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Options Trading – a Beginners Journal
Learn how to make money trading Options – Options Trading for Beginners – Best Vertical Spread Strategies – Selling Vertical Spreads as a home business
Is income from Options Trading Vertical Spreads fact or fantasy? My sense and research suggest the answer should be – “Fact.” But there is a LOT OF PAIN one must go through to get there. This blog is my trek to find that answer. And this blog will be my weekly journal in trading Vertical Spreads Options to get beyond the fantasy. I invite you to walk it with me…
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Below are my weekly/monthly (as of 02/01/2022) Journal Posts as I teach myself how to make money selling (trading) Vertical Spread options weekly…
I still have the goal of a monthly income, I still believe I can do so with Vertical Credit Spreads, and I still desire to be nerdy about it all. So here are my new Exit Rules for Yearly Vertical Bull Put Credit Spreads.
This month’s Trading Journal will review a new chartable index – tracking the number of S&P 500 companies trading above their 200-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA). I charted the S&P over the past 20 years and annotated some of the most egregious Feds machinations.
This month, I want to revisit my Vertical Bull Put Credit Spreads’ Exit Strategy – particularly when to exit a winning position. I want to take my painful experience of last year and craft a new strategy a bit more workable.
Budget for Vertical Options Spreads – With a little prestidigitation, this month’s journal entry intends to redefine my goals, mission statement, and budget for 2023. I also have new Entry/Exit rules – Zimzalabim!
Economically, we are a Socialistically Regulated Capitalistic Economy – and we have been since the 1800s. And every two years, the legal voters of this country can trim how far the social-economic pendulum swings. This November, I expect the pendulum to swing red.
Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em – and never count your money before the trade is done. I need to read the room and focus on a market condition that will have the best chance of winning. I should only hold (open) Vertical Bull Put Credit Spreads when the cards on…
At what point do I need to sell an ITM Spread early for a loss or just let the Option be assigned? This month’s Trade Journal will revisit the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Options Assignments and what role they should play in my Vertical Spread strategy.
9 THOUGHTS ON “Options Trading – a Beginners Journal”
I had just booked substantial losses both last year and the beginning of this year selling cash secured puts on stocks that crashed in value and while reading lee lowell’s “get rich with options” book I stumbled on your blog. Your honest no-holds-barred entries are really a great teacher!
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Thank you for this compliment! It means a lot!
I am just getting started in Options. I am looking for passive income and have taken courses with tasty trade. Do you have any recommendation as to which articles I should read for your entry and exit strategy and how can I learn how to use think of swim as I am getting started.
Greetings Anonymous. Thanks for your message.
Courses with Tasty Trade are super important, but they primarily cover the mechanics of Options Trading using their platform (I took all the online courses that Ameritrade offered). But those courses I took did not cover the Markets’ ethos or the Traders’ psychology (newbs like me). And the true make-or-break secret of making an income from short-term trading is more about what influences the market than the market itself.
Trading short-term Options Spreads has a big learning curve. If you want to compress that curve, my blog started four years ago, and I ask the very same question you did. Starting from my Opening Salvo (https://optionstradesbydamocles.com/2019/06/07/opening-salvo/), I documented my revelations weekly as I worked through developing strategies and explaining every bonehead stunt. I gave myself advice on what I should or should not do.
I still consider myself a Junior Trader, for I have much more to learn. And my blog is just a personal trading journal, but the post I value most are:
• https://optionstradesbydamocles.com/2021/09/03/how-to-make-loss-resistant-vertical-spreads-pt-1/ (five post series)
• https://optionstradesbydamocles.com/2021/05/21/custom-options-watchlist-using-thinkorswim-in-excel-pt-1/ (and PT 2)
Every post I did has some varying application of using Thinkorswim.
I wish you luck on your journey. And my most valuable advice I can give is – make it fun.
I am brand new to options and your blog. Congrats on your 2021 ROI -your considerable premiums are a testament to your diligence and hard work! I found you as I search for a viable journaling solution for my trades.
I found your great article: https://optionstradesbydamocles.com/2021/05/21/custom-options-watchlist-using-thinkorswim-in-excel-pt-1/
Are you still using this system? I was wondering if I could get your ideas on journaling and my journey? Thanks,
Thank you for your kind words!
I use my custom Watchlist every day. I use it to stage up possible trades for the week, monitor my staged Spreads to see which ones are moving in the right direction and monitor the performance of my open Spreads.
My three posts:
These three posts are my cut-and-paste documentation to recreate my Watchlist from scratch should I ever lose them. Using this as a guide, you can create your own Watchlist tailored to your needs.
I appreciate your content. As a newbie to trading and options I’m trying to soak it all up.
Do you happen to have information on setting up conditional orders for vertical spreads? I’m trying to play it safe and not “blow up” my account. I enjoy learning about options and it seems as if verticals are the safer bet. I work 9-5 and can never watch the market in action so as I analyze charts in the off hours and see a set up unfolding I want to place orders to get in if X happens. I’ve tried this 2ce now and it has not worked as anticipated. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks.
Greetings, thank you for your message and for reading my blog.
I have a 3-part post called “TRADING SPREADS WITH STOP LOSS.” Part 3 goes through ThinkorSwim screenshots for setting up Conditional Order for Vertical Spreads.
My advice is to be careful using conditional orders. I lost more winning trades due to the “gap down” market phenomenon. As a newb myself, my blog has a lot of information on crafting “loss resistant” spreads.
Superb blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any suggestions? Thanks!