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trading the market open

Trading The Market Open

By Ken Bailey / January 3, 2015

Every weekday I turn on my computers at about 8:30am and see what my watchlist is doing before the market opens. For a long time, I recorded what the market was doing about an hour before the open, at the open, at noon and at the close. I had hoped […]

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my broker says i'm losing money but i know i'm not

My Broker Says I’m Losing Money, But I Know I’m Not

By Ken Bailey / December 29, 2014

Trading can be a mental game, at least for me. I use to trade with very directional trades. I was delta positive when I believed the market would be bullish and delta negative when I believed the market was bearish. All of my trades were theta positive so they could […]

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a Slick Situation

A Slick Situation

By Ken Bailey / December 9, 2014

Many years ago when I was in college, my family was contacted by a major oil company. They asked if we would be willing to have an oil well placed in the middle of our property. We had 10 acres with nothing on it that we rarely visited. Each member […]

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Zen and the art of technical analysis part 3

Zen And The Art Of Technical Analysis Part 3

By Ken Bailey / November 14, 2014

I love the quote attributed to Jack Welch “As long as we are going on opinion I’ll use mine” or something like that. Trading options involves lots of opinions. I’ve already covered the fact that there are people that believe trading options is risky. And it is. However, I maintain […]

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Common Terms Used By Options Traders

Common Terms used by Options Traders

By Ken Bailey / July 11, 2014

Glossary of Terms I have been asked about a glossary of terms many times over the years. In doing some research I have not found a standard for terms used for options trading. I have had students discuss the meaning of some terms. It seems their opinions vary based on […]

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Zen and the Art of Technical Analysis part 2

Zen and the Art of Technical Analysis part 2

By Ken Bailey / June 20, 2014

In my last post, I wrote a little about my technical analysis journey. This post I’ll write about how I use technical analysis to trade options. First let me give you a bit of foundation on the way I trade. I no longer buy equities. I only use options. I […]

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Zen and the Art of Technical Analysis part 1

Zen and the Art of Technical Analysis part 1

By Ken Bailey / May 23, 2014

An acquaintance of mine recently spoke at the Pepperdine Lectureships. She spoke about how two people can think they are talking about the same subject but really they are not. They use the same words, but they have different meanings for those words. She went on to give an example […]

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It is a marathon not a sprint

By Ken Bailey / April 26, 2014

The Boston Marathon was in the news a lot recently. The technology involved in the race was amazing to me. I knew the name of one runner so I tracked them. It was amazing to watch the race online and track the runner I knew. One of the announcers had […]

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Are You Ready For 1Q Earnings?

By Ken Bailey / March 16, 2014

Are you ready for 1Q earnings? Each quarter publicly traded businesses post their earnings for the quarter. We are coming up on the end of first quarter of 2014. It has been a challenging quarter. The craziness in Ukraine caused some uncertainty. The colder than normal weather is being sighted […]

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In The Money (ITM) and Out Of The Money (OTM)

By Ken Bailey / March 13, 2014

Recently a member asked me to explain in-the-money (ITM) and out-of-the-money (OTM). I am a bit embarrassed to say that my first thought was how hard is that. Then I remembered that I struggled with it when I was a new member learning about options. There is a great deal […]

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