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.

Why Options Selling Strategies Are Perfect for this Market

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Nothing has changed! Volatility continues to remain high across the board. In fact, volatility in SPY has increased over the past few weeks. Moreover, the IV rank and IV percentile of SPY remain high, which means there are plenty of opportunities to use a variety of different options selling strategies. As I’ve stated numerous times… Read more »

Don’t Forget the Most Important Aspect of Trading

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With most of the major indices in or nearing bear market territory lots of investor are kicking themselves about how they have managed their respective losses since the year began. It all starts with position-size. Without it as you first line of defense, you will fail. It’s just a matter of time. Think of yourself… Read more »

Top Earnings Options Plays for the Week (5/23 – 5/27)

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Nvidia (NVDA), Costco (COST) and several other names are due to report next week. Be on the lookout for a few follow-up posts with trades in Costco and possibly several others. Stay tuned! As I say each week, taking the conservative approach continues to be consistent and profitable. Remember, it’s all about allowing the Law… Read more »

In Investing, It’s When You Start and When You Finish

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It seemed like for over a decade many retail investors forgot that bear markets exist. It was always assumed the market would continue to trudge higher…forever. Yes, those in the know understand the pain of bear markets, but for many that haven’t truly experienced a bear market, with their own capital, well, the last few… Read more »

Trade Idea: A Potential Earnings Trade in Walmart (WMT)

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As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or post your question in the comments section below. And don’t forget to sign up for my Free Weekly Newsletter for weekly education, research and trade ideas. Walmart (WMT) is due to announce before the opening bell Tuesday. So, as always, let’s go through the exercise… Read more »

The Seven Steps to Make Money in this Volatile Market

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As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or post your question in the comments section below. And don’t forget to sign up for my Free Weekly Newsletter for weekly education, research and trade ideas. Credit spreads have been the strategy of choice during what has been a bull market in volatility. With… Read more »

Top Earnings Options Plays for the Week (5/16 – 5/20)

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We are moving towards the tail end of earnings season. Walmart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) will be the highlights next week with a few other names worthy of a glance. Be on the lookout for a few follow-up posts with trades in both WMT and HD. As I say each week, taking the conservative… Read more »

Creating an All-Weather Portfolio Using Poor Man’s Covered Calls

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As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or post your question in the comments section below. And don’t forget to sign up for my Free Weekly Newsletter for weekly education, research and trade ideas. Over the past year I’ve discussed several of the income strategies I like to use in my overall… Read more »