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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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How to trade the VTS Iron Condor Strategy

  I love option trading. In my opinion if people avoid the most common mistake which is being too speculative and chase big gains, if traders avoid that then option trading can be as safe and profitable as any category of investing I know of.  We can profit...

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Member Question #6 – Portfolio Rebalancing

  Portfolio rebalancing is a common aspect of long-term investing and one that you've likely heard discussed before.  However due to the fact that we don't fall into the "buy and hold" trap of Modern Portfolio Theory and instead we trade tactically, it...

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Member Question #5 – Buy stocks now? Or Wait?

  With markets continuing upward and making new all time highs, sometimes it's hard to know whether to jump in with the trade signals now or whether it's just better to wait for a pullback or correction and get back in at a later date. The simplest answer I can...

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