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Pinned  SteadyOptions delivered 47.4% ROI in Q1 2015

Apr 03 2015 11:32 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

While most major indexes continue to straggle, SteadyOptions continues to deliver strong gains. SteadyOptions flagship service produced 47.4% ROI in Q1 2015, based on fixed $1,000 allocation per trade (non-compounded) and 6 trades open. This translated to 28.4% 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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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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Why You Should NOT Trust Investment Gurus

Apr 04 2015 04:55 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Yesterday Mark Hulbert, whom I highly respect, published an article in MarketWatch called Investing guru predicts 12% rise in stocks over six months. Before I tell you why I think you should not trust any market forecasts from "investment gurus", 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.

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Iron Condor Adjustments: How and When

Apr 01 2015 09:27 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

By Mark D Wolfinger

Let’s begin with a basic fact: There are many methods for adjusting a position so that risk is reduced. Some are inexpensive, others cost more than most traders are willing to spend. Some are effective most of the time, but the protection offered is minimal. Others are so effective (alas, that happens rarely) that the gains an be spectacular. [Think of owning an extra put or two before the market opens down 20% one fine day]

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Steady Condors: The Comeback

Mar 30 2015 01:13 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

It's official now: Steady Condors has completely erased last year's losses and drawdown.

Steady Condors has just finished another profitable month of trading with gains of 7.7% on margin, and 6.2% per unit for April expiration. This makes the year to date return 17% on a whole account. Of particular importance is that this month’s gains bring Steady Condors back to new equity highs after a somewhat lengthy (yet statistically expected) drawdown over the last year. Those who had the discipline and patience to stay the course have been rewarded.

Risk management, as always, is what made the difference.

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Fibonacci, Gann, Elliott

Mar 27 2015 05:37 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

By Gery Nagy, optionsrules.com

Many people believe in the above methods, indicators. I am skeptical about the usability of them. I'll tell you why ...
Fibonacci, Gann, Elliott - all of them bring the laws of nature into the trading. These are formulas and laws that can be found in nature and form certain patterns.

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OptionNET Explorer discounted offer

Jun 24 2014 09:00 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with OptionNET Explorer (ONE) software provider to provide the ONE software to SteadyOptions members at discounted prices. SteadyOptions members can try the software for 30 days at 25 GBP ( around $43) which represents a 50% discount. After the 30 days trial, the prices are as following:

- 135 GBP for 3 months or
- 450 GBP for 12 months

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OptionSlam.com Discount for SteadyOptions Readers

Mar 21 2015 05:02 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Our members already know that we use the data from OptionSlam.com to research our earnings trades. OptionSlam.com has been a very valuable resource for us in the past few years.

We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with OptionSlam to offer a 15% discount on annual INSIDER Memberships to SteadyOptions readers.

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What Is The Best Options Strategy?

Mar 20 2015 02:16 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

I'm often asked by novice options traders what is the best options strategy. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but there is no such thing "the best options strategy". Each strategy has its pros and cons. Each strategy will work the best under certain market conditions, and no strategy will work under all market conditions.

One of the first things you need to decide before placing your first trade is: do I want to bet on direction (bullish/bearish) or I want to be able to make money regardless of market direction? In the first case, you have the choice of the following major strategies:

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Karen SuperTrader: Myth Or Reality?

Mar 17 2015 01:26 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Karen the "SuperTrader" has generated a lot of curiosity in the trading community. She has been interviewed on TastyTrade twice. The title of the last interview was OPTION TRADER makes $105MM PROFIT in the NDX, SPX & RUT.

Is she real? Does she really generate all those outstanding profits? Some people think Karen is a fraud.

This article aims to clarify some facts about Karen SuperTrader and her trading results.

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Can Options Assignment Cause Margin Call?

Mar 14 2015 05:41 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

By Christopher B. Welsh

I've had three emails in the past month on people being assigned on positions and receiving margin calls, and generally not knowing what happened. I advise everyone to completely research and become familiar with the exercise/assignment aspect of option trading. If you don't you can find your entire account blown out over a weekend.

Assignments occur in two basic varieties. First, on expiration Friday (or Thursday or Wednsday depending on the instrument your trading, but most commonly on Friday). If you have a position that is .01 in the money, or more, you WILL be assigned. For instance, if you have a 100 Call on stock XYZ that expires today, and XYZ closes (AFTER HOURS) at 100.01, you will find that you own, sometime Saturday, 100 shares of XYZ that you paid $100/share for.

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Why Iron Condors are NOT an ATM machine

Mar 04 2015 03:38 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

We closed today our Steady Condors March trades for an average gain of 7.5% before commissions, which translates to 5.8% return on the whole account after commissions.

Steady Condors first goal is to manage risk and to prevent big losses. We don't promise you some absurd numbers like 10%/month or 5%/week, but we are proud to report performance in the most honest and transparent way possible. I will explain later how our performance reporting is different from other newsletters, but let me start by quoting Jesse Blom's post on the forum.

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My Interview By Kirk Du Plessis from OptionAlpha

Mar 03 2015 03:25 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

The OptionAlpha is a highly respected publication managed by highly dedicated and extremely knowledgeable editor, Kirk Du Plessis.

I had the privilege to be interviewed by Kirk recently for his highly successful podcast. The Podcast was created and dedicated to options trader, stock market investor or trading wannabe.

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Are You Paying Too Much To Your Broker?

Feb 14 2015 10:51 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Options Trading is a business. As in any business, there are costs. One of the major costs is commissions that we pay to our broker (other costs are slippage, market data etc.)

While commissions is a cost of doing business, we have to do everything we can to minimize that cost. This is especially true if you are an active trader. The impact of commissions on your results can be astonishing.

This excellent article by Business Insider is asking the right questions (and also answering some of them):

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Feb 12 2015 09:42 AM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Our long term followers know that buying premium into earnings is one of our favorite strategies. I wrote about the strategy in my Seeking Alpha article Exploiting Earnings Associated Rising Volatility. IV (Implied Volatility) usually increases sharply a few days before earnings, and the increase should compensate for the negative theta. We have been using this strategy in our SteadyOptions model portfolio with great success.

However, not all stocks are suitable for that strategy. Some stocks experience consistent pattern of losses when buying premium before earnings. For those stocks we are using some alternative strategies like calendars.

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Name Of the Game: Steady, Consistent, Transparent

Feb 05 2015 10:49 PM | Posted in SteadyOptions

Numbers don't lie. Take a look how the major indexes performed in January, and compare it to SteadyOptions performance:

S&P 500: -3.1%
Dow Jones: -3.7%
Russell 2000: -3.3%
SteadyOptions: +20.7% ROI

After booking 146% ROI in 2014, we closed 8 trades in January, producing an incredible 88% winning ratio and 16% average return per trade.

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