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5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid in Options Trading

Options trading can be a lucrative investment strategy, but it's important to avoid common mistakes. Learn about the top five mistakes to avoid in this guide.

Options trading can be a complex and risky investment strategy, but with the right knowledge and approach, it can also be highly lucrative. However, there are several common mistakes that traders often make that can lead to significant losses. In this guide, we'll explore the top five mistakes to avoid when trading options.


Not having a clear strategy.

One of the biggest mistakes that options traders make is not having a clear strategy in place. Without a strategy, traders may make impulsive decisions based on emotions or market fluctuations, which can lead to poor outcomes. It's important to have a well-defined plan that outlines your goals, risk tolerance, and entry and exit points for each trade. This will help you stay focused and disciplined, and avoid making costly mistakes.

Failing to manage risk.

Risk management is a crucial aspect of options trading, and failing to manage risk can lead to significant losses. One common mistake is not setting stop-loss orders, which automatically sell your options if they reach a certain price. This can help limit your losses if the market moves against you. It's also important to diversify your portfolio and not put all your eggs in one basket. Don't invest more than you can afford to lose, and always have a plan in place for managing risk.

Overtrading and chasing losses.

Overtrading and chasing losses are two common mistakes that options traders should avoid. Overtrading occurs when a trader makes too many trades, often in an attempt to make up for losses or to take advantage of every opportunity. This can lead to poor decision-making and increased risk. Chasing losses, on the other hand, is when a trader continues to invest in a losing position in the hopes of recouping their losses. This can lead to even greater losses and should be avoided. It's important to have a clear trading plan and stick to it, rather than making impulsive decisions based on emotions or short-term market fluctuations.

Ignoring market volatility.

Market volatility is a common occurrence in options trading, and it's important to be prepared for it. Ignoring market volatility can lead to poor decision-making and increased risk. It's important to have a plan in place for how to handle market fluctuations, such as setting stop-loss orders or adjusting your trading strategy. By acknowledging and preparing for market volatility, options traders can avoid costly mistakes and increase their chances of success.

The Effect Of Nikkei On The US Stock Markets

English: Graph showing Nikkei 225 from January...

English: Graph showing Nikkei 225 from January, 1970 (End of Month). USD Version. 日本語: 1970年1月からの日経平均株価のグラフ(月末)。ドルベース。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Effect Of Nikkei On The US Stock Markets

Japan's Nikkei stock market has remained volatile in the most recent quarters, and such activity can only be expected to impact US stock markets. The questions that remain in market watchers' minds entail what kind of an impact and to what degree. According to a recent Reuters report, Nikkei has seen some recent positive gains, but how long those gains will hold is still anyone's guess.

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Trading the Fiscal Cliff

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Cliffs Of Moher #2 (Photo credit: Jim Moran)

Depending on which newspaper or alternate source of news one pursues they can and will find reports that negotiations regarding the fiscal cliff are going well and almost finalized or that they are a disaster and nothing positive is happening.

One of the consequences of these positive and negative reports is that the financial markets reflect the confusion and react in different ways that no person can accurately predict. This leaves millions of investors totally confused and deeply concerned of their investments and their futures. Trading the volatility index (VXX) is probably your best bet since all the uncertainty will cause it to rise. Just be careful for a deal to get done which will make the Index reverse course quickly.


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