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SteadyOptions 2018 - Year In Review

2018 marks our seventh year as a public service. It was an excellent and exciting year. We closed 124 winners out of 161 trades. Our model portfolio produced 129.5% compounded gain on the whole account based on 10% allocation per trade. The winning ratio was 77.0%. We had only one losing month in 2018. 

Calculating ROI in Options Trading

Our readers know that our returns have been tracked by Pro-Trading-Profits, an independent third party website that tracks performance of hundreds investment newsletters. They provided an excellent explanation how to analyze and compare performance of different trading systems. 

Stock Selection for Options Trading

Which stocks do you pick for options trading? In fact, does the underlying really matter? Many options traders ignore or overlook the critical importance of deciding which underlying to use for options trading. Focus often is on the richness of option premium as the sole factor determining which stocks to use for options trading.

The Importance of Time Horizon When Investing

According to Investopedia: Investment horizon is the term used to describe the total length of time that an investor expects to hold a security or a portfolio.The following set of charts are a great visual aid to help investors plan and set expectations for investing in the stock market.

The Tradeoffs Of Strike Selection

Many options traders choose to write short puts as a way to take advantage moderate-to-high implied volatility and neutral-to-bullish price movement. This setup is a basic type that can be used by options traders at any level, requiring very little experience to manage.

History is a Great Teacher

“The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.” -Winston Churchill. 

“It is critical to understand human nature if you want to succeed at investing. Basing their decisions on short-term results is in fact the biggest mistake investors make.” - Jim O’Shaughnessy

Leveraged Anchor: A Two Month Review

Steady Options has now been tracking the Leveraged Anchor from the unlevered version for just over two months.  The results so far have substantially beat expectations, though there is a possibility for improvements discussed at the end of this piece. 

Options and Diversification Myths

Options traders often overlook the nature and role of diversification. In picking one strategy over another, and in deciding which companies to use for options trading, diversification should be one of the attributes worth study. Why do options traders need to think about diversification?

SteadyOptions Managed Accounts

One of the most common questions Steady Options receives relates to managed accounts. Lorintine Capital is offering managed accounts for both Anchor Trades and Steady Momentum. This post will detail the current Steady Options managed account offerings and how they work.

IVolatility Tools: Probability Calculator

The S&P 500 Index advance continues from its December 26th low at 2346.58, but it’s yet to exceed the December 3rd high at 2800.18.  Will it continue?  Will it crash? Will the bulls get their way? Find out in our short market review, followed by strategy suggestions, created using our Probability Calculator, currently available to all Steady Options subscribers.

SteadyOptions Strategies Analysis

SteadyOptions trades a variety of option strategies – straddles, hedged straddles, calendars, butterflies and iron condors, volatility trades, etc..  Frequently these trades are designed to work together and complement each other, so for the last several years Steady Options has only analyzed total performance.

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