The Hunter Becomes the Risk Manager

All we can ask for as Traders is to have the best weapons at our disposal in order to tackle the markets. And these weapons become worth their weight in gold if they help identify trades with significant edge while minimizing or fully eliminating the chance for human error to...

Managing Vertical Spreads

So far in the early stages of this market correction (dare I say Bear Market? Too Soon?), I’ve been aggressively deploying Bear Call Spreads to attack bearish trading opportunities. Bear Call Spreads are a version of a vertical spread that consist of a short call at or slightly out-of-the-money and...

There’s a Revolution Coming For Retail Brokerage

...and it's not about the cheapest commissions, the slickest mobile experience, or the coolest ads during the Super Bowl. Nope. It's about giving the customer what the customer wants. And what do customers want? Well, before I answer that question, let us do a very brief review of recent history...

Gratitude (good) and Perfection (bad)

Happy Thanksgiving! During our family’s feast this year I’ll be reflecting on my gratitude to each and every one of our subscribers, and to my team here at All Star Charts. I could not ask for a more engaged audience and a more top-notch group of analysts to work with....

Be Aggressive When Taking Profits

Until stock markets sound the “all clear” signal and we can get back to our regularly scheduled bull market, we have to operate with a different set of rules in order to protect our capital — both money and mind. Corrective or Bear Markets require a different set of tools....

[Podcast] Options Affords Us Maximum Flexibility in Rapidly Changing Markets

Notice anything different the last couple weeks? Unless you’ve been on an African safari during the entire month of October, you’ve probably noticed the dramatic shift in market tone. What has been working for the majority of the year has stopped working. The low-volatility, bullish setups playbook has been rendered...

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...