VIDEO: 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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VIDEO: 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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VIDEO: VTS Conservative VOL Strategy

  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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VIDEO: 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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VIDEO: 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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VIDEO: 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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VIDEO: 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 during...

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Option Trading 101: Part 6 – The Option Greeks

  This article was originally posted in January 2013 on my other website which is why the example is from so many years ago, but everything still applies today, so fellow math geeks enjoy!   Understanding "the Greeks" allows option traders to objectively calculate...

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Why losses are so costly to a fund

  In past articles and videos I've often stated that:  "Losses are more costly to a fund than gains are beneficial."  I recently had a member ask me exactly what that means.  Let me illustrate with a simple math problem: If you start with 10,000$ and make 50% on your...

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The Daily Email

As a subscriber, every day before 12:00 Eastern Time you will be getting a single email from me that includes all the current positions we hold as well as any new positions we will be getting into that day.  This means you'll have all the new daily trades before I take them myself, as it should be.  Full transparency, all trades posted live before taking them.  None of this, here's what we did after the fact nonsense that's so common these days...

 

  • If you're a subscriber to just the Volatility Strategies your email will have information for just those 3 strategies

The VTS Indicators

The VTS Indicators are an easy to understand method of conveying the trade signals in our daily email to subscribers.  The needle will point to one of the only three possible positions our trading strategies will ever take:

 

VTS Tactical Volatility Strategy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VTS Tactical Balanced Strategy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VTS Discretionary Strategy:

  • This is our freestyle strategy that will involve any number of different trade types depending on market conditions.  It's designed both as an investable strategy, as well as a teaching strategy where I will go into much more detail of each trade.
  • To learn more about the strategy, check out the video on the VTS Discretionary Strategy

 

VTS Conservative Vol  +  VTS Aggressive Vol

  • Both are volatility strategies designed for investors with different risk tolerance levels.
  • Both have a VTS indicator that looks very similar to the Tactical Volatility ones above.
  • Both will be included with every subscription level so you will always see all the volatility strategies in your daily email

 

 

 

 

 

This is NOT Day Trading

None of our trading strategies are very active, so most of the time you will just read the email and nothing else will be required of you that day.  It's extremely easy to follow our strategies.

 

  • The VTS Tactical Balanced Strategy averages 3.5 trade transactions per month.
  • The VTS Tactical Volatility Strategy averages 2.9 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Aggressive Vol Strategy averages 1.8 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Conservative Vol Strategy averages 2.5 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Discretionary Strategy averages about  4 trade transactions per month

Executing Trades

On those few days per month when trades are required, you will open your trading software and execute the trades.

 

  • Margin accounts are the easiest to work with, but cash accounts are also acceptable.  If you are using a margin account you can execute trades any time of day, but if you choose you can also use MOC "market on close" orders as well.  It's not required, but I personally do use MOC orders so that all my trades execute at the end of the day.
  • If you are trading in Cash accounts, just input your trades manually at any time throughout the day.  We're all very busy so honestly whenever is most convenient for you will work just fine.  The small differences in execution prices throughout the day should balance out over time.
  • IRA style tax sheltered accounts are allowed.  Our Tactical Balanced Strategy and our Volatility Strategies only trade long ETPs so all account structures are allowed.  However there may be some exceptions but we do have full troubleshooting and ETF replacements if you're having issues.  For our Discretionary Options Strategy please contact your broker.  Several of them allow option trading within tax sheltered accounts but there are some that don't so please contact them directly.
  • The VTS Discretionary Options Strategy does require a margin account with options trading authorization

The Daily Email

As a subscriber, every day before 12:00 Eastern Time you will be getting a single email from me that includes all the current positions we hold as well as any new positions we will be getting into that day.  This means you'll have all the new daily trades before I take them myself, as it should be.  Full transparency, all trades posted live before taking them.  None of this, here's what we did after the fact nonsense that's so common these days...

 

  • If you're a subscriber to just the Volatility Strategies your email will have information for just those 3 strategies

The VTS Indicators

The VTS Indicators are an easy to understand method of conveying the trade signals in our daily email to subscribers.  The needle will point to one of the only three possible positions our trading strategies will ever take:

 

VTS Tactical Volatility Strategy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VTS Tactical Balanced Strategy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VTS Discretionary Strategy:

  • This is our freestyle strategy that will involve any number of different trade types depending on market conditions.  It's designed both as an investable strategy, as well as a teaching strategy where I will go into much more detail of each trade.
  • To learn more about the strategy, check out the video on the VTS Discretionary Strategy

 

VTS Conservative Vol  +  VTS Aggressive Vol

  • Both are volatility strategies designed for investors with different risk tolerance levels.
  • Both have a VTS indicator that looks very similar to the Tactical Volatility ones above.
  • Both will be included with every subscription level so you will always see all the volatility strategies in your daily email

 

 

 

 

 

This is NOT Day Trading

None of our trading strategies are very active, so most of the time you will just read the email and nothing else will be required of you that day.  It's extremely easy to follow our strategies.

