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16

Aug

iMac 27 Defect

MY DEFECTIVE iMAC 27″ Although not exactly related to options trading, I wish to tell the world my story of the first Apple computer I ever bought – the iMac 27″, a late 2009 model.  In short, it was a lemon, and Apple refused to fix it, so I lost about $2,500 as soon as […]

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09

Jul

Portfolio Margin Trading

Portfolio Margin Trading Customer Portfolio Margin (CPM) options trading can be fantastic if you really know what you are doing.  When it’s used correctly, one can see incredible returns like 30% to 50% in a year.  When it’s not fully understood, it can be disastrous.  Before we get into the details, let’s first discuss the […]

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15

Feb

POP Trading Methodology

POP (Probability of Profit) Trading Methodology With Popular Strategies Condors, Strangles, Credit Spreads, Calendars, Butterflies, Diagonals, Covered Calls, Ratios, Naked Calls and Puts, Etc. Trading on POP (probability of profit), although very popular, is not the most effective way to trade.  In fact, statistics indicate it’s the number 1 reason that most options traders lose money […]

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21

Feb

Backtesting Options Strategies

Backtesting Options Strategies For Portfolio Margin In this article we backtest our trading method and short strangles to illustrate the importance of trade design, money management and long-term performance studies.  These backtests are done using portfolio margin simulated accounts and are based on the TIMS margin method. Multiple Short Strangle Backtests (Marketed by popular financial […]

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23

Dec

Call Credit Spread Back Test

Call Credit Spread Back Test An option trader asked us to perform a back test on ITM Call Credit spread, so we did him a favor and ran a test from 2005 to 2015.  This test was to see if this delta configuration would work without any stop losses, while testing various amounts of capital […]

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18

Dec

Tasty Trade IVR Credit Spread Back Test

Credit Spreads With 50+ IV Rank… Do They Really Work? Tasty Trade Teaches that 50+ IVR Credit Spreads Consistently Produce Winning Trades The bull put credit spread is a very common options strategy, but is it really profitable when you just put it on based on POP calculations and do not apply any risk management? Some gurus […]

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10

Dec

SPX Bull Put Spreads Taught by Tasty Trade

Tasty Trade SPX Credit Spread Trading System: A Closer Look An option trader asked us to back test a credit-spread system by Tasty Trade, where they claimed the trading system outperformed the best mutual fund from mid 2010 to mid 2015 by over 100%.  Tom Sosnoff states that mutual funds are “garbage” in his presentation. The SPX Weekly bull-put credit […]

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26

Aug

Tasty Trade Performance

Tasty Trade Performance After performing an online search we could not find any statistics on the performance of Tasty Trade’s trade picks.  We’d like to hear from Tasty Trade followers. How did you do over the global market turmoil during August of 2015?  Did the TT philosophy of closing your winners and letting your losers […]

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24

Aug

Market Plummets Volatility Soars

MARKET PLUMMETS, VOLATILITY SOARS Popular options strategies are crushed. Weekly credits lose 68%, calendars lose 52%. SPX BEGINS TO FREE-FALL (8/17/15 – 8/21/15) Popular Strategies Sustain Huge Losses During Global Blood Bath We’ve seen it happen over and over again for decades, but more often than not, option traders choose high probability trades without considering […]

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12

Aug

A Full Time Options Trader

FROM MIKE, A FULL TIME OPTIONS TRADER To the visitors of SJ Options, My name is Mike, and I am a full time trader. I day trade the markets, and play options for passive income. It was a long journey to become successful in trading, and needless to say, I have spent a lot of […]

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