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Trading on Expiration Friday - Options expiration was always an exciting day for me when I was in the trading pits of Chicago. Expiration day’s can see wild price action and huge levels of orderflow as traders look to close out their expiring positions and roll them to the next options expiration. While this can create opportunity for savvy options traders it can also create traps for traders who do not understand options market dynamics as well. It can also create price action in the stock...
Trading on Expiration Friday
Trading on Expiration Friday
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The Myth About Trading “Win Rates” - Have you ever heard a trader describe their success in terms of a “win rate?” You probably have, its a popular way for signal services to market their offerings as well. Saying something like “I have a 90% win rate on my trades” sounds impressive but it actually doesn’t speak to a trader’s success at all. Win rate is not important. At the end of the day all that matters is how much profit a trader is able to pull out of the market. A win rate doesn’t mea...
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The Different Ways That Stocks Can Move - Most people think that to get the most success out of the stock market you simply need to have a good read on whether stocks will move up or down. While determining that is the fundamental goal of trading, professional traders do a slightly more complicated analysis than that. After a professional trader has figured out that they like a stock to the upside or downside they then need to think about how that stock might move. Depending on the directio...
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Learn to Trade Like a Hedge Fund Manager - Why are hedge funds so much more successful than the average individual trader? Sure, not all hedge funds are successful but their rates of success far surpass those of the rest of the trading public. Are they really just that much smarter? What drives their competitive advantage? Below I will break down ways that you can change your approach to the markets to trade more like an institutional trader and less like the average retail trader. Capitali...
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Back to Basics: My Top 3 Trading Rules - Successful trading demands self discipline. Every trader should have a plan in place. My plan begins with 3 rules that I need to follow at all times. These rules could save you from losses and give you trading profits faster. Learning them has cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of my career. But implementing them has made me into the trader I am today. Below I will break these rules down for you and how you can apply them to you...
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My Top Tips for Trading a Choppy Market - The past several weeks have seen some unprecedented moves in both stock indices and cryptocurrencies. This type of environment can be very difficult to trade. The past several weeks have shown us several big up days and down days in the same week. Although a single day or week of volatility doesn’t mean you should change your entire strategy, below are three trading strategy adjustments to make in a period of rising volatility: Choppy Market Tip #1:...
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Three Ways to Learn from Your Losers - Losses are going to happen when you are trading. It is unavoidable. Every single trader has experienced losses in one way or another. It’s almost impossible to learn how to trade without losing money. How you deal with losses can shape your progression as a trader and either help you learn or hinder your growth. Below I will outline a few things you need to think about when you take a trading loss and how you can turn something negative into a learning...
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Choosing the Broker That’s Best for You - The tools a trader is using are almost as important as their trading plan. To be set up for success you need to have the right toolset. This is why choosing a broker is so important. There are dozens of retail brokerage firms out there, all of them with competing offerings. Choosing the one that is right for you can be a difficult task. Below I will break down the main things you should be looking for in a broker and how to determine what will be th...
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Using the Options Market to Create Stock Targets - How do you develop your exit targets? Odds are you use some kind of technical analysis method or just pick levels that “sound good” for an exit. While using the charts to develop an exit plan is a totally valid approach there are better ways you can go about this. I have always used the options market to calculate what the expected move in stock is. I do this by using an options strategy called the at-the-money straddle. You can use this me...
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The Biggest Myths About Options - I trade options every single day because they are they best product for a retail trader to take advantage of. Options offer built in risk management dynamics and allow for you to use leverage to your advantage. Most people don’t understand just how big of a benefit this is. They think about options as a risky product that only professional traders should be using. This is a massive misconception. That’s why I want to break down the biggest myths about optio...
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