What are the top 10 Commandments of Options Trading Strategies

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Options trading is a complex and often risky business. However, by following some simple rules, options traders can increase their chances of success while minimizing their losses.

Option strategies are the simultaneous, and often mixed, buying or selling of one or more options that differ in one or more of the options’ variables. Call options, simply known as calls, give the buyer a right to buy a particular stock at that option’s strike price. Conversely, put options, simply known as puts, give the buyer the right to sell a particular stock at the option’s strike price. This is often done to gain exposure to a specific type of opportunity or risk while eliminating other risks as part of a trading strategy. A very straightforward strategy might simply be the buying or selling of a single option; however, option strategies often refer to a combination of simultaneous buying and or selling of options.

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Options strategies allow traders to profit from movements in the underlying assets based on market sentiment (i.e., bullish, bearish or neutral). In the case of neutral strategies, they can be further classified into those that are bullish on volatility, measured by the lowercase Greek letter sigma (σ), and those that are bearish on volatility. Traders can also profit off time decay, measured by the uppercase Greek letter theta (Θ), when the stock market has low volatility. The option positions used can be long and/or short positions in calls and puts.

Below are the 10 Commandments of Options Trading:

  1. Do your homework. Before entering into any options trade, make sure you understand the underlying security, as well as the risks and rewards associated with the trade.
  2. Have a plan. Options trading is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Carefully craft a plan that takes into account your investment goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon.
  3. Use stop-loss orders. A stop-loss order is an order to sell an asset when it reaches a certain price point—the point at which the loss on the trade would become too great to bear. By using stop-loss orders, options traders can limit their losses on any given trade.
  4. Let winners run. Once an options trade is profitable, resist the urge to take profits too early. Instead, let the trade run its course and reap the full rewards of a successful trade.
  5. Cut losers short. On the other hand, when an options trade is going against you, don’t be afraid to exit the position and take your losses. Trying to “fight” the market will only lead to further losses.
  6. Manage your risk exposure. One of the most important aspects of successful options trading is managing risk exposure. Make sure you don’t have too much of your portfolio invested in any one security or sector. Diversification is key to mitigating risk in options trading (or any kind of investing).
  7. Use limit orders. A limit order is an order to buy or sell an asset at a specific price—the price at which you are willing to enter into the trade. By using limit orders, options traders can better control their risk exposure and avoid getting caught up in volatile markets.

8 . Be patient . Patience is a virtue in all aspects of life, but it’s especially important in options trading . Don’t enter into trades just because you’re feeling antsy—wait for opportunities that meet your investment criteria . And once you’ve entered into a trade , resist the urge to “trade emotionally” and instead let your original analysis play out . Over-trading is one of the biggest mistakes options traders can make .

9 . Stay disciplined. Like patience, discipline is also key to success in options trading . Once you’ve developed a sound investment strategy , stick to it ! Don’t let emotions influence your trades — if anything , emotion should be kept out of trading altogether . The best way to do this is by developing a clear set of rules that you always follow when making trades . If you can do this , you’ll be well on your way to success as an options trader.

10. Have realistic expectations . Finally, it’s important to have realistic expectations when trading options . Remember : there are no guaranteed winners in options trading ! Every trade involves some degree of risk, so don’t expect to win every single time. If you approach each trade with reasonable expectations and focus on long-term success, however, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful options trader

What are the top 10 Commandments of Options Trading Strategies


  • Thou shall always take 100% daily gains or 200% all time gains.
  • Do not fall into temptation and buy during the first 30 minutes of market open. (Selling positions is still permitted)
  • Thou shall not buy calls on green days.
  • Thou shall not buy puts on red days.
  • Avoid greed and do not buy consecutive options on 1 company.
  • Give thyself at least 3 weeks time to play the option.
  • End your suffering and sell if down 50% all time on an option play.
  • Avoid gluttony and do not day trade options. (Swing trades allowed)
  • Be fruitful, multiply earnings and sell covered calls if holding any.
  • Celebrate and binge drink after big gains (or losses)
  • Off topic, but relevant – You absolutely need to be doing a 401k or IRA as well as investing in crypto: 401ks and IRAs offer fantastic tax advantages that straight investing does not. Also if you have an employer who matches you are leaving money on the table by not taking advantage of that. It’s foolish. Crypto is great and should definitely be in your portfolio but it should not be your whole portfolio.
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Options trading can be complex and risky business, but by following some simple rules traders can increase their chances of success while minimizing losses

