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Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about why every 18 years on average, investors lose half of their money. As we kind of wrap up 2019 and we start getting towards 2020, a brand-new decade, I think it’s important that we just remind ourselves of just how volat…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be answering the question, “How is the CBOE VIX calculated?” The VIX is actually a measure of 30-day expected volatility for the S&P 500. You could basically say that the VIX is a gauge for judging the implied or the expected movement i…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Can I buy VIX stock?” No. You cannot buy VIX stock itself. It’s actually not anything that you can trade. It’s not an ETF. It’s not an underlying stock security. The VIX is an index, but you can trade options on it…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Why is back-testing important?” I actually get a lot of pushback on this and I think that many people look at back-testing as irrelevant and I think that back-testing has a lot of relevance if you use it correctly.…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about a very hot topic which is, “Do you allocate everything now in lump sum or do you allocate over time if you’re just getting started in investing?” The good news here is that I think that a lot of data and research has al…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Is VIX actually implied volatility?” The simple answer to this question is yes, it’s implied volatility, but only for the S&P 500. The VIX itself is basically derived off of the expected future S&P 500 move and the…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What makes a stock volatile?” The simple answer to this question is just changes in expectation and when changes and expectation are not in alignment with what people had thought previously, that’s what causes stoc…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What is implied volatility rank or what’s commonly referred to as IVR?” IVR is way for us to normalize implied volatility readings across different ticker symbols and ETFs to get basically an apples to apples compa…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Is TD Ameritrade’s Thinkorswim free?” The short answer is that yes, the platform is free to investors and traders. However, if you do want to have options trading privileges and get the ability to trade on margin, …
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about why you cannot start trading options with $100. Now, I know that there’s a lot of people out there online who suggest that you can start trading options with a little bit of money. And while that’s true, we actually sug…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about why I believe you should trade on desktop and manage on mobile. I’ve said this a number of times, but actually, I think it’s a really good technique to use because as the brokerage industry continues to evolve and move …
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What is a good amount of money to start investing?” I think that honestly, you should start investing with whatever you have, so as much money as you can possibly sock away into an investing account or a retirement…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about why fear comes from a loss of control. This is actually really interesting if you think about it, but we have this really strong primitive desire to control everything in our environment and really, the people and the t…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What is long volatility?” Long volatility can just be described as an options trading strategy or a trading strategy in general that profits from an increase in volatility. When someone says that they’re long volat…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about why you should trade without technical analysis first. I’m a big proponent of using technical analysis, but I think that technical analysis is a secondary type of analysis that you should do when you’re trading. I do no…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “How much do you need to start trading.” I think this is a two-part answer. I think the first part of this answer is if you’re going to start trading and just learning the mechanics, learning how brokers work, how o…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “How do I stop feeling impatient when trading options?” Now, look. I think this is a really important topic because a lot of traders feel like when they start trading options, they have this sense of anxiety that st…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be answering the question, “Is trading really profitable?” I think the short answer to this question is of course, yes, trading is profitable, but it’s profitable for those people who frankly just stick with it and have a system in plac…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again at Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about why you should go beyond outcomes and focus on the process. This is something that I talk about often with coaching clients and especially with our Pro and Elite members here at Option Alpha and it’s this idea of focusing…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Is TD Ameritrade good?” Truth be told, I actually get this question a lot. It comes from a lot of our members and subscribers here at Option Alpha and they always ask me, “Hey, look. I know you use TD Ameritrade, b…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Do you need a lot of money to invest in stocks?” The short answer to this is yes, you do, relative to something like options trading. Now, you don’t need a lot of money to buy any particular stock in and of itself,…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be answering the question, “What is the process of online trading?” Online trading is simply the process of buying and selling securities, whether it’s stocks, options, futures, Forex, commodities, etcetera through the internet. This pr…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be answering the question, “How does a put option make money?” A put option contract (and we’re probably specifically talking about a long put option contract) makes money in two different scenarios. The first scenario is that the stock…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about how to bet against the market and going over three ways in which you can do that. Again, there’s essentially three things that you can do to bet against the market or basically take advantage of or profit from the marke…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be talking about why ignorance in trading is actually bliss. And don’t get me wrong and don’t start sending me a bunch of emails about this. I’m not talking about ignorance when it comes to market risk and position sizing and trying to …
