Volatility Trading and using Stop-Losses

  Anybody who's followed the daily performance of these volatility ETPs will very quickly realize they do occasionally suffer significant losses.  Our Conservative Vol strategy that invests with the ZIV and VXZ less so, but for both the Tactical Volatility strategy as...

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Investing in Overvalued Markets

  With every month / year we push forward in this now 2nd longest bull market in history, it becomes increasingly more difficult for investors to make rational decisions. In the early stages of bull markets it's easy to be aggressive and buy, and at that point most...

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VTS Aggressive Vol Strategy

  The VTS Aggressive Vol Strategy is designed as an optional replacement to our main VTS Tactical Volatility Strategy, for those investors out there with higher risk tolerance and who is looking for a volatility strategy that is more active. Please enjoy the video...

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VXX Trading – When will we buy the VXX?

  One of the most common questions I get asked, and it's frequency is just going exponential lately with this extreme low volatility environment were in, is when are we going to get into the VXX? Remember the VXX is the long volatility portion of our VTS Tactical...

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Low Volatility Option Trades 2 – Put Calendars

If you missed Part 1 of this series on Low Volatility Option Trading, you can CLICK HERE to view it.  In that video we discussed: Long Puts   /   Long Iron Condors   /   Long Straddles. In Part 2 of the series we will review how those trades went over the past 9 days,...

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VTS Questionnaire Discussion Video

  VTS community, Thank you so much for participating in the questionnaire I sent out last Friday.  So many great responses and the information I gathered will definitely help me going forward in continuing to provide the service you're looking for. Of course trade...

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Low Volatility Option Trading Ideas

I've talked a lot this year about the dangers of shorting volatility during low volatility periods.  It just ends up being a low probability trade and this is true both for option trading and buying the inverse volatility products.  Now remember probability has...

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Investment Performance Benchmarks

  Hey everyone, Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I’ve uploaded another video today and it’s a topic that I don’t think gets nearly enough attention.  It’s sad to say but the truth is good performance isn’t a necessary requirement for being a well paid fund...

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Why invest in volatility products?

Investing in volatility products only makes up 1/4 of our Total Portfolio Solution, but that doesn't imply that it's less important.  I definitely feel like a healthy allocation to conservative volatility investing is going to be a great addition to any investors long...

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Can volatility products be safer than stocks?

  Most investors have a significant portion of their investment fund allocated to equities, and during bull markets there's nothing wrong with this strategy.  However in bear markets the stock market can see very significant declines. Investing in volatility products...

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Q&A Episode #7 – What is the Average VIX?

  Given the incredibly low volatility this year and several VIX readings in the top 10 lowest of all time, we have a timely question here from someone in our community. What is the Average VIX price?  And what does it mean? Remember if you have questions of your own...

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Top 3 Mistakes Option Traders Make

  Given the headwinds facing the global economy in the coming years, coupled with the combination of record highs in the equity markets and historically low interest rates, I'm not exaggerating when I say we may be facing a real retirement crisis.  Traditional...

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3 Behavioral Biases Affecting Investors

  Whenever people do an analysis or make judgements on anything, whether that be opinions on social issues, our jobs, government policies, central bank actions, stock market prices, or any number of other things, we filter these things through a database of our own...

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VTS Conservative VOL Strategy Explanation

  With volatility trading exploding in popularity recently, many traders out there are jumping in with both feet, perhaps not realizing how difficult it actually is to make a consistent rate of return in the long run.  It's been over a year since there was any market...

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Introducing Auto Trading

  Most of you value the fact that we really scrutinize the markets and only take the highest conviction trades.  It definitely smoothes out results and improves performance in the long-run, but as a nice side benefit it also makes our strategies very easy to follow...

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Is the S&P 500 a good Benchmark?

  All investment strategies and funds are compared to a benchmark, but the question is what benchmark should be used? Typically you try to stay within the same asset class, so if you're trading bonds you'd use a total bond index as your benchmark.  If you're trading...

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The Ulcer Performance Index Explained

  The Sharpe Ratio is one of the most well known risk adjusted return metrics and it is quite good, but in my opinion the Ulcer Performance Index is even better because it only takes into account drawdowns and negative returns which of course are the ones we are...

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