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Trading Income is Not Linear in Nature
By Matt Davio   
April 15, 2014

In today's video, we will have a discussion about expectations and trading for a living. We say that trading is not a linear business and it defiantly isn't. This business is a grind and trading isn't for everybody. Let's discuss what kind of capitalization you should have for your day trading.

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Picking Your Markets to Trade
By Mark Soberman   
April 15, 2014

If you swing trade, simultaneously day trade multiple markets or even if you're considering a switch in product for your day trading, you'll need to take into account a number of considerations in order to identify and select good markets to trade. I'll run through a checklist of basics so you can get the gist and search for yourself.

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Building Discipline and Patience as a Day Trader
By Kam Dhadwar   
April 15, 2014

Let's talk about how you may build more discipline and patience as a traders by making your trading plan for the day clear in the first place. Ways in which you can do this include a focus on making it structured as well focusing on fewer opportunities with greater potential which is my preference.

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Different Option Strategies on AAPL
By Dan Passarelli   
April 14, 2014

Compared to trading stocks, there are so many more strategies available to an option trader. But more importantly: Do you know why there are so many different types of options strategies? This is the real reason of our discussion and why getting a proper options education can help a trader better understand all of those strategies and when and how to use them.

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JS Services Price Map | 5 Year Treasury Notes
By John Slazas   
April 14, 2014

5 Year Treasury Notes | 4/14/2014 - 4/18/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: 5 Year Treasury Notes | 4/14/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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Retirement Stocks
By Stephen Bigalow   
April 10, 2014

Those who would like a nest egg stashed away for their later years will often seek retirement stocks, stocks with a good margin of safety as well as intrinsic stock value. Retirement stocks often pay dividends as well. The point is to have a steady income from ones portfolio while individual stocks still appreciate in value over the years.

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A Happy Market!
By Erich Senft   
April 09, 2014

What Makes a Market "Happy"?

Remember that price only moves when there is an imbalance between buyers and sellers. No imbalance, no movement. If the buyers and sellers are evenly matched, price will go nowhere. This is precisely why markets tend to only trend about 20% of the time.

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Russell 2000 Looking Sideways Based on Timeframes
By Rob Hoffman   
April 09, 2014

By analyzing the Russell 2000 on multiple timeframes, we have seen that today's market had a soft bounce, but what may be coming is much more interesting. As buyers and sellers come into the market due to the timeframe they are trading on, we have seen some odd movement in this market.

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A System Hopper's Misguided Journey
By Omar Eltoukhy   
April 08, 2014

"If making money in daytrading is as simple as plunking down money for the "right" system, then why do so many people fail at it??"

In a world of information, why the heck wouldn't you find it?? If you don't believe it exists, then why are you looking? If you do believe it exists, why can't you find it among the thousands out there?? Is it a conspiracy?

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Do You Want This Position
By Mark Soberman   
April 07, 2014

I want to go back to something Marty Schwartz said that actually occurred this past week for me.

It is something that I struggled with when I started trading, not so much now and when the opportunity to jump was there this week, I continued to exercise something that can keep you on the winning side of a career.

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Futures Basics
Retirement Stocks
By Stephen Bigalow   
April 10, 2014

Those who would like a nest egg stashed away for their later years will often seek retirement stocks, stocks with a good margin of safety as well as intrinsic stock value. Retirement stocks often pay dividends as well. The point is to have a steady income from ones portfolio while individual stocks still appreciate in value over the years.

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A Happy Market!
By Erich Senft   
April 09, 2014

What Makes a Market "Happy"?

Remember that price only moves when there is an imbalance between buyers and sellers. No imbalance, no movement. If the buyers and sellers are evenly matched, price will go nowhere. This is precisely why markets tend to only trend about 20% of the time.

Read more...
 
Russell 2000 Looking Sideways Based on Timeframes
By Rob Hoffman   
April 09, 2014

By analyzing the Russell 2000 on multiple timeframes, we have seen that today's market had a soft bounce, but what may be coming is much more interesting. As buyers and sellers come into the market due to the timeframe they are trading on, we have seen some odd movement in this market.

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A System Hopper's Misguided Journey
By Omar Eltoukhy   
April 08, 2014

"If making money in daytrading is as simple as plunking down money for the "right" system, then why do so many people fail at it??"

In a world of information, why the heck wouldn't you find it?? If you don't believe it exists, then why are you looking? If you do believe it exists, why can't you find it among the thousands out there?? Is it a conspiracy?

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Buying Gold
By Stephen Bigalow   
April 02, 2014

Buying gold, gold exchange traded funds, and gold futures have all allowed traders to ride the bull market on gold to a more than eight fold increase in the last dozen years. However it is in selling gold that the success lies.