 

  • The VTS Tactical Balanced Strategy averages 3.5 trade transactions per month.
  • The VTS Tactical Volatility Strategy averages 2.9 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Aggressive Vol Strategy averages 1.8 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Conservative Vol Strategy averages 2.5 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Discretionary Strategy averages about  4 trade transactions per month

Executing Trades

On those few days per month when trades are required, you will open your trading software and execute the trades.

 

  • Margin accounts are the easiest to work with, but cash accounts are also acceptable.  If you are using a margin account you can execute trades any time of day, but if you choose you can also use MOC "market on close" orders as well.  It's not required, but I personally do use MOC orders so that all my trades execute at the end of the day.
  • If you are trading in Cash accounts, just input your trades manually at any time throughout the day.  We're all very busy so honestly whenever is most convenient for you will work just fine.  The small differences in execution prices throughout the day should balance out over time.
  • IRA style tax sheltered accounts are allowed.  Our Tactical Balanced Strategy and our Volatility Strategies only trade long ETPs so all account structures are allowed.  However there may be some exceptions but we do have full troubleshooting and ETF replacements if you're having issues.  For our Discretionary Options Strategy please contact your broker.  Several of them allow option trading within tax sheltered accounts but there are some that don't so please contact them directly.
  • The VTS Discretionary Options Strategy does require a margin account with options trading authorization

The Daily Email

As a subscriber, every day before 12:00 Eastern Time you will be getting a single email from me that includes all the current positions we hold as well as any new positions we will be getting into that day.  This means you'll have all the new daily trades before I take them myself, as it should be.  Full transparency, all trades posted live before taking them.  None of this, here's what we did after the fact nonsense that's so common these days...

 

  • If you're a subscriber to just the Volatility Strategies your email will have information for just those 3 strategies

The VTS Indicators

The VTS Indicators are an easy to understand method of conveying the trade signals in our daily email to subscribers.  The needle will point to one of the only three possible positions our trading strategies will ever take:

 

VTS Tactical Volatility Strategy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VTS Tactical Balanced Strategy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VTS Discretionary Strategy:

  • This is our freestyle strategy that will involve any number of different trade types depending on market conditions.  It's designed both as an investable strategy, as well as a teaching strategy where I will go into much more detail of each trade.
  • To learn more about the strategy, check out the video on the VTS Discretionary Strategy

 

VTS Conservative Vol  +  VTS Aggressive Vol

  • Both are volatility strategies designed for investors with different risk tolerance levels.
  • Both have a VTS indicator that looks very similar to the Tactical Volatility ones above.
  • Both will be included with every subscription level so you will always see all the volatility strategies in your daily email

 

 

 

 

 

This is NOT Day Trading

None of our trading strategies are very active, so most of the time you will just read the email and nothing else will be required of you that day.  It's extremely easy to follow our strategies.

 

  • The VTS Tactical Balanced Strategy averages 3.5 trade transactions per month.
  • The VTS Tactical Volatility Strategy averages 2.9 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Aggressive Vol Strategy averages 1.8 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Conservative Vol Strategy averages 2.5 trade transactions per month
  • The VTS Discretionary Strategy averages about  4 trade transactions per month

Executing Trades

On those few days per month when trades are required, you will open your trading software and execute the trades.

 

  • Margin accounts are the easiest to work with, but cash accounts are also acceptable.  If you are using a margin account you can execute trades any time of day, but if you choose you can also use MOC "market on close" orders as well.  It's not required, but I personally do use MOC orders so that all my trades execute at the end of the day.
  • If you are trading in Cash accounts, just input your trades manually at any time throughout the day.  We're all very busy so honestly whenever is most convenient for you will work just fine.  The small differences in execution prices throughout the day should balance out over time.
  • IRA style tax sheltered accounts are allowed.  Our Tactical Balanced Strategy and our Volatility Strategies only trade long ETPs so all account structures are allowed.  However there may be some exceptions but we do have full troubleshooting and ETF replacements if you're having issues.  For our Discretionary Options Strategy please contact your broker.  Several of them allow option trading within tax sheltered accounts but there are some that don't so please contact them directly.
  • The VTS Discretionary Options Strategy does require a margin account with options trading authorization

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