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The Scientific Process of Increasing Expected Returns

For many US investors, the "base case" for equity investing is US large cap stocks, most commonly benchmarked as the S&P 500. You could absolutely do far worse than owning these 500 great US companies, and the weight of the evidence suggests that most actively managed mutual funds that benchmark themselves against the S&P 500 index have in fact done worse.

Those Golden and Death Crosses

The use of moving average (MA) for predicting future price behavior must be undertaken cautiously. MA is a lagging indicator, so the question must be: Can a lagging indicator provide guidance for the future? Yes. The use of two MA lines and how they interact is a reliable form of reversal indicator.

Trading Reverse Iron Condors When IV Is Elevated

Our members know that pre earnings straddles and calendars have been our bread and butter strategies in the recent years. We enter those trades when the prices are cheap compared to previous cycles. However, in the last few months of 2018, Implied Volatility exploded, making most of those trades too expensive.

How To Short Volatility The Right Way

Shorting volatility in 2017 was easy money. In fact, it was easy money every year since 2010 when iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures TM ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX) has been created. Just go short VXX, buy puts or put debit spreads, and you would make money every year since 2010.

Leveraged Anchor Implementation

This week Steady Options implemented the newest iteration of the Anchor trades – the Leveraged Anchor. This will now officially be tracked. We will also continue to track the Traditional Anchor as well. It is our belief that the Leveraged Anchor will perform better, on a risk adjusted basis than Anchor has, particularly on the upside of the trade.

2018: A Year To Remember

Making money in the stock market in 2017 was easy. Pick almost any stock or index. Buy calls. Sell put credit spreads. Almost any bullish or slightly bullish strategy would work. Everyone was a genius trader. Then came 2018. US stocks posted its worst year in a decade. Volatility exploded. 

Systematic vs. Discretionary Trading

Much of the discussion in finance is about "active" vs. "passive". Active management typically uses security selection and/or market timing to make portfolio management decisions. Passive management typically does not, instead, focusing on market risk premiums as the source of expected return. So which is better?

Dangers of the covered call

The covered call. That popular, strategy described by many as risk-free or at least so low-risk that you can’t go wrong. Or can you? A few dangers of the covered call should be described or, more accurately, a realistic point of view about this “sure thing” trade. A few points worth remembering:

How To Start: Options Basics

Today might just have the smallest gap between Wall Street and Main Street we’ve ever experience.  We’ve come a long way when it comes to common retail traders access, affordability of trade commissions, options trading education, research and analysis services, and, finally, some progress in accessibility of technology for options traders.

Should You Close Short Options On Expiration Friday?

Options traders spend a lot of time trying to figure out the perfect moment to open a trade; but little attention is devoted to the other side of the transaction. When should you close? This applies equally to long and short positions. However, one aspect of short timing concerns expiration Friday.

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