Author: Andy Crowder

Andy CrowderAndy Crowder is a professional options trader, researcher and Chief Analyst of Crowder Options. Formerly with Oppenheimer & Co. in New York, Andy has leveraged his investment experience to develop his statistically based options trading strategy which applies probability theory to option valuations in order to execute risk-controlled trades. This proprietary strategy has been refined through two decades of research and real-world experience and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seeking Alpha, and numerous other financial publications. Andy has helped thousands of option traders learn and implement his meticulous rules-driven options trading strategies through highly attended conferences, one-on-one coaching, webinars, and his work as a financial columnist. He currently resides in Bolton Valley, Vermont and when he's not trading, teaching and writing about options, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, backcountry skiing, biking, running and enjoying all things outdoors.

Top Earnings Options Plays for the Week (1/24– 1/28)


Earnings season is officially upon us. Next week is a big earnings week for the market. A few of the highlights are the earnings announcements of International Business Machines (IBM), Verizon (VZ), Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (T), Boeing (BA), Tesla (TSLA), Intel (INTC), Mastercard (MA), Visa (V), Chevron (CVX), Caterpillar (CAT) and numerous others. Remember, risk… Read more »

One More High-Probability Trade to End the Trading Week


Two days ago I posted my seventh bear call spread in SPY since late August. This time selling the 478/483 spread for roughly $0.80. Now the spread is trading for roughly $0.20. As a result, we can lock in another 13.6% on our spread. As I stated earlier this week, we’ve had some good fortune… Read more »

Trade Idea: An Inflation Trade with a Little Room for Error


I came across an interesting infographic earlier this week. I’m still trying to dig in deeper to see if there are any opportunities to be had from the information given, but I will say that the infographic did spark some other ideas within the commodity sector. As we all know, inflation is here. How long… Read more »

Top Earnings Options Plays for the Week (1/17– 1/21)


Earnings season is officially upon us. Next week kicks off with Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Bank of America (BAC) due to report. Both MS and BAC are on my radar, as are a host of others due to report later in the week. Netflix (NFLX) will certainly garner attention, and if the… Read more »

Trade Idea: Short-Term Bear Call Spread in XLE


Energy stocks have led the way so far in 2022. The sector is up well over 10% in 2022 alone. But the short-term push higher has pushed the sector, as seen through the SPDR Energy Select Sector (XLE), into an extreme overbought state. Typically, when we see readings this extreme a short-erm pullback or reprieve… Read more »