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All You Need to Know About Auto-Trading

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 an auto-trading service, this is exactly what they do. Is it stupidity or ignorance? You decide.

Exciting changes coming to Steady Condors

We are pleased to announce some exciting changes to the Steady Condors service effective for the next expiration cycle. We are responding to members feedback and constatntly chaning market conditions. We are confident that these changes will make the service even more compelling for current and potential members. 

Are You Prepared For The Next Market Crash?

Financial crises come around every seven years on average. There was the stock market crash of 1987, the emerging market meltdown in the mid-1990s, the popping of the dotcom bubble in 2000-2001 and the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. If history is any guide, the next crisis should be coming along some time soon. 

Are You EMOTIONALLY Ready To Lose?

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 (at least I know that, I hope you don't expect all your trades to be winners). 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?”

The Right Way to Trade Options

When it comes to options trading in order to make money you need a strategy that treats options as trading vehicles in their own right and not as mere leverage tools. But a lot of people that get into options trading do not do this. I know because I wrote a top selling investment book titled Strategic Stock Trading and run the financial blogging site so I get emails from hundreds of new traders a month.

SteadyOptions Produced 69.2% ROI in Q1 2014

SteadyOptions continues to deliver outstanding gains. Our alerts produced a 69.2% ROI in the first quarter of 2014. That's over 40% return on the overall portfolio, based on 10% per trade allocation. We closed 45 trades, 32 winners and 13 losers. Check out the Performance page to see the full results.

Please note that those results are based on real fills, not hypothetical performance, and exclude commissions, so your actual results will be lower. Commissions reduce the monthly returns by approximately 2-3% per month, depending on the broker. Please refer to Performance Dissected topic for more details.

When Is The Right Time To Invest

Perhaps the most often asked question we have heard is if now is the right time to invest. There really are no answers because the equity markets are not static. To be sure, when an investor reflects on the following questions, perhaps they can answer for themselves:

Index Options or ETF Options?

I'm asked many times which product is better to trade: Index options or ETF options? Is IWM better than RUT? Is SPX better than SPY? There is no simple answer to that question. If one product was superior to other, the other would not be trading anymore. There are pros and cons to each product, and this article describes different aspects of trading Index options vs. ETF options.

How we Trade Calendar Spreads

A calendar spread is a strategy involving buying longer term options and selling equal number of shorter term options of the same underlying stock or index with the same strike price. Calendar spread options can be done with calls or with puts, which are virtually equivalent if using same strikes and expirations.

How We Trade Straddle Option Strategy

For those not familiar with the long straddle option strategy, it is a neutral strategy in options trading that involves simultaneous buying of a put and a call on the same underlying, strike and expiration. The trade has a limited risk (the debit paid for the trade) and unlimited profit potential. If you buy different strikes, the trade is called a strangle.

30 Great Trading Rules

Here is the inconvenient truth about successful trading. It’s work. Trading is more than just numbers — it is a three dimensional fight that rages primarily inside the traders themselves. Missing any crucial element can ruin a trader quickly. The trader must first develop a robust trading system that fits their own personality and risk tolerance. Then they must trade it with discipline and faith consistently through ups and downs.

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