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How to Stop Overtrading
By Erich Senft   
March 31, 2014

We've all done it. Some days the market just seems to have our number and we end up taking too many losing trades. Or we have a good day and take one too many trades that ends up taking away much of our hard earned profit, or worse, puts us in a losing position. Overtrading is a big problem among traders.

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Forex 101: Currency Pairs
By Omar Eltoukhy   
March 27, 2014

Today's topic covers one of the most basic building blog of forex: the currency pair itself. Sure, there are lots of them. But what do they mean?? Which ones should you trade?? Are there any easy ones?? Or are they all the same?? Let's find out!!

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Stock Trading
By Stephen Bigalow   
March 26, 2014

Every quarter companies listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ issue earnings reports. Prior to the issuance earnings reports on stocks the stock market news is full of earnings estimates. Stock trading at a discount to earnings estimates are often profitable for both long term investing and as day trading stocks.

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Russell Market Weaker Than Other Indexes
By Rob Hoffman   
March 26, 2014

An interesting trade setup came up this morning when we were looking at the stock indexes. We like to call this the 1 vs. 3 and it today's market, the Russell 2000 was the one. It started off the day looking a lot weaker than the other indices and we spotted an opportunity based off of that weakness.

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Bring Your A-Game
By Erich Senft   
March 19, 2014

This week I tried to trade after a visit to the dentist. As you might guess I had less than desirable results. The experience reminded me about an important concept often overlooked by traders: if you're going to trade your best you have to be at your best. Simply put this means that you have to "have your head in the game", or put another way, you cannot trade well if you are not 100% focused on your trading.

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Market Profile
What is Market Profile, Part 1
By Tom Alexander   
February 26, 2014

This is the first in a series of videos on "Market Profile". With almost thirty years of trading experience and much of it involved with "Market Profile", Tom clearly outlines, from his perspective, what Market Profile is as what it is not. He also demonstrates the core concepts of how to use Market Profile as an effective trading tool.

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Trading the Market's Edges with the Big Boys
By Charles Cochran   
July 30, 2013

The Market Profile (MP) was introduced to the general public in the spring of 1986 by J. Peter Steidlmayer. It was touted as the latest greatest technical analysis study since technical analysis inception in the 1970's. As with all approaches to trading, the MP's acceptance has been up and down since its introduction. But Peter Steidlmayer has never wavered from his claims of the MP's application and efficacy for traders.

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How to Track Institutional Trading During Day Sessions
By Charles Cochran   
July 24, 2013

When it is all said and done markets go higher on more buying than selling and lower on more selling than buying. The entities that do the bulk of the trading volume are the larger institutions. Their buying and selling is the engine that drives the markets directionally. And it is their profit taking and/or reversals that turn the markets at those moments when things seem the brightest or darkest that they can be.

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How to Trade the Market's Edges Like Exchange Members
By Charles Cochran   
July 17, 2013

Markets will often trend, pause and then trend again as the buying/selling ebbs and flows in the markets. In general markets trend about 25% of the time. If a trader chooses to specialize in one market and only wants to trade that market when it is trending he will greatly limit his profit potential. If a trader is going to maximize the market’s profit potential he will have to learn to trade when the market is in a bracket which is roughly 75% of the time.

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How to trade the Market's Short Term Structure
By Charles Cochran   
July 10, 2013

Position trade, swing trade or day trade: each one of these time frames has it challenges. However as you shorten the time frame trading becomes increasingly difficult. Day trading, being the shortest of the three time frames, is considered the hardest time frame to trade. Why is this? When you position or swing trade all that matters is that you get the market's direction right. And if you do get the direction right, eventually you will make money even with all the twists and turns that occur when trading the longer time frames.

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How to Trade the Market's Long Term Structure
By Charles Cochran   
July 02, 2013

The most important question facing a trader on each trade is "what is the market's direction"? If you get the correct answer to this question, the rest of the analysis falls into place automatically. When one gets the direction of the market right, he can make money; unless one buys the high or sells the low. How can one get the direction right when continuously bombarded with news and opinions that support either side of the market?

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Market Profile: Determining Direction Through Tails, Range Extensions, and Skewing
By Charles Cochran   
June 25, 2013

The Market Profile over time has become many things to many people, when at its essence it is an objective study that was developed for Exchange Members to show them where the market was, where it had been and who was behind the current trading.

