Rank #1: OAP 090 : The Art & Options Strategy Behind Quick "Earnings Trades"
Rank #2: OAP 004 : How To Hack The Options Trading Learning Curve In 3 Months
In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I'm going to give you a complete step-by-step guide to learning how trade options in 3 months. You'll learn to focus on 1 concept each week for 12 weeks.
Rank #3: OAP 087 : The 3 Option Adjustment Principles You Must Know Now
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show87Losing 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 selling strategy like an iron condor, iron butterfly, strangle, straddle, etc. These guidelines will help make sure you’re always focusing on the most important aspect of trades adjustments which isn’t to make money, it’s to cut the size and magnitude of the loss down as much as possible.
Rank #4: OAP 135 : You Don't Need A Degree In Financial Engineering To Understand How Implied Volatility Works
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show135
Today we'll condense potentially an entire semester of financial engineering into a single podcast episode. The goal being to help completely understand how implied volatility works, why we need it, where it comes from, and how we can profit from it as option sellers. This show is a little longer than normal but I think the time spent walking through the foundational elements of implied volatility and it's impact on option pricing are critical for anyone interested in generating long-term income as an option seller. I encourage you also to listen to this episode multiple times if needed. Enjoy!
Rank #5: OAP 061 : Interview w/ Cameron Skinner - How He Earns 22% Annually Selling Options Every Day
Rank #6: OAP 101 : The Ultimate Guide To Profitably Trading Options Full-Time
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 your time and the strategies you focus on. In today's show I want to cover 10 questions that our community members asked with my answers as to how I suggest working options trading into your busy work schedule. Note also that I also work a full time job as a stay at home dad to two little girls while running our massive community of 60,000+ traders. I've also had to learn to be incredibly efficient with my time actually making trades just like you.
Rank #7: OAP 083 : The Casinos Edge & Why They Spent $45 Every Hour To Keep You In Your Seat
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show83A casino's edge ranges from 0.5% for blackjack to as high as 17% for some slot machine games. Now, of course, this edge may or may not play out on the first, second, or tenth roll of the dice. But they are not in it for the short-term game. You see, the casino doesn't have to beat every player every time. They just know that they'll win their mathematical edge so long as enough bets are placed each year. It's precisely why casinos offer huge incentives to get you to come back with free show tickets, free meals or even free hotel rooms. It's why the force table limits on how much you can bet on each hand and why they give you free drinks for playing. While you might think it's just them being nice, it's not. It's an investment they know pays huge dividends. In fact, on average casinos spend up to $45 each hour to keep you sitting in your seat and betting money. Now, I frankly don't care if you like or hate casinos because the reality is that it's an insanely profitable business model based on simple math and expected outcomes. As options traders, we can learn a lot about how we should run our own trading business from casinos. In today's show, I want to walk through some of the most important takeaways that you can apply right now to your trading system and invite you to open your mind and try to see the big picture strategy.
Rank #8: OAP 127 : What Contract Month & Option Strike Price Should I Buy Or Sell?
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show127
You're ready to place an option trade and you're confident the stock is a good candidate. Now what? With dozens of contract months and hundreds of option strike prices to choose from - which ones do you select? In today's podcast, we'll help bring some more light to the "dynamic approach" we now use at Option Alpha for each and every trade we place. The framework and concepts around dynamic contract month and option strike price selection can help dramatically improve your long-term performance and reduce portfolio volatility.
Rank #9: OAP 079 : How To Trade Calendar Spreads – The Complete Guide
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show79
Today's podcast is all about learning how to trade calendar spreads. And while newbie traders might find them a little difficult to understand conceptually at first, I think you'll find our talk today to be incredibly helpful as we break down these time spreads from start to finish. During the show, I'll walk through setting up and building calendar spreads, the impact of implied volatility and time decay, how to adjust and exit as well as the best market setups for these low IV option strategies.
Rank #10: OAP 084 : Why We Ladder Or Stack Option Trades Over Time & Price
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show84
For years we’ve talked about the need for increasing your trading frequency. In today’s podcast, we want to re-introduce the concept of stacking or laddering option trades over time and price. More importantly, 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.
