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Pinned  SteadyOptions 2015 Half Year Report: 121.5% ROI

Jul 06 2015 10:48 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

While most major indexes continue to straggle, SteadyOptions continues to deliver strong gains. SteadyOptions flagship service produced 121.5% ROI in First Half 2015, based on fixed $1,000 allocation per trade (non-compounded) and 6 trades open. This translated to 72.9% return on the whole account, based on 10% allocation per trade. The winning ratio was a remarkable 82%. Check out the Performance page to see the full results. Please note that those results are based on real fills, not hypothetical performance.

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Pinned  All You Need to Know About Auto-Trading

Jun 04 2014 10:57 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

We are getting a lot of questions about our auto-trading program. Specifically, people want to know how it works, why we auto-trade some strategies and don't auto-trade others etc.

Auto-trading is basically money management, but vast majority of newsletters are not licensed to manage money. Would you give your hard earned money to amateurs? I assume most people would give a negative answer to that question - yet, by participating in Auto-trading program, this is exactly what they do. Is it stupidity or ignorance? You decide.

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Impending Market Reversal And Our Options Strat...

Oct 02 2015 11:17 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

By Gagan Gautam, CEO & Founder @ www.optionsherald.com


U.S. Market has seen a bullish run since 2009 after its tragic collapse in 2007-2008. It has been more than 5 years of partying on Wall Street and now it looks like the market needs correction and “introspection”. There are various economic indicators that rationalize our belief that the market is now headed for a correction.

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4 Low Risk Butterfly Trades For Any Market Envi...

Sep 02 2015 01:56 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

This article is presented by Dan, founder of Theta Trend, a site focused on simple, objective options trading with an awareness of trend.


The other day I was having a conversation with an options blogger and he asked me how I traded. When I told him that my primary trade is the Butterfly, he was surprised and said I was one of the first people he met who regularly traded Butterflies. In a world where Iron Condors get all the love, it wasn't the first time I had that conversation. I've traded a wide range of options strategies, but, for a number of reasons, the Butterfly is my preferred trade.

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Top 10 Options Strategies

Sep 01 2015 11:00 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

There are about 72 options trading strategies. There are three most commonly used options strategies: bullish, bearish and neutral or non-directional.


The following infographic describes the top 10 options strategies: Covered Call, Protective Put, Long Call, Long Call Spread, Long Put, Long Put Spread, Long Straddle, Long Strangle, Collar and Iron Condor.

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Is The Correction Finally Here? Frankly, We Don...

Aug 31 2015 06:00 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

August is finally behind us. It was a worst month in 3 years, with most major indexes down 6-8%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended August with the steepest monthly loss in more than five years. At some point the markets entered the correction territory, after declining more than 10%.


What's ahead of us? Are the markets going to retest the August lows? Or we are going to see a rebound? Will it be another V-shaped recovery?

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How We Lost 60% on $SPX calendar

Aug 27 2015 11:15 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Experienced traders know that nothing teaches you more than losing trades. And the bigger the loss, the more you learn.


Today I would like to dissect our biggest loser in the last 2 years.


This year's sideways market has been very kind to calendar trades. We booked few very nice winners with SPX and RUT calendars. When we opened another SPX calendar on August 5, I expected another nice winner. But the market had very different plans.

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How We Made 23% on $QIHU Straddle in 4 Hours

Aug 27 2015 10:50 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Our regular readers already know that pre-earnings straddle is one of our favorite strategies. The idea is to buy a straddle few days before earnings and take advantage of increasing IV (Implied Volatility) before earnings. IV usually increases sharply a few days before earnings, and the increase should compensate for the negative theta. If the stock moves before earnings, the position can be sold for a profit or rolled to new strikes.


You can read more about this strategy in my post How we trade straddles and strangles.

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The Less Risky Way To Trade $TSLA

Aug 08 2015 10:29 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Tesla reported earnings this week, and the stock took a hit due to weak guidance. The bears will tell you that this is the beginning of the end. The bulls will see it as a buying opportunity of the century.


