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Swing Trading

Swing trading is the concept of holding a stock from one day to up to two weeks typically. Average hold times can vary with swing trading but with our strategies it tends to be within 3 to 5 days on average for our swing trading. Swing trading can be used for forex, futures or stocks.

When is it time to close an Options trade?

Knowing when to close out of a trade can be challenging when the markets are constantly moving back and forth. Holding on to a trade too long or not long enough can lead to inconsistent returns. When buying long call or long put options the key to remember is you... Read moreread more

Is the market bottom in place?

Last updated on June 18th, 2020 After a big wave lower in stocks due to the initial reaction to the coronavirus spreading, markets have recovered off the lows in a big way. We saw stocks rally 25% over the last 2 weeks on hopes that the worst of the virus... Read moreread more

Best Moving Averages For Options Traders

Last updated on July 3rd, 2020 My preferred style of trading is swing trading using various options strategies. I consider a swing trade holding a position for a period of 2 days on out to 4 weeks. That is the sweet spot that I have identified when using many types... Read moreread more

Why We Don’t Like To Use Stop Orders When Trading Options

Last updated on July 3rd, 2020 I have heard all of these statements repeated during my nearly 20 years of trading options and markets in general: “Let your winners run, cut your losses quickly.” “Keep your losses small” “You have to use stop orders” Traders get so concerned with getting... Read moreread more

5 Market Internals To Watch

Last updated on July 2nd, 2020 The main work space that I look at throughout the day to get a feel for market strength or weakness is what I call my Market Internals work space. In this article, I am going to discuss that market internals I use on a... Read moreread more

Trade Triggers & The Importance Of How You Enter A Trade

Last updated on April 18th, 2020 A trading setup that forms as part of your trading strategy is in need of a trade trigger to get you active in the position. Having a way to trigger into a trade can stop you from letting your emotions dictate your positions. In... Read moreread more

How To Get The Best Price On An Options Order

Last updated on May 12th, 2020 The last few weeks as the coronavirus crisis has evolved, have produced some of the most volatile markets we have ever seen. 5% moves in the S&P 500 used to take days and are now taking a matter of a few hours. As a... Read moreread more

Options Trade Of The Week – VXX

Over the last 2 weeks we have seen global markets get crushed due to coronavirus. We are in the midst of a historic move lower in equities and move higher in the volatility products. Markets are pricing in extreme fear due to the spread of the coronavirus. To take advantage... Read moreread more

Navigating Coronavirus Volatility With Options

Last updated on May 12th, 2020 We just completed one of the most volatile weeks of trading that markets have ever seen due to he fear of the unknown due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19 ). Panic has completely gripped the financial markets.   VIX & Market Volatility... Read moreread more

Day Trading Indicators To Simplify Your Trading

Last updated on June 5th, 2020 Day trading indicators are a useful trading tool that should be used in conjunction with a well-rounded trading plan but are not and should not be the plan itself. In this trading article, I want to cover what I think are the best trading... Read moreread more

Options Call Spread Trade – Pinterest

Last updated on March 25th, 2020 We are finally starting to see market selling this week for the first time in a number of months. We have been talking about this move in our last few Options Trades Of the Week. With the selling starting to pickup, it will begin... Read moreread more

Options Trade Of The Week – NFLX

Last updated on November 4th, 2019 Are the big swings in this market this week causing doubt as to what trades you should be placing? I have heard from numerous traders just over the last few days that are frustrated with the big volatility that seems to come out of... Read moreread more

2 Ways To Use Trading Range Breakouts

Last updated on May 15th, 2020 The auction in any market is straightforward: There are two types of market participant- buyers and sellers The degree to which these buyers and sellers are motivated by current price or market behavior Yes, there are lots of nuances to complicate things but the... Read moreread more

5 Questions To Instantly Improve Your Options Trading

Last updated on April 18th, 2020 Do you ever get the feeling that markets are rigged against you? Does it always seem like the market makes the exact opposite move that you are looking for? Why does it seem like the market reverses the very moment you put a trade... Read moreread more

Options Trade Of The Week – NKE

Last updated on May 12th, 2020 We have finally seen the news cycle start to settle down this week. After seeing headlines dominate trading the last 4-5 weeks with news out of the China/US trade war, new stimulus announced from the Fed, and an announced Brexit deal we are finally... Read moreread more

Options Trade Of The Week 6/14/19 – EBAY

Last updated on May 12th, 2020 After selling a call spread on AMD in last week’s Options Trade Of The Week, we are going back to the well by selling another call spread this week. This time we will be doing so on EBAY. We have continued to see a... Read moreread more

The 1 Mistake That Is Causing Most Options Traders To Fail

Last updated on April 18th, 2020 I have seen a disturbing trend with many retail options traders over the last year that is holding many people back from experiencing the big growth in their accounts. The issue has to do with not using proper risk management in their trading. A... Read moreread more

DIA – Iron Condor Options Trade

Last updated on April 20th, 2020 “An iron what?” I distinctly remember that being my reaction over a dozen years ago when I first learned what an Iron Condor options trade was. Trading long calls and puts at that point were my only strategies that I used. However, my mentor... Read moreread more

Sugar Trade Breakdown From Start To Finish

Last updated on April 12th, 2020 There are many trading articles on this blog that can help you virtually build your own trading strategy from. From topics about moving averages and price action trading, to stop loss placements and trading journals, you can learn to trade the markets and make... Read moreread more

Options Trade Of The Week 6/21/19 – LYFT

Last updated on November 4th, 2019 The new IPO’s that we have seen over the last year have shown some amazing returns. Names like BYND, LYFT, and now SLACK have been extremely active since they have started trading which makes them ideal candidates for us to trade.   LYFT –... Read moreread more