HOLLY Hot List Update: A Story of Rotation

It's no secret that even as the S&P 500 was printing new all-time highs last week, many leading stocks had already begun retracements from their highs. In no place has that been clearer than in our HOLLY Hot List where we've shed 16 names since early September -- the most...

Why A.I.?

At Trade Ideas, we've been honored over the years to win several awards for our innovative approach to actionable market analytics for active stock traders, and we've been increasingly recognized for achievements in delivering Artificial Intelligence to retail and professional market participants. Of course, to make sure we are given...

[Podcast] Don Hensley: Be UNcommon

The Paradox of Successful Trading™ (a phrase I coined) describes the frustrating truth that there are only a handful of ways that most traders lose, while there is a seemingly infinite amount of ways to succeed... yet so many fail. Why? Don Hensley from Speedtrader posits that the issue is...

Calendar Spreads Offer Three Ways to Win in this Current Environment

Sticking with a theme we’ve been discussing with All Star Options subscribers for the past month or so, we expect to continue keeping things simple around here until the market tells us it’s time to change. One way we’ve been keeping things simple is to be buyers of straight long call...

Dear America, Let’s Chat About Housing Prices.

I would like to buy my family a house. I've never owned a house. We currently live near the Denver, Colorado metro area and starter homes that don't need major updates or renovations, don't have postage stamp sized back yards, are located in nice, safe neighborhoods and school districts, and...

#FinTwit: Making Twitter (or any social media) Work For You

I'm often asked: "how do I build a name for myself on [insert social media platform of choice]." Presumably the questioner views me as an expert. I don't feel like one. But social media unquestionably has been good to me, my career, and my friendships, so I guess my opinion...

Sept 5: HOLLY Hot List Update For Swing Traders

SMACK! Summer is over. Let's get back to trading reality. Happy Autumn! Interestingly, I'm starting to notice some smart people talking about some bearish signs that are beginning to appear. This type of commentary often returns with Traders coming back from summer vacation, and I expect this September to be...

[Podcast] Jason Leavitt: Relax. You don’t have to learn EVERYthing

Strip the complexity down to its most simple parts. That's where the real hard work begins. Meet Jason Leavitt, a trader for nearly 20 years who brings a calm demeanor and an athlete's dogged persistence to bear as he tackles the markets daily, both from his home in Colorado and...

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence For Swing Trading Outperformance

Much has been written and celebrated in the press about the combination of Man + Machine to outperform the markets. And no software application has done it better than HOLLY, the artificially intelligent virtual trading assistant designed by the team at Trade Ideas, LLC and launched for public access in...

Options Volatility Says Keep it Simple Here

Stocks are still near all-time highs, volatilities are once again compressed, earnings season is behind us, and some bullish runs in individual names are looking extended. Coming out of Labor Day Weekend, the game plan should be to keep it simple until things change. I'm often asked how I choose...

HOLLY Hot List Update for Swing Traders

We're coming into the end of August, Labor Day Weekend, and the unofficial end to Summer and "Summer Trading". I don't know about you, but this summer's trading didn't at all feel dull to me. I suppose if you are a Bear you've had a tough go of it, but...

Stop Losses on Options Prices Have No Place in Responsible Risk Management

In options trading, risk management starts with defined risk and ends with position sizing. “Stop Losses” — if used at all — center around price action of the underlying and give zero weight to the value of the option(s) itself. As an options trader, nothing makes me cringe more than...