No matter how you see it, there is no doubt that this is a very risky stock, both for the bulls and for the bears. As a non-directional traders we don't really care. I would like to present a less risky way to trade TSLA, with a good chance to make money no matter what the stock does.

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Understanding Options Trading Basics

Aug 07 2015 06:08 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

This video provides an introduction to options trading concepts and options types. The video also demonstrates the difference between options and stocks.


Options trading represents a world of investment opportunities to traders and investors. In basic terms, an option is a contract/deal which lets a person to buy or sell an underlying asset before or on the specific date and at a specific price. A trader can trade options by two ways; either by buying a certain asset at a specific price within a specific time period called Call Option or by selling an asset at certain price and within specific time called Put Option.

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If Other Industries Were Like Wall Street

Jul 27 2015 06:20 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Since I started an options trading newsletter over 3 years ago, I met a lot of interesting people. I also learned a lot about human psychology.


I would like you to take a look at this article. It provides some good perspective about Wall Street and human emotions.

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Is 220% gain really 220% gain?

Jul 13 2015 12:29 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Today we closed our VIX calendar trade for $0.80 credit, after opening it just two weeks ago for $0.25 debit. What percentage gain did we make?


This is not a tricky question. Well, maybe a little bit. Any high school student would tell you that 0.80/0.25=220% gain. Correct?


Not so fast.

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Understanding Implied Volatility

Jul 04 2015 07:18 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

In simple terms, implied volatility is the amount of stock price fluctuations. Being on the right side of implied volatility changes can enhance the chances of success.


In general, implied volatility increases when the market is bearish and decreases when the market is bullish. This is due to the common belief that bearish markets are more risky than bullish markets.

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The Options Greeks: Is it Greek to You?

Jun 16 2015 01:08 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Trading options without an understanding of the Greeks is like flying a plane without the ability to read instruments. Unfortunately, many traders do not know how to read the Greeks when trading. This puts them at risk of a fatal error, much like a pilot would experience flying in bad weather without the benefit of a panel of instruments at his or her disposal.


In this article, I will try to describe how to use the options Greeks to your advantage.

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Momentum – The Premier Market Anomaly

Jun 15 2015 05:43 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Fama/French (2008): Momentum is "the center stage anomaly of recent years…an anomaly that is above suspicion…the premier market anomaly."

This article will share a simple example of the power of momentum, and more specifically, the power of combining relative strength momentum with absolute momentum. Absolute momentum is often referred to as trend following or time-series momentum. We highly recommend those who want to go further in depth to pick up Gary Antonacci’s book, DualMomentum Investing: An Innovative Strategy for Higher Returns with Lower Risk[1].

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Techniques for Growing a Small Account - [eBook...

Jun 11 2015 04:14 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Whether you are new to trading or just looking for more consistency in your trading activities, this eBook will show you several ways that you can leverage a small account to your benefit. These techniques have helped me in the past, and today I want to give you a complimentary copy of this new must-read eBook, How to Trade a Small Account.

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Steady Condor 2015 Half Year Report: 31.6% Return

May 28 2015 06:04 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

This week we closed our June trades with gains of 10.1% on margin, and 7.9% return on 20k unit. This makes the year to date non-compounded return 31.6% on a whole account (including commissions). If we reported returns like most other services do (Compounded ROI before commissions), we would report 48.9% gain.

As you noticed, we closed our June trades three weeks before expiration, to reduce the negative gamma risk. We recommend reading the Why You Should Not Ignore Negative Gamma article to understand the gamma risk. This is another thing we do differently from many other services. We open our trades early and close them early. We would typically open the trades 6-8 weeks before expiration and close them 2-3 weeks before expiration.

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With Options Trading, You have More Options

May 26 2015 01:19 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Options are similar to other financial security tools just like bonds, stocks, mutual funds, which can be purchased and sold at one’s convenience. Since these are less expensive than others, options have spread their roots across the market. These are ideal for short-term, as well as, long-term and are hence more profitable for users. Since individual investors have wider education resources, and multiple strategies can be implemented with options trading, these can be trusted for long-term use.

Some of the elements of successful trading include controlling risk, technical analysis, buy and sell indicators, and patterns. However, investors must bear certain steps in mind while spotting out potential trade including keeping a watch over the moving average, understanding overall patterns, and comprehending market trends.

