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208: The Importance of Deep Work for Traders
Show notes: https://optionalpha.com/show208
The decades long evolution and growth in easily accessible brokerage platforms have created a self-reinforcing cycle of low attention span investors that are also now pulling even the deepest and most steadfast investors down the rabbit hole. Plus, the rise and popularity of meme stock investing certainly has pulled investor attention spans away from traditional analysis and reprogramed us constantly look for the next big move. On today's show we'll explore why the speed and magnitude of stock movements causes us to fall victim to classic investor biases precisely when we need to elevate ourselves above the noise and argue that “deep work” is more important than ever for traders.
207: The Option Alpha "Handbook"
Show notes: https://optionalpha.com/show207
Earlier this year we officially rolled out a massive free resource for traders with our launch of The Option Alpha Handbook. No more wasting time searching endlessly across dozens of unreliable sources cluttered with ads to get answers to all your burning questions about strategies, markets, options, and so much more. We built this just for you and our goal is to make it the ultimate reference guide for traders seeking clear, non-subjective answers to thousands of investing questions. Consider this your new "go-to" digital encyclopedia for everything trading you've been looking for but never found until now.
206: Trendy Short Put Spread [Bot Talk]
Show notes: https://optionalpha.com/show206
On this week's episode, I wanted to try something new and explore just a single bot template in detail together - a full and complete deep dive into the origin, strategy, automations, and decisions for one bot template. For this maiden voyage I chose the Trendy Short Put Spread bot which I believe is a great starting point for the potential series of "Bot Talks" in the future. Inside the show, we'll talk about everything from the backtesting we did leading up to outlining the automations to the tweaks and modifications we've made along the way as we've watched it perform through multiple expiration periods.
205: Hedging vs. Diversifying
Show notes: https://optionalpha.com/show205
Often the terms hedging and diversifying are used interchangeably by traders. You might hear someone say, "You need to hedge your positions..." or, "You need to diversify your portfolio..." and in either case we understand the overarching goal as broadly the same objective; reduce risk inside a portfolio. However, the means by which you might accomplish this and the manner in which you get there via either hedging or diversifying, or a combination of both, are very different and require a better understanding of each. This week on the podcast we'll unpack these two juggernaut concepts.
204: How to Intelligently Use SmartStops
Show notes: https://optionalpha.com/show204
Ever wish you could intelligently use automated technology that tracked and or trailed option trades for specific exit criteria without having to watch, edit, and replace orders day after day? Not some boring, outdated Good-Til-Cancelled order or generic, static Stop-Loss order either. Well our team granted this #1 wish from our beta users months ago and in week's show we're going to walk though one of the coolest new features developed for traders in a long time. We call it SmartStops.
203: Interview w/ Pete Mulmat - Futures And The Small Exchange
Show notes: https://optionalpha.com/show203
Futures trading is on the rise and continues to grow in popularity. The trouble has been however that for most traders getting started in futures they find it overly complex and hard to manage. Though more capital-efficient than stocks, futures contracts come with a slew of complex sizes and specifications that turn many traders away from them. Thankfully this week's guest is on a mission to help make futures markets more accessible with small, standard, and simple futures contracts.
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