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again at Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What happens when you close an option?” This is actually a question we get often and the short answer is nothing. Nothing happens when you close an option because if you are closing the option order, whether it was o…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “How do you short an option contract?” Shorting an option contract is very much a new term for a lot of people when they get started trading, this idea that you can actually sell something that you don’t even own ye…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Do you get paid dividends with options?” The simple answer to this question is no. You do not get paid dividends with option contracts like you would normally in a scenario where you are long the underlying shares …
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again at Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What happens when a call option expires in the money?” There’s a couple of keywords in there that you should be paying attention to if you’re listening to this right now and that is that you have a call option and it…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. In honor of Halloween, I want to talk about the scariest thing about selling options and actually, the reality is I’m going to talk about two things that should really scare you when selling options. Not that they should scare you enough to completely walk a…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What causes the stock market to fluctuate?” The simple answer to me is only one word and that’s expectation and if we were to expand this out to just two words, it would be future expectation. I think this concept …
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “How do you calculate daily volatility?” There’s actually two things we’re going to cover here. Daily volatility, we’re going to cover annual volatility and they’re actually pretty easy to do. Most broker platforms …
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What happens when an option contract is assigned?” Option assignment is something that a lot of people actually fear, but the reality is that it’s part of the options trading business. In fact, I would even argue t…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be answering the question, “What causes implied volatility changes?” Implied volatility is so very important as an options trader and this is a really interesting concept because I don’t think a lot of people understand what actually ca…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Do stocks expire like options?” The simple answer to this is no. Stocks actually don’t expire. As long as the company stays solvent, stays viable, stays valuable to the public market, then its stock price does not …
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Why are stock prices so volatile?” I think this comes down to a basic understanding of just the difference between individual company expectations and broad market dynamics or structure and expectations and so, tod…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Is volatility a good measure of risk?” We’ve recently actually said in our covered calls paper when we were writing up the research that volatility is but one side of a two-sided coin. There’s returns in our opinio…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What are the different types of brokerage accounts?” For me and the way that I think about this, I really think that there’s probably three main types of accounts and then there’s sub-labels or categories within ea…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be answering the question, “Does opening a brokerage account affect your credit score?” The short answer to this is no. Opening a brokerage account does not affect you credit score and it’s because you are not taking on liability or tak…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What is the value of a call option on its expiry date?” This is a very simple answer. The value of any option contract at expiration, whether it’s a call or whether it’s a put option, is simply the intrinsic value.…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, I want to answer the question, “Can I have multiple brokerage accounts?” I think the short answer to this is yes, you can and should have multiple brokerage accounts. Now, don’t go crazy with this, obviously. But because all brokers are now effectivel…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What does buy to open mean in options?” Buy to open, buy to close, sell to open, sell to close, all very confusing terminology when you start getting into the world of options trading. Now, this is different than s…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Do penny stocks ever go up?” And this is really a two-part thing. It’s more of a question that we’re going to try to answer on my side, just what I’ve seen before and then two, just the solicitation of feedback and…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Should I pay for a financial advisor?” I know this is going to be a touchy subject and it’s going to probably ruffle some feathers for some people, but I have all the world of respect for financial advisors, I just…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to be answering the question, “What does out of the money mean?” When we’re talking about stock options and in particular, the strike price of an option contract relative to where the underlying stock price is, you will often hear the term…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What happens in a short squeeze?” A short squeeze is actually a really popular thing with people to talk about. You often hear about a short squeeze happening or potentially happening after a stock has had a big ru…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Do you pay capital gains on stock options?” And we’re specifically talking about stock options that an employee might get in a company. If you’re an employee of a company and you get stock options, how do they get …
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “What is the difference between a full-service broker and a discount broker?” This question came up recently because of the podcast we just did a couple of days ago which is talking about all these commission-free b…
 
Hey everyone. This is Kirk here again from Option Alpha and welcome back to the daily call. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “How is SPX calculated?” SPX is the ticker symbol that basically tracks the S&P 500 index. That ticker symbol is calculated using the S&P 500 index as the base. The S&P 500 index is a floating adjusted market cap we…
 
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