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 Plays for the Week (7/26 – 7/30)

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After a few weeks of earnings announcements, we are finally entering into the heart of earnings season. As you can see below, some of the major market drivers are due to report this week. Courtesy of Slope of Hope Of the 65 stocks above, I’ve chosen to highlight thirteen highly liquid stocks, with highly liquid… Read more »

The Options Strategy with the Highest Probability? The Short Strangle

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I’m often asked about my favorite options strategy. What’s my bread and butter? Statistically speaking, it doesn’t get much better than the short strangle. Some say it is the ultimate options strategy. A short strangle is a neutral, range-bound options strategy (short call and short put) that has undefined risk and limited profit potential. Typically,… Read more »

Love Covered Calls? Have You Tried a Poor Man’s Covered Call?

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One of my favorite options strategies is the covered call. Simple, straight-forward and easy to manage. Covered calls allow you to lower the cost basis on stocks you already own or, alternatively, give you the opportunity to generate a steady stream of income. But today, I don’t want to discuss covered calls. I want to discuss what is,… Read more »

A Risk-Free Iron Condor? Jade Lizard? Tell Me More…

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I’ve been using traditional iron condors for years. And there is no doubt that iron condors are one of my favorite strategies. But, when the opportunity presents itself, I favor a strategy similar to an iron condor, but with a slight twist…the jade lizard options strategy. Weird name, I know, but it seems almost all options… Read more »

Never Buy a Stock the Same Way Again

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I rarely buy a stock or ETF at its current price. Why would I? Selling puts is a much better alternative. If I’m truly interested in buying a security, I typically have a price target below the current price of the stock. Most investors just set a buy limit at their price target and hope… Read more »

An Infographic That Will Change the Way You Approach the Market Forever

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Many, many, years ago I came across an incredible infographic on the performance of the stock market. Every, and I mean EVERY, investor or options trader should take a look at this infographic before investing another dollar. Because once you do, you’ll immediately begin to change your investment outlook. But, more importantly, how you will invest… Read more »