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The Market Profiler's Edge - Value
By Charles Cochran   
June 11, 2013

One of the things that traders find very difficult to do with historical or standard technical analysis is to determine where value actually is. And if you do not know where value is, you really cannot sell above value and profit from that, or buy below value and profit from that consistently over time. What you can see through the Market Profile is where the market's edges are, and from that, you can determine where value is for the time period under examination. It is in that ascertainment of value that allows one to consistently place buy and sell orders at one's advantage.

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The 3-2-1 Approach: A Simplified Method for Trading Any Market
By Charles Cochran   
May 20, 2013

You're starved for knowledge about trading. You buy all the books. You're Googling like mad through the Internet. Maybe you lay out some big bucks for a can't-miss system that works great when the market is consolidating but falls apart when it begins to trend.

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Volume Profile Analysis
By Rob Mitchell   
May 17, 2013

There are a wide number of techniques for (attempting to) predicting support and resistance or trend using volume profiles. The most basic of these approaches basically says to look for overnight changes in value (ie. where we open outside of the value area of the previous day). When this occurs, we will look for some level of retracement back towards value and then continue in the direction of the initial revaluation at the open.

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Psychology
Trading Income is Not Linear in Nature
By Matt Davio   
April 15, 2014

In today's video, we will have a discussion about expectations and trading for a living. We say that trading is not a linear business and it defiantly isn't. This business is a grind and trading isn't for everybody. Let's discuss what kind of capitalization you should have for your day trading.

View Video...
 
Picking Your Markets to Trade
By Mark Soberman   
April 15, 2014

If you swing trade, simultaneously day trade multiple markets or even if you're considering a switch in product for your day trading, you'll need to take into account a number of considerations in order to identify and select good markets to trade. I'll run through a checklist of basics so you can get the gist and search for yourself.

View Video...
 
Building Discipline and Patience as a Day Trader
By Kam Dhadwar   
April 15, 2014

Let's talk about how you may build more discipline and patience as a traders by making your trading plan for the day clear in the first place. Ways in which you can do this include a focus on making it structured as well focusing on fewer opportunities with greater potential which is my preference.

View Video...
 
Do You Want This Position
By Mark Soberman   
April 07, 2014

I want to go back to something Marty Schwartz said that actually occurred this past week for me.

It is something that I struggled with when I started trading, not so much now and when the opportunity to jump was there this week, I continued to exercise something that can keep you on the winning side of a career.

View Video...
 
Why Do We Give Back Our Winnings
By Dr. Andrew Menaker   
April 02, 2014

One of the most common problems I see in trading is The Giveback. This is when a trader makes money on a series of trades, and then gives back the money. And The Giveback is usually much faster. This happens in all time frames, intra-day and across days.

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Good Emotions Gone Bad
By Rande Howell   
April 01, 2014

How do you balance the need and thrill of risk taking and the probability of reward? This is one of the biggest problems professional traders face after a string of wins. The testosterone pushes the risk taking up and up until risk/reward are out of balance. How do you manage it?

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Is Mediocre Your Modus Operandi
By Mark Soberman   
March 26, 2014

The hard truth is that people are prone to mediocrity. They are prone to talk and not much else. At times, I have to actually make an effort to take action and though not 100% perfect at it, I am aware of my downfall. That gives me a chance to fix it.

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Creating Emotional Balance for Sanity and Performance in Your Trading
By Rande Howell   
March 21, 2014

Tom was in the zone. He had a string of winning trades over a period of weeks that brought in substantial gains. Sure he had a few losses, but his capital was well protected with good risk management. And, in addition to his risk being managed well, he also had a number of big gainers that also brought him a rush of deserved excitement.

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Know What Time Frame is Dominating the Market
By Matt Davio   
March 18, 2014

One item that we often discuss with traders is who is in control of the market, short-term money, long-term money. The thing to keep in mind is that when your smaller timeframes are in control, your short-term money is more in play in the market.

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The Ten Main Types of Plans Essential for a Discretionary Trader
By Kam Dhadwar   
March 17, 2014

Many traders believe that simply having a standard trade plan is enough. When to enter and exit the market. But there is much more to being properly prepared as a discretionary trader. Many traders do not stop to think about what other plans they should have such as as risk plan or a performance tracking plan.

