make a couple small tweaks to your options strategy as you start managing larger trading accounts. Today's show is all about transitioning your options strategy in a way that optimizes the increased capital you have to invest. If you're not yet at the "large account" level we talk about, don't worry. One, you'll get there over time if you stay committed. Two, the concepts are...


OAP 120 : Option Trader Success - Why Some Traders Are Frankly Always More Profitable

Show notes: Over the last 10+ years I've seen thousands, and coached hundreds, of traders navigate the markets. And if you study option trader success long enough (and geek out about it as much as I do) then you'll quickly come to realize that success is nothing more than a persistent person with great habits and a clear mind. Today's show focusing on why I believe some traders are frankly always more profitable than others while re-visiting six key areas that...


OAP 119 : Don't Use A $6,000 Trade To "Practice" Trading Options

Show notes: 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 and learned the hard way why you can't practice trading options with large, one-sided trades. One unfortunately person placed a single $6,000 trade...


OAP 118 : Top 5 Options Trading Psychology Lessons I Learned Over The Last 18 Months

Show notes: 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. Many of these I scripted out well before the recent mini-crash we saw in equities so it's fitting to talk about now because my comments might not have hit home...


OAP 117 : Let's Talk About "Deltas" For Options Trading

Show notes: 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 in entering new positions and managing your basket of trades in a portfolio. Today's show dives a little deeper into the...


OAP 116 : Debit Spreads Vs Credit Spreads - When To Use Each

Show notes: 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 pick. How do you decide between trading debit spreads vs. credit spreads and when should you use each style? In today's podcast, I'll walk through...


OAP 115 : How To Avoid The Big Mistakes Executing An Options Order

Show notes: 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, like adjustments and rolling contracts. Today, I want to help you avoid five of the big mistakes you can fall subject to when...


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

Show notes: 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 through the process of managing inverted option positions and help you understand what numbers to track and how...


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

Show notes: 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 them how to have more confidence and place smarter trades. Today's guest needs no introduction in the investing world as the company he co-founded is the...


OAP 113 : Long Straddle Earnings Option Strategy Backtest Results

Show notes: 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 some of the new research we've been doing in the field of earnings trading and cover the results from three major companies we...


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

Show notes: 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 market? If so, what are the implications that could impact your account? If not, how do we increase our trade frequency...


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

Show notes: 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 to do one over the other and when should you lean one way or not? On today's show I'll talk through what our research shows about exiting trades...


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

Show notes: 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 you become a better options trader by not watching the market, focusing and more systematic trading setups, and providing the single most...


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

Show notes: 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 drawdowns. In either case, on today's podcast I want to conceptually walk through how you could covert...


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

Show notes: 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 the trade completely at a loss?" Naturally, we are in the camp where we believe, and our backtesting confirms, that rolling your strike...


OAP 107 : Interview w/ Option Alpha Member MACDDaddy & The "Wheel Selling" Options Strategy

Show notes: Today I've very excited to bring one of our very own Option Alpha family members on the show, MACDDaddy aka Robert. He's been a member for many years and someone I continue to seek advice from in many areas. During the show we'll dig deeper into the "Wheel Selling" option strategy which has created some fairly long and in-depth forum threads lately and warrants a little more attention from our weekly podcast.


OAP 106 : TLT Short Stock Assignment Case Study - From Loser To $426 Profit

Show notes: As some point or another new option traders worry about their option contracts being assigned. Namely short call options getting short stock assignment. But it's never as bad or horrifying as it may seem and in today's latest show I want to walk through our TLT iron butterfly trade in which we ended up getting assigned 200 shares of short stock just days before expiration.


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

Show notes: 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...


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

Show notes: 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...


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

Show notes: 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...


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