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.

One More Trade in the S&P 500 (SPY) to End 2021


Selling Premium in the S&P 500 (SPY) We’ve had some good fortune since late August using bear call spreads on the major market ETFs. The heightened volatility has allowed us to take on some fairly conservative trades that have thankfully led to some decent profits. And even though I tend to go out 30-60 days… Read more »

Trade Idea: A Potential Earnings Trade in Nike (NKE)


I have another potential “outside the earnings window” trade today. I will not be making the trade myself, but for those that would like an earnings trade idea on a highly-liquid underlying stock or simply want further education on how to trade around earnings, this post is right up your alley. I hope that by… Read more »

Top Earnings Options Plays for the Week (12/20– 12/23)


Even though earnings season has passed, there will always be an opportunity or two from week to week. Next week brings Micron (MU), Nike (NKE) and a few others. Both Micron and Nike will be my main focus, but there are certainly a few other stocks due to announce that offer some interesting setups. The… Read more »

How to Approach an Iron Condor Earnings Trade in FedEx (FDX)


I have another potential “outside the earnings window” trade today. As I stated last week and will continue to repeat with each potential earnings trade, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying our discussions on various earnings trades over the past six months. Through the process of discussing the trade I’m going to focus on my strategy of… Read more »

How to Protect Your Profits While Making Additional Returns


The Collar Options Strategy After the recent market pullback, more and more readers are once again asking the question, “How do I protect my profits using options?” So today, I’m going to go over one of my favorite options strategies, step by step, for protecting profits without giving up potential future returns on the most… Read more »