All these short-term trading ideas and tricks are required to ensure success.

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Another Excellent Earnings Season

May 10 2015 10:22 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

In one of my previous articles I described how we are going to play the current earnings season. I shared our plans to trade some of our favorite names (NFLX, GOOG, FFIV, CMG, FB, AMZN, MSFT, LNKD, TSLA and more). I expected this period to be good for SteadyOptions members.

I was wrong.

This earnings season was not good. It was outstanding! We closed CMG and AMZN trades for 20% gain, GOOG for 37% gain, TSLA for 34% gain, MSFT for 13% gain, among others. We also booked 22% gain in VIX calendar, 13% in RUT calendar and 17% in SPY/TLT combo. We closed 15 trades in April, 13 winners and only 2 losers, for an overall ROI of 30.0%! Our ROI in 2015 is an amazing 85.5%, in just 4 months.

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How To Blow Up Your Account

May 05 2015 01:22 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

In one of my previous articles, I described a hedge fund manager called Karen the "SuperTrader". She was featured few times by tastytrade as "one of the most successful and fascinating traders". Tom Sosnoff admitted that he "admires" her.

What Sosnoff fails to mention time after time is the amount of risk Karen is taking, compared to her returns. This is a critical issue that many traders don't fully understand.

To understand the real risk this lady is taking, I would like you to take a look at Victor Niederhoffer. This guy had one of the best track records in the hedge fund industry, compounding 30% gains for 20 years. Yet, he blew up spectacularly in 1997 and 2007. Not once but twice.

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Iron Condor Adjustment: Can I "roll" it...

Apr 28 2015 10:41 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Digging through some old forum posts, I came across the following question from one of our members:

"My bear call spread is ITM now (RUT 855/865). I adjusted it by rolling it to the next strike (closed 855/865, opened 875/890). But I was wondering if this could be approached differently. This seems too good to be true, so I'm wondering if I'm missing something.

I could have done nothing for now, and if on October 18 (when my spread expires) RUT is still above $865, I could just roll to the SAME strike prices for the NEXT MONTH, for even more credit. And keep doing it forever, until RUT is below my short leg and it can be closed for profit or expires worthless. This seems too good to be true, but here's my logic:

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How NOT to Trade $NFLX Earnings

Apr 15 2015 08:58 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

NFLX announced earnings today after the close. Couple hours before the market close, I got a following trade alert from one of options sites I follow:

Trade: SELL -1 IRON CONDOR NFLX 100 APR 15 520/522.5/427.5/425 CALL/PUT @.91 LMT [TO OPEN/TO OPEN/TO OPEN/TO OPEN]

Trade Explanation: For the Volatility Advisory in NFLX, we are selling the Apr 427.5 puts and 520 calls and buy the Apr 425 puts and 522.5 calls for a net credit of $0.91 to open.

Underlying Price: $474.22

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Earnings Season Has Arrived!

Apr 13 2015 05:10 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Our long term members know that we like to use few non-directional strategies to play earnings. There are few things we like about those strategies:
  • They are predictable.
  • They are repeatable.
  • They are flexible.
  • They can be used on the same stocks cycle after cycle.
The following article described few stocks that we use over and over again, cycle after cycle. We said "$TSLA, $LNKD, $NFLX, $GOOG: Thank You, See You Next Cycle".

Well, the Next Cycle is already here.

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Beginner's Guide To Options Trading

Apr 08 2015 09:01 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

The following Infographic illustrates some of the basics of options trading:
  • How to read Options Symbols.
  • Understand the Greeks of Options Trading.
  • Options vs. Stocks.
  • Top 4 Advantages of Options.

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Do You Still Believe in Fairy Tales?

Apr 06 2015 11:00 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

What would you say if someone told you that they consistently produce an average annual return of 3,000-4,000%? You would probably think it's too good to be true, right? That's what I thought when I reviewed a list of best performing investment newsletters reported by Pro-Trading-Profits, an independent advisory monitoring site. So I decided to check out one of the services reporting those remarkable returns.

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