Options Trading Is Not Gambling, So Don’t Listen To People Who Say Otherwise

When people don’t understand something, they tend to cast aspersions, and investing in options certainly fits that bill. Options are incredibly misunderstood by both traders and non-traders so it makes sense that many people liken it to gambling with outcomes no different than sporting events. The differences are so much easy…

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How To Trade Spreads in IRAs

Most investors who already trade options, certainly have an idea of what spread trades are all about. For those who are already familiar, I hear from investors about trading them in their IRA accounts. Spread trades are a great way to generate extra income and they can also be used…

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Back to Basics Friday: 12 Failsafe Ways To Place Your First Trade

A lot of people get nervous before they place their first options trade.  If you never traded an option, and have just been an observer, this is perfect guide on exactly how to place your first trade. This great tutorial comes from one of the my favorite resource. Step 1:…

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The One Thing That Makes Me Successful

Today’s post has been written by Michael Lamothe of Chart Your Trade. One of the things that has transformed me into a successful trader is following a routine. That routine, like Michael, writes, is as important to a trader as breathing is to be alive. Successful trading is consistent.  Successful trading…

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How Much Do You Really Need To Start Trading Options?

This is a big question I get asked pretty regularly, so I figured this would be a good day to answer it for my readers. How much money or capital do you need to start trading options? First off, it makes sense when you start off that you would want…

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Back to Basics Friday: The Married Put

For items you value most, you generally buy insurance. Whether a home, a car, or your own health, buying insurance makes sense. But what about your retirement nest-egg or your trading portfolio – have you insured them? The married put options strategy is a way to insure stocks in your…

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Avoid These 10 Mistakes When Trading Options

Trading options can be one of the most effective tools for investors to leverage their existing assets and control their overall portfolio risk.  Options allow investors to profit in up, down and sideways markets, which make their appeal so great. Options can also be used to cut losses, protect gains…

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Back to Basics: Three Ways To Profit With Put Options

The two primary types of options strategies are call options and put options. In keeping with our back to basics Fridays, I am going to show you a few different ways you can profit using put options. The Buying a Basic Put Option For Profits As you have learned, a…

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How To Trade Weekly Options With This Strategy

I am pumped to show how weekly options work so you can enhance your overall trading. Weekly options can be just one more valuable tool in your toolbox. Today we are going to walk through their basics, and once you get this, you can perform the same trades over and…

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Back to Basics: Learn This Poor Man’s Covered Call Strategy?

One of the most popular options concepts you will hear early and often are covered calls. Since most of my readers already own shares of a stock, you are selling calls against those shares. It is one of the easier strategies to implement, but the main issue with covered calls…

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Want Free Option Trades? Check This Out…

By now you have probably heard of the trading platform Robinhood. Robinhood has a disrupter in the stock game for a few years now by offering commission-free equity trading. Yesterday it announced it would be offering free options trading to its more than 3 million users. “In 2015, by focusing…

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5 Invaluable Tips For Picking An Options Broker

Even though options trading can be complicated, picking the right broker doesn’t need to be. In most instances, after you’ve chosen your broker, there is a period where you will get acclimated to each one’s toolset. This advice is being offered to my readers who either haven’t picked their broker,…

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