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.

Boost Your Income Using Poor Man’s Covered Calls on Dividend Aristocrats

Today I want to discuss how to create a portfolio of Dividend Aristocrats using a poor man’s covered call options strategy. In a market environment shaped by low rates and low yields in the fixed income arena, Dividend Aristocrats using a poor man’s covered call approach might be an attractive alternative for some investors, especially… Read more »

Top Earnings Options Plays for the Week (9/20 – 9/24)

The Week Ahead Earnings season is over. But there are always a few companies that report outside of the standard earnings window. Here are five companies that I think could offer some interesting opportunities next week. FedEx (FDX) General Mills (GIS) Darden Restaurants (DRI) Nike (NKE) Costco (COST) Below you will find the implied volatility… Read more »

How to Trade Blockchain Responsibly using a Jade Lizard Options Strategy

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How to Trade Blockchain Responsibly using a Jade Lizard Options Strategy I receive an overwhelming amount of emails asking about how to invest in bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and the like. Unfortunately, as a quant-based trader/investor, I always want probabilities on my side, so buying into one of the thousand or so cryptos just isn’t my style.… Read more »

Top Earnings Options Plays for the Week (9/13 – 9/17)

The Week Ahead Earnings season is over. But there are always a few companies that report outside of the standard earnings window. Here are three companies that I think could offer some interesting opportunities next week. Oracle (ORCL) FuelCell Energy (FCEL) JinkoSolar Holdings (JKS) Below you will find the implied volatility (IV), IV rank, IV… Read more »

The Complete Guide to Poor Man’s Covered Puts

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Today I want to discuss a bearish income strategy that allows you to define your risk while simultaneously using less capital. The strategy is known as a poor man’s covered put. Most traders, or investors, either short stock, which has undefined risk and can be capital intensive or simply buy puts. However, in my opinion,… Read more »

Trade Idea: Poor Man’s Covered Call in Cameco (CCJ)

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After years in the doldrums, uranium has recently caught the attention of investors. Last week uranium stalwart, Cameco (CCJ) pushed 24.2% higher, thanks to the overwhelming demand for not only the stock, but for call options as well. Here is one example of how I would initiate a position in Cameco using a poor man’s… Read more »