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The Art of Patience in Options Trading

02/01/2016 7:00 am EST


Bob Lang

Founder & Chief Analyst, Explosive Options

It’s no big secret that the market is never that convenient, friendly, or accommodating, so Bob Lang, of, suggests traders now focus on this key trait given that options trading, so far, this year has been difficult to say the least.

Options trading in 2016 has been tough…and that’s probably a gross understatement. This market is proving there is very little reason to step in and buy for longer than a few hours (maybe a full day, but no longer than that).

Yet, so many want to get in on this very oversold market. Why? Just look at what happened last August and October, or October 2014, when deep oversold conditions existed. Utilizing patience will serve you well.

To refresh your memory, here’s what happened the last time we had oversold conditions:

Markets were so beaten up (as they are now) that we saw huge slingshot rallies to the tune of 150-200 handles on the SPX 500. The rallies were fast, sharp and with gaps that did not give many traders a chance to get on board. Gap opens will mess with your mind, convincing you that buying is not the right thing to do. Instead, you think you need to wait for that perfect dip.

This time around, you have probably vowed to yourself that you won’t miss it. Maybe you’ve decided to enter early, even if it means you’ll experience pain prior to a big move up.

Well, as we know, the market is never that convenient, friendly, or accommodating. Instead, we have to use our knowledge and experience to determine where and when the next market move will happen. To read the entire article click here…

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