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  • Best Money Move- new physician
    by /u/bikelifer (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 24, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Hey everyone, physician with tons of debt just started making my long-term income. Wondering what my best move is right now: NW: -550K (negative) Breakdown: -470K student loans at 4% -52K private loans at 10-11% -34K private loans 5% -5K credit card debt at 11% -10K credit card debt at 0% for next few months Assets: +1K savings +13K retirement account +5K checking Est. monthly paycheck: +15-20K Est. monthly expenses: $7K including required minimum payments, rent, food, etc I will be doing the maximum contribution to my employer retirement account, which works out to 3K per month. So about 5-10K left over per month to throw at debt and start investing/saving for retirement. Right now I think my best bet is to tackle all the 10/11% debts now with the 3K/mo retirement contribution as my sole goal. No other investing, put the entire 5-10K left over to this high interest debt as fast as possible. Is that right? Or should I instead go a little slower on the high-interest debt and start investing now, so things have longer to grow over time? Appreciate the help, I have a lot to learn about this stuff. ​ submitted by /u/bikelifer [link] [comments]

  • Daily FI discussion thread - Sunday, September 24, 2023
    by /u/AutoModerator (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 24, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Please use this thread to have discussions which you don't feel warrant a new post to the sub. While the Rules for posting questions on the basics of personal finance/investing topics are relaxed a little bit here, the rules against memes/spam/self-promotion/excessive rudeness/politics still apply! Have a look at the FAQ for this subreddit before posting to see if your question is frequently asked. Since this post does tend to get busy, consider sorting the comments by "new" (instead of "best" or "top") to see the newest posts. submitted by /u/AutoModerator [link] [comments]

  • Mortgage rates: are we finally at a time where paying in cash is a better option?
    by /u/Fi_throwaway_partner (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 24, 2023 at 4:19 am

    Let me start by saying this has been asked many times, but usually people are asking with a 4% or lower interest rate. We are at a time where mortgage rates are in the high 7% to maybe low 8% range. How would you decide whether to buy in cash versus take out a mortgage? It seems like taking out a mortgage requires a $3-5k fee for the loan initialization on a million dollar house. Given this and combined with the high interest rates, would you pay $40,000 in capital gains tax to buy a house in cash? Basically I have the money in equity. I could sell them, realize a bunch of gains, and buy the house in cash. Is this crazy? The pros for having a mortgage seem to be I can refinance later if rates go down. Also, I will have more cash on hand, which does not seem like a huge deal. I have enough to cover housing expenses. Finally, I can deduct interest paid for my mortgage on my taxes. The pros for buying in cash seem pretty straightforward. More appealing offer. Don't have to worry about 8% rate on mortgage. More straightforward sale. submitted by /u/Fi_throwaway_partner [link] [comments]

  • Unsure what to do with my dividends now that I'm no longer working
    by /u/juanjon (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 24, 2023 at 3:18 am

    I'm no longer working and I don't plan on getting another job anytime soon. When I was working, it was a no brainer to automatically reinvest my dividends, but now that I don't have a paycheck, I'm unsure. It's my understanding that dividends are taxed as ordinary income when they're given to us - automatically reinvested or not - so would it make more sense to cash out the dividends instead of having to sell stock and thus get taxed again? To be clear, I don't get so much dividends that I can avoid selling forever, but I figure cashing out the dividends now mean I'll have to sell less later. Thanks! submitted by /u/juanjon [link] [comments]

  • Savings by Account Type
    by /u/Badger-Mushroom-182 (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 23, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    For those of you who have retired "early" (between perhaps 50 and 60) or plan to, I'm wondering what percentage of your savings you had (or plan to have) in pre-tax, Roth, and taxable accounts. I assume the amount in taxable accounts will depend heavily on when you retire. In other words, the longer you have before you turn 59.5, the more you'll need in taxable accounts. We're tentatively targeting retirement from our primary careers between 55 and 57 with approximately $5m. In rough numbers, I'm thinking 40% pre-tax, 40% Roth, and 20% taxable. That would allow for a burn rate in excess of $200k per year before 59.5, which seems more than reasonable for us. It would also give us lots of tax flexibility. Does this pass the sniff test? What have others done or planning to do? submitted by /u/Badger-Mushroom-182 [link] [comments]

