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Option Selling: A High Probability Trading Strategy

Option Selling: A High Probability Trading Strategy

Despite the lack of broker approval, short option trading can be a high probability strategy In last month’s article, we focused on the risks and challenges of short option trading, but now let’s center on the positive.  The primary advantage of an option selling strategy is its ability to generate profits regardless of market direction.  Further, an option seller can be wrong in regards to...

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Square (SQ): Exciting Growth Potential, But Business Model Must Take Shape

Square (SQ): Exciting Growth Potential, But Business Model Must Take Shape

On Wednesday night, mobile payment processing company Square (SQ) is expected to price its 27.0 million share IPO within a range of $11-$13, equating to total gross proceeds of $324.0 million, based on the mid-point of the proposed price range. As followers of the IPO market are keenly aware, high-profile deals – particularly from the technology sector – have been few and far between over...

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Approach of Winter can be Boon to Natural Gas Bears, Not Bulls

Approach of Winter can be Boon to Natural Gas Bears, Not Bulls

If you’re looking to put some high percentage option premium in your holiday gift bag, taking the opposite tack of the public in Natural Gas could be a great bet this year. A popular notion among the public (mostly amateur commodities traders) is that you buy natural gas ahead of winter. Gas prices, they reason, will have to rally once it gets cold out, right? It sounds great but as with...

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How to Get Real Diversification

How to Get Real Diversification

Financial media and the financial industry pepper us with advice and recommended choices for “properly” diversifying our portfolios. Almost without fail, this magic formula consists of a mix of stocks, bonds and cash. The more adventurous may go as far as recommending a real estate investment trust (REIT) or Master Limited Partnership (MLP). Yet, CNBC.com ran an insightful article several...

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Dow set to defy naysayers and trend higher

Dow set to defy naysayers and trend higher

Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin Fear sells, and like misery it demands company.  The so-called crash in August triggered dozens of hibernating bears to emerge from the woodwork. Rested from the last severe beating they took, they are ready for another healthy dose of pain. In their quest to push the fear factor a notch higher, celebrity...

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A Lesson In Day Trading Stocks

A Lesson In Day Trading Stocks

Day trading stocks requires a good deal of technical knowledge, skill, and ability.  Traders need to be able to read the market skillfully and select the right stocks to trade.  Here is simple and effective way to select an appropriate stock to day trade when the market is expected to pull back from its overall trend. Day Trading Stocks: Comparative Strength & Weakness When trading...

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Is It Finally Time To Buy Crude Oil?

Is It Finally Time To Buy Crude Oil?

Maybe. But Option Sellers can Take Advantage Now Without Having to Pick the Low. It was Baron Rothschild who said, “The time to buy is when there’s blood in the streets…” Oil prices have been so low, for so long that the blood is indeed starting to flow - both figuratively (in the US, Canada and Russia) and literally (in the Middle East). If the Baron were alive today, he might be reaching...

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What You Really Need To Know About Option Selling

What You Really Need To Know About Option Selling

Commodity Option Selling: Is it as bad as your futures broker says it is? The practice of option selling is a controversial strategy for commodity option traders to partake in.  Many brokerage firms outright forbid the practice; others allow it, but there are often strings attached.  However, there are a limited number of brokerage services that recognize despite the challenges of option...

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Why Spiritual Inquiry Is Vital In Improving Trading Today

Why Spiritual Inquiry Is Vital In Improving Trading Today

New coaching clients often ask me to explain why I place so much importance on spirituality when  all they want to do is to improve their trading results. Typically traders think when they have challenges with trading consistency they need to work harder at their many shortcomings. Well, we all know what those are, don’t we? There is overtrading, Anger over losses, the fear of not making the...

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Your Path To Trading Mastery

Your Path To Trading Mastery

There are many well-known do’s and don’ts in trading, but in my 15 years as a trading coach I have noticed that each aspiring trader has a unique path to trading mastery. Along the way, he/she will encounter very particular challenges that arise from personal blind spots or character weakness. It’s quite possible that your path to Mastery may require you to break some of the standard rules...

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