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Trading Options, The Common Mistakes

Posted by Michael McNelis on Oct 31, 2016 9:47:04 AM

Common Mistakes When Trading Options

Hi, my name is Michael McNelis and I am an Options Strategist with Key2Options. I want to share some of the common mistakes I see options traders make so that you can accelerate your learning curve and become a profitable trader.

As with most endeavors, we learn things by making mistakes. Options trading is no different. Let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes I see in options trading and how you can avoid them.

  1. Not having a plan
  2. Buying options with too short of a duration.
  3. No understanding of implied volatility
  4. Failing to Diversify Strategies

Not having a plan - One of the Mantras at Key2Options is plan the trade and trade the plan. Prior to entering a trade, we review 10 years of historical trades to find optimal trading parameters for the strategy you have chosen. Prior to entering into a trade, we know how we will manage the trade if the market moves higher, moves lower or stays the same level. With Key2Options, we help you make rational trades not emotional trades.

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Commission Free Trading

Posted by Michael McNelis on Sep 26, 2016 12:26:40 PM

Commission Free Trading with Key2Options and Tradier Brokerage

Huge leaps in computing power are transforming modern finance in ways that few have ever imagined.  Key2Options is an institutional grade software program designed to allow both retail and professional traders the ability to backtest trading strategies using historical stock and options data without having any knowledge of computer programming.

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Volatility and Directional Trading Strategies

Posted by Michael McNelis on Aug 10, 2016 4:36:57 PM

What type of Options Trader are you?

In options trading there are two types of traders: Directional traders and Volatility traders.

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Hedging Portfolio with VIX Options Backtesting

Posted by Michael McNelis on Aug 5, 2016 4:33:22 PM

Hedging Your Portfolio

With the markets at frothy nosebleed levels, we have been asked about how to hedge your portfolio in the event of a market correction. Long term investors may have tax consequences to consider so they look to hedge their positions with options. Investors who believe there could be a correction or Black Swan event in the coming future may design a hedge with options to reduce the effect of an event.

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Using Quant Modeling to Trade for a Black Swan Event

Posted by Michael McNelis on Aug 1, 2016 4:26:45 PM

Black Swan Event

Dear Traders,

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Buy and Sell Put Options and Call Options

Posted by Michael McNelis on Jul 5, 2016 4:49:52 PM

The Fireworks are just getting started in the Stock Markets

I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Topics: Articles

State Modeling™ Helps Predict When to Sell Stocks

Posted by Michael McNelis on May 15, 2016 4:45:30 PM

Sell in May and go away?

There is an axiom in the market that suggest you should sell stocks in May and not get back into the market until November.

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Topics: Articles

From creating a personalized quantitative model for advanced traders to providing “built-in” strategies for beginners and intermediates, Delphian proves to be beneficial for everyone.  Using dashboards and wizards, Delphian provides traders unbiased assessments during highs or lows, giving investment advice based on facts rather than emotions. The program can be used to increase alpha by utilizing buy & sell signals (generated by using predictive analysis), with prices and time targets identified at the trade entry point. Price targets reflect volatility in the market and use self-learning machine learning models. Currently, coverage includes stocks and options in US markets beginning from Jan 2007.

 Significant benefits include:

  • ENHANCED COLLABORATION - By sharing quantitative and qualitative analysis between parties, Delphian forms a structured and disciplined approach towards research models.
  • REDUCE LABOR COSTS & EFFICIENCY RATIO - Delphian enables faster analysis and helps to vet ideas with low cost. Delphian helps reduce the learning curve for newer analysts, resulting in higher productivity.
  • CONNECT QUANT MODEL TO OPTIONS TRADING - When working quant models for equities connected to Delphian, the program helps leverage option strategies for the same position.
  • IMPROVE TRADING STRATEGY DESIGN EFFICIENCY & INCREASE/ IMPROVE ALPHA - Delphian helps induce efficient options strategies to funds and improves the alpha due to leverage.
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