Know Your Risks When Trading Options

Options are a leveraged instrument, and if you’re not careful, it’s easy to find yourself exposed to more risk than what you’re comfortable with. A subscriber to All Star Options pinged me this week with some questions and I thought our discussion might be fruitful to everyone… Subscriber: The idea of keeping a good risk […]

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Reader Mailbag: Will I Make It as a Trader?

I received this email from a reader this weekend: Reading that post of your friend, my question is: I am a small trader — really small. I have tried Options rooms before but to no success. They either have you buying so many options of companies you’re bound to win some I guess. I really […]

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Introducing: All Star Options!

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Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sean McLaughlin and I’ve been involved in financial markets as a Trader, Exchange Member, blogger, in building social communities, in podcasting, in training, and in sales for 20 years. Some of you may already know me or have engaged with me on Twitter, Medium, or StockTwits […]

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Profit from Nasdaq’s “Digestion of Gains”

Just because a stock or an index is choppy and moving sideways doesn’t mean we can’t participate in some profits. There’s opportunity in every situation, especially with options. In a recent research note sent out to his subscribers, my boy J.C. Parets (@allstarcharts) wrote this about the Nasdaq: In the Nasdaq Composite, we’re stuck under this overhead […]

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Why Options?

I started trading stocks in 1998 during the great “internet bubble.” 4 years later, I got interested in trading futures, and 3 years after that I started trading options which I’ve been doing primarily ever since. I’m often asked why I trade options these days? And it’s usually obvious the asker is thinking that I’ve […]

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Positioning for Tremendous Upside Opportunity

[originally published on medium] I’ve been reviewing my journal entries so far this year since I made a strategic decision to shift my options trading in 2018 from short premium & short volatility to long premium & long gamma, and I thought this recent journal entry from January 9th delving into my thought process might be instructional to others […]

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