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Covered Call

By Ken Bailey / July 20, 2012

Context is often very important. I recently heard a person I respect say that the covered call is a suckers bet.    Last year I heard another person I respect suggest several covered calls.  I have traded many covered calls with success.  So who is right?  I would say each is […]

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Fresh start to a New Year

By Ken Bailey / January 27, 2012

2008 was a year to learn how to trade bearish. 2009, how to trade bullish. 2010, how to trade in a range. Through the summer of 2010 the market moved in a range and finished the year with a nice bullish run. I expected the same for 2011 but never […]

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Finding a Trading Group for Options

By Ken Bailey / November 14, 2011

Trading with like minds and unlike minds. I see posts in the forums once in a while asking if there are options traders in a certain geographical area. While I can see the desire to get together and talk to people that with the same interests, I would consider virtual […]

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Trading Options to profit from silly market swings

By Ken Bailey / October 24, 2011

I received the following quote today and immediately thought of the stock market. The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to […]

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Gov. suing JPMorgan Chase & Co. Ticker (JPM). stock opportunity?

By Ken Bailey / September 5, 2011

I like trading JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM). The option chains have always made it easy to trade.  JPM, along with a bunch of other financial institutions, is now being sued by the government for taking advantage of legislation that made it attractive to loan money to people who could […]

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The Challenge of using extrinsic value as an indicator to help manage your portfolio

By Ken Bailey / February 14, 2011

Portfolios can be managed in many ways, have you ever thought of extrinsic value as one of them? Not as the only thing to manage it, but as one of the indicators? Extrinsic value can be used with a variety of trades. I use it with diagonal calendars, credit trades, […]

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The Challenge of using extrinsic value as an indicator to help manage your portfolio

By Ken Bailey / February 14, 2011

Portfolios can be managed in many ways, have you ever thought of extrinsic value as one of them? Not as the only thing to manage it, but as one of the indicators? Extrinsic value can be used with a variety of trades. I use it with diagonal calendars, credit trades, […]

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To make money with options you need to have good option chains lets look at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)

By Ken Bailey / January 26, 2011

There seems to be unlimited ways to make money with options. With the right options trading knowledge you’ll understand that options can be put together in many ways. You can make money in any direction with options. In this market that is VERY important. But to make money with options […]

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Verizon (VZ) gets the iPhone and the stock drops? What is that about?

By Ken Bailey / January 13, 2011

Hey, Verizon (VZ) gets the iPhone and the stock drops? What is that about? Maybe the market is thinking it will hurt VZ’s network or margins or… Nope, this is what VZ does nearly EVERY quarter. As I went through my day Tuesday, I listened to people talking about the […]

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Developing a Trading Plan by Kenneth Bailey

By Ken Bailey / November 1, 2010

For me, OptionsANIMAL can be equated to three degree levels. OptionsANIMAL’s training levels 1 through 3 give you a great foundation much like a BS or BA degree does.  With just those three levels mastered, you can do better than any investment adviser or mutual fund manager that does not […]

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