Kirk Du Plessis 11 Comments. Facts are facts right? The truth is that most people who trade options fail miserably and lose money each year. For traders like this, learning to trade options and analyze the markets can be a disastrous attempt at first. What a classic story that is told over and over. Options trading is like running a marathon.
There is no short cut and no easy way to make money or else everyone would be doing it, right? This is where a lot of beginners quite frankly fail. In order for beginners to become consistent in options trading , a robust and objective trading system should be created so that all you need to do is follow your own rules and make very limited emotional decisions.
With a proven system and framework for trading like a business and not a hobby I can teach any person to trade options successfully. I always use the mechanic example when coaching students each week.
It goes a little something like this…. My father was a mechanic for Nissan for many years, so he knows specifically how to tear down a car and rebuild it from the ground up. I do not know how to do this and would fail miserably if I tried. As with anything, people who are wildly successful trading options continue to learn and grow each and every month.
Here at Option Alpha we "walk the walk" and "talk the talk" when it comes to options trading on a serious, professional level. In this new module you'll find an insane resource of live, real-money, real-time options trading examples.
We recorded our screen in real-time so you can watch over our shoulder as we scan for, enter, adjust and exit options trades. Every great athlete knows the immense value of having a coach. The same applies in options trading. Yes, you might do reasonably well on your own. However, if you want to avoid pointless mistakes and advance faster while getting higher returns, you certainly need a coach. Such a coach would have to be an experienced trader with proven expertise. Most of all, if you want to move to the highest levels, you might need not just one but a whole bunch of coaches.
Just look at the great investors of our time; they have teams of highly qualified professionals guiding every aspect of their portfolios. This is particularly valuable since no single person possesses every skill and insight in this world. You might easily overlook new opportunities that arise outside your initial plans. Alternatively, you might not be aware of external threats that may affect your plans. Additionally, always have an eye out for what other option traders are doing.
Although you should remain focused on your specific plans, finding out about others can help you tweak a few things here and there. Not understanding the underlying concept of risk and reward will ultimately lead to disaster. Some who experience major financial losses early on in their trading careers might end up fearing risk. This makes them less open to legitimately good opportunities.
Instead, they hold on to options with minimal returns just because they are less risky to trade. On the other hand, some traders focus too much on rewards and end up giving little concern to risk. It may actually go well for some time but the good run is bound to come to an end at some point. Understanding the concepts of risks and rewards will save you from the downfall of pushing your position until you lose. Thinking only of the 80K reward would only make you blind to the risk involved in getting there.
As you very well know at least you should , every reward has some risks attached to it. And often, higher rewards have higher risks. Feel free to share in the comments how you deal with them. Kirk founded Option Alpha in early and currently serves as the Head Trader.
Kirk currently lives in Pennsylvania USA with his beautiful wife and two daughters. I'm sure today's wild market ride has tested some emotions out there? Mine included some some crude oil trades are that are tying up way too much margin. Gotcha — I think there are many things that we could cover but the key for me is that you are committed long-term. For example, if you opened a new business store, consulting practice, etc.
An entrepreneur is some who starts businesses and a options trader is someone who buys and sells option contacts. I kept coming across the idea through books to treat trading like a business. Free Video Training Courses. Daily Options Trading Alerts.More...