Rank #11: OAP 138: The "Expected Probability Paradox" For Options Traders
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show138
I'm going to go out on a limb and publicly declare that this podcast will be one of our top 3 to 5 shows we ever recorded. Aggressive and overly confident, maybe - but I have absolutely no doubt this podcast episode will be a game-changer for hundreds of thousands of options traders. The expected probability paradox for options traders, as I have coined this problem, is one of the most understood aspects of option selling and premium strategies. The root of this problem starts with the misunderstanding of initial strike price probabilities, perfect pricing of option spreads, and the impact of implied volatility on when rates and drawdowns. On today's show, we are going to dive deep into the three main areas of the expected probability paradox to help you understand why option selling, even in its purest form, even if you cannot find perfect pricing, still outperforms the market. We'll also talk about why laddering in some additional active management strategies such as profit-taking and making adjustments or rolling trades helps stabilize portfolios and increase returns. Put simply, skip this show at your own risk.
Rank #12: OAP 003 : Learning How Options Work With Simulated Real Estate Deals
In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast I'll cover some key foundational concepts about Call and Put options contracts by highlighting a classic simulated real estate deal.
Rank #13: OAP 150 : How To Manage Your Money & Generate Wealth The Right Way
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show150
As much as I love options trading and following the financial markets, I enjoy the challenge and process of building wealth. I think about wealth building as a 3-step process in broad terms, possibly in the shape of a pyramid even. And since it's our 150th show, I figured I would take a slightly new angle in today's podcast and discuss what I believe are the most valuable insights I can offer from my own experiences and research on how to manage your money and generate wealth. Plus, we'll use this 3-step or 3-part approach to help frame the conversation as best we can.
Rank #14: OAP 060 : Warren Buffett's $5 Billion Dollar Options Trading Strategy That Everyone Ignores
Rank #15: OAP 117 : Let's Talk About "Deltas" For Options Trading
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show117
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 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 our recent trade in XLE.
Rank #16: OAP 100 : The Profit Matrix - The Game-Changing Report On The Best Option Strategies For Any Market
Rank #17: OAP 053 : The 1 Hour Per Month Options Strategy That Beat The S&P 500 by 24%
Show notes: http://optionalpha.com/show53
What if there was an options strategy that took just 1 hour per month to implement and actually beat the S&P 500 benchmark index both in performance and with less overall portfolio volatility? What if that one strategy was available to any trader, regardless of your account type or size?You see, I believe you work too dang hard for your money and it doesn’t take a fancy financial planner or sophisticated mobile app to help you generate higher returns with less risk. All it takes is less than 1 hour per month. Yes, less time that it takes you to aimlessly scroll through your Facebook or Twitter feed. Well, you can stop day dreaming because it’s a reality and in today’s podcast episode I’ll walk through the exact strategy that beat the market. No fluff. No smoke or mirrors; just cold hard facts. I’m sick and tired of people trying to tell me that options trading doesn’t work because today’s episode crushes every one of these unsubstantiated myths about trading. Listen in and if you think this episode would be helpful to someone else, please help us spread the word here at Option Alph by sharing it with them. I mean how often can you share something online that actually helps someone make more money, with less risk? You just might become their new best friend!
Rank #18: OAP 068 : VIX Index - How To Trade Volatility w/ Mark Sebastian from OptionPit.com
Rank #19: OAP 034: The Shocking Truth About Becoming A Consistently Profitable Options Trader
Being a consistent, profitable options trader doesn't take much.
In fact, I'd even go as far to say it takes very little time and effort on a weekly basis. Yet, we've been told in the media (and through other publications and websites) that you have to have lots of money, trade fast or day trade to make it in this business.
It couldn't be further from the truth.
In today's episode, I want to help show you what it really takes and how you can start to implement simple tweaks to your daily routine to become more consistent and profitable.
Plus, we'll cover a recent trade we made in APC with a 70% chance of success selling options far away from the current stock price.
Rank #20: OAP 007 : Why Implied Volatility Is The Key To Your "Edge" Trading Options
In this session of The Option Alpha Podcast we're going to have a very advanced conversation about implied volatility (IV) and why understanding IV is critical to gaining and edge in the market. Plus we'll use a very specific example with YHOO and HAL both that have IV of 32% but when we apply IV percentiles we find out that you should be trading these stocks completely different. Buckle up - this one is intense!