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Research
JS Services Price Map | 5 Year Treasury Notes
By John Slazas   
April 14, 2014

5 Year Treasury Notes | 4/14/2014 - 4/18/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: 5 Year Treasury Notes | 4/14/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | Canadian Dollar
By John Slazas   
April 07, 2014

Canadian Dollar | 4/7/2014 - 4/11/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Canadian Dollar | 4/7/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | Silver
By John Slazas   
March 31, 2014

Silver | 3/31/2014 - 4/4/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Silver | 3/31/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | Nasdaq
By John Slazas   
March 24, 2014

Nasdaq | 3/24/2014 - 3/28/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Nasdaq | 3/24/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | Bund
By John Slazas   
March 17, 2014

Bund | 3/17/2014 - 3/21/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Bund | 3/17/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | Eurodollar 4th Option
By John Slazas   
March 10, 2014

Eurodollar 4th Option | 3/10/2014 - 3/14/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Eurodollar 4th Option | 3/10/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | Aussie Dollar
By John Slazas   
March 03, 2014

Aussie Dollar | 3/3/2014 - 3/7/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Aussie Dollar | 3/3/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | Soybeans
By John Slazas   
February 24, 2014

Soybeans | 2/24/2014 - 2/28/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Soybeans | 2/24/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | DOW
By John Slazas   
February 18, 2014

Dow | 2/17/2014 - 2/21/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Dow | 2/17/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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JS Services Price Map | Bobl
By John Slazas   
February 10, 2014

Bobl | 2/10/2014 - 2/14/2014

The JS Services' Price Map is a series of support and resistance levels that are qualified and weighted into a powerful trading tool. The system incorporates an array of technical studies, drawing from both classical and proprietary analytical techniques, into a risk management tool that pinpoints shifts in market momentum for trade entry and exit. The Price Map is designed for the current trading session.

Preview this week's market with the Monday report: Bobl | 2/10/2014
For each day's report, be sure to read the full article every day.

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Options
Different Option Strategies on AAPL
By Dan Passarelli   
April 14, 2014

Compared to trading stocks, there are so many more strategies available to an option trader. But more importantly: Do you know why there are so many different types of options strategies? This is the real reason of our discussion and why getting a proper options education can help a trader better understand all of those strategies and when and how to use them.

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Directional Butterfly
By Dan Passarelli   
April 04, 2014

Many option traders use butterfly spreads for a neutral outlook on the underlying. The position is structured to profit from time decay but with the added benefit of a "margin of error" around the position depending on what strike prices are chosen.

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Stock Option Trading Information You Should Know
By Markus Heitkoetter   
March 28, 2014

Stock option trading is a popular way to trade the markets. Since there are more variables involved than simply buying a stock, stock option trading is often believed to be too complex or advanced for the average trader.

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AAPL Options and Moneyness
By Dan Passarelli   
March 26, 2014

I often uses the word "moneyness" and I even have a section about it in my books. Moneyness isn't a word, is it? It won't be found on spell-check, but moneyness is a very important term when it comes to learning to trade options.

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Weekly Options and Time Decay
By Dan Passarelli   
March 19, 2014

There are so many different characteristics of options that I talk a lot about with my options coaching students. But one of the more popular subjects is that premium sellers see the most dramatic erosion of the time value of options they have sold during the last week of the options cycle.

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Naked AAPL Options
By Dan Passarelli   
March 11, 2014

With March finally here, traders are still assessing when or if ever this market will have a correction like it had in January. That being the case, there are several option strategies that traders can consider depending on their outlook. Below is an explanation of a option strategy that may be right for you depending on your goals and trading personality. Regardless, understanding this option strategy is something all traders should and need to know even if they may never use it.

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Socrates and Another Famous Greek
By Dan Passarelli   
March 04, 2014

We all know options are derivatives, and their prices are derived from the underlying stock, index, or ETF. But with other factors at work such as implied volatility, time decay, etc. Have you ever wondered how can you know how much an option is going to move with respect to say the underlying? Very simple - check out its delta.

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The Olympics of Trading
By Dan Passarelli   
February 20, 2014

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are currently in full swing and it can be quite enjoyable and patriotic to watch. But did you ever stop and think for a minute how these fantastic athletes got to be where they are? It took a lot of dedication, courage and a well though out plan to make it to their elite level. If that sounds familiar it should because those same attributes are what it takes to learn to trade and become a successful options trader.

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Option Price and Earnings
By Dan Passarelli   
February 11, 2014

With earnings season in full gear and major players like Priceline.com and Tesla ready to announce soon, it is probably a good time to review how option prices are influenced.

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Thoughts on Front-Month Puts
By Dan Passarelli   
January 27, 2014

With the market threatening to move lower after a bullish run last year and earning's season upon us, it might be a good time to talk about put options. If a trader buys a put option, he or she has the right to sell the underlying at a particular price (strike price) before a certain time (expiration). If a trader owns 100 shares of stock and purchases a put option, the trader may be able to protect the position fully or to some degree because he or she will have the right to sell the stock at the strike price by expiration even if the shares lose value.

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