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SteadyOptions 2015 - Year In Review

2015 marks our fourth year as a public service. We had a fantastic year. We closed 129 trades in 2015 which produced 195.6% ROI (117.3% gain on the whole account based on 10% allocation). The ROI is based on fixed $1,000 allocation per trade (non-compounded) and 6 trades open. The winning ratio was pretty consistent around 75%. We had only one losing month in 2015.

Best Trading Articles 09/24/16

Reading as much as we can about trading always helps us to improve and become better traders. I'm pleased to share some of the best trading articles, podcasts and videos from some of my favorite traders, bloggers and educators. If you came across an interesting article please share it in the comments section.

Probability vs. Certainty Trap

We all would like all our trades to be winners, but we know this is not possible. We know some of the trades will be losers. Many traders think that if a trade has lost money, it was a bad trade. They try to identify what errors they made that lead to losses. Why? "Because I lost money! So surely I have made a mistake somewhere?”

Should You Care About The Sharpe Ratio?

The Sharpe Ratio is a measure for calculating risk-adjusted return, and this ratio has become the industry standard for such calculations. It was developed by Nobel laureate William F. Sharpe. The Sharpe Ratio is the annualized return of an investment earned in excess of the risk free rate divided by the investment's annualized volatility.

10 Options Trading Myths Debunked

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about options trading. Many traders refrain from trading options because they consider it too risky. The only dangerous part of options trading is the risk-insensitive trader who buys and sells options with little or no understanding of just what can go wrong.

Adaptability And Discipline

Whenever we talk about discipline, everyone seems to understand that we are referring to trade decisions. We know that good discipline is required to pull the trigger and exit a trade with a loss. It really should not be difficult. After all, we know our position has not been working and is not likely to get better any time soon.

Best Trading Articles 09/17/16

Reading as much as we can about trading always helps us to improve and become better traders. I'm pleased to share some of the best trading articles, podcasts and videos from some of my favorite traders, bloggers and educators. If you came across an interesting article please share it in the comments section.

Uncovering the Covered Call

For most option traders their first encounter with options was probably Covered Calls. Covered Calls are easy to understand, seem to have very little risk and convey the feeling of being more than just a “plain investor”. They are still the most popular option strategy.

3 Words You Won't Hear On CNBC

The future and markets are unpredictable. When asked on CNBC to make any predictions or forecasts about the future or the markets, the ONLY correct answer is: I DON'T KNOW. Of course nobody has the courage to say those three words on CNBC or other financial media, otherwise they would never be invited back. 

Are The Markets Rigged?

"Since the beginning of the financial markets, trading has undergone constant changes. High frequency trading, rigged markets, unexpected news and insider trading makes profitable trading impossible for the regular trader. But is that really true, and is trading becoming harder and harder these days?"

4 Alternatives to Buying Call Options

An investor who wants to go long a security can buy that security, or buy a call option. A call option gives you the right to buy the stock at certain price. The big advantage of call options is the fact that it requires much less capital than buying the stock. For example, you will need about $77,000 to buy 100 shares of GOOG).

Best Trading Articles 09/10/16

Reading as much as we can about trading always helps us to improve and become better traders. I'm pleased to share some of the best trading articles, podcasts and videos from some of my favorite traders, bloggers and educators. If you came across an interesting article please share it in the comments section.

How To Profit From A Volatile Market

It is one thing for a trader to state that he anticipates that the markets will become more volatile and it’s another to create a plan to earn money when that volatility prediction turns out to be correct. For example, the immediate question becomes: What is the source of the profits?

Trading Insights From Peter Brandt

Peter Brandt was named as one of the 30 most influential persons in the world of finance by Barry Ritholtz’ web site, The Big Picture in 2011. And rightfully so. Peter has immense experience in futures and proprietary trading. I have been following Peter for years, and would like to bring some of his gems to SteadyOptions readers.

10 Signs of A Fake Guru

I must say that I don't like the word guru in general. One of my favorite quotes is "Our world needs less gurus and more teachers. Gurus are about helping themselves become successful-- Teachers are about helping others become successful."-- Joseph C. Kunz Jr. We have too many "gurus" in the trading community who really only want to help themselves.