  • Most Anticipated Earnings Releases for the week beginning September 25th, 2023
    by /u/OPINION_IS_UNPOPULAR (wallstreetbets) on September 23, 2023 at 5:34 pm

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  • Daily FI discussion thread - Saturday, September 23, 2023
    by /u/AutoModerator (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 23, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Please use this thread to have discussions which you don't feel warrant a new post to the sub. While the Rules for posting questions on the basics of personal finance/investing topics are relaxed a little bit here, the rules against memes/spam/self-promotion/excessive rudeness/politics still apply! Have a look at the FAQ for this subreddit before posting to see if your question is frequently asked. Since this post does tend to get busy, consider sorting the comments by "new" (instead of "best" or "top") to see the newest posts. submitted by /u/AutoModerator [link] [comments]

  • Employer is about to add Roth 401k to our 401k options. What should I be considering when deciding to allocate to traditional 401k vs Roth 401k?
    by /u/FiscallyMindedHobo (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 22, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    I max out contributions in our traditional 401k. That plan is about to begin offering a Roth 401k option, and I can split contributions between the two. I know what to consider with respect to contributing to traditional 401k vs Roth IRA. How does that change (or does with) with respect to traditional 401k vs Roth 401k? What is to be considered submitted by /u/FiscallyMindedHobo [link] [comments]

  • Calculating Net Worth with Real Estate
    by /u/DallasOil (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 22, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    I am curious how other rental property owners calculate their net worth. If I simply took the rental’s expected sale price minus the mortgage remaining, it would provide a net amount that doesn’t account for Seller’s commissions, concessions, survey, title fees, etc. Seller’s are typically expected to pay an additional 6% in commissions plus approximately 1% in title commitment, survey, and various improvements or concessions. Example using the simple method: $2,000,000 in real estate with $800,000 gross mortgages = $1,200,000 net equity Example using anticipated Seller’s expenses: $2,000,000 in real estate, 7% ($140,000) expected seller fees and concessions, and $800,000 gross mortgages = $1,060,000 net equity. The $140k difference is fairly large in the net worth calculation if my plan is to eventually sell out. Am I thinking through this right? What else should I be considering? Thank you for your time. submitted by /u/DallasOil [link] [comments]

  • 529 to Roth Rollover
    by /u/hesslerk (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 22, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    As I understand it, a 529 plan can be rolled over to the beneficiaries Roth IRA if the account is at least 15 years old and only contributions and earnings older than 5 years can be rolled over. What's to prevent me from making my wife a beneficiary (and her opening one with me as the beneficiary) and us each contributing $35k to a 529 with the intent of doing a rollover to each of our respective Roth accounts in 15 years? It's not a lot of money over 15 years but every bit helps with retirement. We also make too much for regular Roth contributions but I believe the income limit doesn't matter with this conversion. submitted by /u/hesslerk [link] [comments]

  • 529 for the childless, Secure Act
    by /u/TacomaGuy89 (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on September 22, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    My favorite fire strategies are Mad Fientist style, and I have a question in this vein. Can anyone help me parse through the benefits of a 529 for the childless post Secure Act? My understanding and considerations; -money grows tax free in 527 -after 15 years, 527 find can be converted to Roth IRA without penalty up to $35k -conversion is limited to annual max Roth contribution Assume $11k investment in a 529 this year will yield max $35k in 15 years. With these considerations, it seems to me that the benefit of "maxing" my 527 + Roth this year is akin to investing $17,500 in a Roth this year. Otherwise stated, then benefit is an extra 15 years of tax free growth on a $11k investment, and I can contribute pretax money to my Roth years 15-20 instead of post tax money. Presume the $11k investments returns 8% and my effective tax rate is 25%. Then, the benefit is something like $11k(1+.08) to the 15 (about $880). I'm less than confident in this math and this logic. Anyone able to take me to school? submitted by /u/TacomaGuy89 [link] [comments]

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