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The psychology of trading

By Ken Bailey / June 3, 2013

There are many articles and books written on the psychology of trading. There are even counselors that specialize in helping traders improve their trading. They only address the psychology of trading, not how to pick better trades and exits. I guess that can work but I’d rather trade the way […]

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Make more money by doing your own homework

By Ken Bailey / May 3, 2013

I have two B.S degrees in two very different disciplines. I graduated with two very different GPA’s. The higher GPA is in a discipline that many consider harder. My ability to learn didn’t change between the two degrees but my knowledge of how to learn and my motivation was considerably […]

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The quest for the Holy Grail

By Ken Bailey / April 5, 2013

As an options trader with a pretty good imagination I continually look for the trade that can’t lose money. Based on emails I get and conversations I have, I’m not the only one. For many, the Holy Grail starts out as naked puts on high dollar equities like ISRG, AAPL, […]

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Why I trade options

By Ken Bailey / February 5, 2013

Way back in 2005 I knew I needed to find a new way to make a living.  The job I had was going to be out sourced.  I knew this because I was asked to do it twice.  I didn’t succeed the first time because nobody could do it cheaper […]

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Direction – Technical & Sentimental Analysis

By Ken Bailey / January 14, 2013

Many books have been written on the subject of technical analysis.  There are extremely complicated methods and some very simple methods used successfully and unsuccessfully.  It has been the subject of many a debate among students.  This is so often true of art, which technical analysis is more of than […]

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Strategy Selection & Structuring your trade

By Ken Bailey / December 21, 2012

The most important consideration for picking a strategy is your understanding of the trade.  You can get the same results from different trades as long as you structure them correctly so pick the one you understand the most.  That understanding must include the adjustments for the trade.  Adjustments can require […]

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The Long Put: What is it and how is it used

By Ken Bailey / November 13, 2012

In the trading world, when you buy a put, it is called a long put.  When you buy a put you are paying for the right to sell 100 shares of the equity per contract anytime you would like before it expires.  The price you sell your shares for is […]

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The Put Option: What are they, and how are they used.

By Ken Bailey / October 23, 2012

What is a Put: A put is a contract between two people. For each contract, the person who bought the put has a right to sell one hundred shares to the person that sold the put. The person who sold the put is obligated to buy the shares. The price […]

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Dividends – How do they work?

By Ken Bailey / September 21, 2012

What is a dividend A dividend is a cash distribution of a portion of a company’s profits to the shareholders. The board of directors decides if a dividend will be paid, when it will be paid and how large of a payment will be made. Dividends are typically paid on […]

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Calendar Trades

By Ken Bailey / August 27, 2012

Tuning a trade to your expectations. One of the most versatile strategies is the calendar trade. What it is – The standard calendar has a longer term long option and a shorter term short option both out of the money (OTM). The options are of the same type, call or […]

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