The Option Continuum - 21
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Okay so in this episode, I'm going to be doing things a little bit different because this is going to be a video and an audio podcast because I do have some graphics to share. Now, if you are listening to the audio and you want to watch the video, you can do that at www.optiongenius.com/continuum.
So I want to start with a couple of questions. Number one, how long have you been trading options? And number two, in one word, how would you describe your proficiency of trading options. So in other words, what level trader are you? Kind of gets confusing, right? Sometimes. Because you don't know exactly.
I ask this because it's super important to know where you are before you can make any progress. You have to know where you are so you can make the necessary correct improvements and even know what needs to be improved in the first place. Because in most areas of life, this is what's called a benchmark, right? So, if you know where you are now and you know they'll you want to get to, then it becomes pretty easy to get there. You can make a plan and you can just follow step by step by step and get there.
No big deal. You just work on the skills that you need at the next level. But in trading, nobody ever talks about this, you know? There's no set criteria, there's no levels, there's no advancement. You know, even in college, you go to college you say, "Oh yeah, you're in college. Oh yeah, what year are you?" "Oh I'm a freshman, I'm a junior, I'm a senior." You know where you are, you know what you have to do to get to the next level and you know how many levels there are so, you know when you're gonna finish. In trading, we don't have this so, you hear terms like, "Oh, I'm new to options."
Okay, what does that mean exactly, you know? Did you just start trading yesterday? Have you been trading for three months but you're not very good, or you're not confident in it? Who knows? Or, "Hey, I'm an advanced trader." What does that mean? Are you making money? Do you know 15 different strategies and 12 different adjustments for each one? Does that make you an advanced trader, you know?
Or maybe you've just been doing it and losing money for the last 20 years trading options. Maybe that makes you an advanced trader. Or maybe you've been to 15 different seminars and you know all the lingo but you've never done trade in your life. Does that make you an advanced trader?
Nobody knows, right? Because at Option Genius, we get emails about this all the time. We get people who want to know what course or membership that they should join and some of them, not all of them, but some of them try to make it easy on us by giving us a little background on themselves.
But it's almost never enough. No we are not licensed financial people so we cannot give personal advice, right? But if a product is wrong, one of our products is wrong for you, we'll tell you, "Hey, you know, this is not for you based on what you told us." The problem is that we don't know these people well enough and we've never had a way to characterize them.
For example, an email might come to us, might be something like this, says, "Hi, I've been trading options for three years and I really like your weekly trading system site." For example. "I'm retired and I have $20,000 to work with. Would this be the best product for me?"
And to be honest, really, I have no idea. The email says he's been trading for three years but trading what? What strategy? Was he profitable? Was he not? Does he really understand it or not? Why does he want to jump into weekly options? Has he been doing monthly options, he been doing leaps? I don't know. You know? I mean we can go back and forth, emailing back and forth just to try to figure it out.
So, I think you can see my conundrum, okay? No I mean, is someone who is only a covered call trader, is he a basic options trader? And someone who knows, for example, ratio spreads, are they an advanced trader? Well what if the covered call guy makes a lot more money than the ratio trader? Now who's the more advanced trader, you know? It's kind of confusing. So, I decided to sit down and end all this confusion.
So I have come up with what I call the, "Option Continuum," basically, it's a scale, which you can easily tell what level you are at in your trading. And once you know your level, you can decide what level you want to move to and then you start working on those specific skills to improve.
Now, everybody does not need to know every strategy to do well, okay? That's up to you. You could get to the top of the continuum, the end of the continuum and only know one strategy and just one way to trading. It is possible. Or you could say, "You know, I need to know five different strategies in case one doesn't work or the market changes or whatnot and I need to know five strategies and be good at them in order for me to get to the top." That's fine, you know? But I don't think that you need to know every single strategy.
Nor do you need to understand say 20 different technical indicators, you don't. So the continuum will help you in many ways including, this is a big one, not jumping at the next shiny object that comes your way.
And I think you know what you're talking about because I know how it is, I get them too. The daily emails touting the newest, the coolest, the most profitable trading strategy that's gonna make me millions, right? I get pitched ten of those a day if not more. But once you know what level you are at, you will be able to determine what you need next and eliminate all the other noise so that you stop jumping from one course to the next, from one guru to the next.
Because that ride never stops, it's like a merry-go-round. Once you get on the merry-go-round, they keep pitching you more stuff and more stuff and more stuff. And if you're done with one guru's stuff, that guru will pitch you stuff from someone else and it just continues in a circle, on and on and on, you never get off that ride.
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