This is where Hugh periodically posts his take on the market, stocks and his own views on events.

Check this section frequently… you never know what will be posted.

Easy Tips to Help Your Trading

It might sound elementary but there are some simple, easy things you should do to help your trading. Use good, high resolution monitors. You will be spending a lot of time looking at these and staring at fine detail. Preserve your eyes as best as possible with the...

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Why Hugh Trades a Sim Account

Fair question: "Why aren't we seeing you trade your account, Hugh?" The answer is simple. When your big ticket items such as houses and cars are paid off, when the kids are done school, when you are living comfortably, why put more money at risk? As part of risk...

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Longest Running Trading Room

We are proud to say we hosted the longest running live trading room with regards to day trading SPY options, and likely any other trading, to the best of our knowledge. It was seven years ago we started Live Trading with the Pros on a lark. "Let's try it and see what...

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Pick of the Day or Secret Sauce?

Ok, everyone seems to have a different 'pick', as if some random trigger sounds and we all jump on board. Not so, says Hugh. Random is gambling and we do not gamble. Each service caters to a different clientele, based on your individual needs. The Pick of the Day is a...

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Why I Dislike High Volatility

Some folks trade it, I fear it... here's why: With high volatility comes high prices. Call options with normal Implied Volatility (IV) at, say 8% may produce 'at the money' options costing, say $1.20. Conversely, IV at 30% which we have seen recently and much higher,...

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Dividends Affect Options

SPY is the world's largest Exchange Traded Fund with $240 billion in assets under management. Stockholders as of the ex-dividend date are eligible for the dividend. Interested in receiving this windfall? Make sure you buy the stock by the day prior. These dates are...

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Too Broke to Learn?

There is always a reason to not do something, especially when it requires a sacrifice. Learning to trade is no different. Consider the cost of ignorance if you don't get training. One trade can wipe out your account. Why risk it? Today, not having money to learn to...

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Perils of Study Groups

Every so often, someone suggests we form a study group or Facebook page whereby students interact with each other. The only problem is, they sound good in theory but they don't work. Many of us have been in these in the past and perhaps you share the same...

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What Makes Hugh Qualified?

Good question, one I get every now and then...glad to be able to answer it. An 'expert' is generally someone who knows more than the person asking. I may not know how to play the guitar but if I see someone else playing it, to me, they are the expert, even though they...

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Don’t Piss Off Your Friends

Yup, it happens. You suddenly start making some serious money on the market, spend accordingly and your friends vanish. Don't think it will happen to you? Don't be so sure. Your friends love you but it's human nature to associate with people of like minds, like values...

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Why Isn’t Everyone Trading?

Of your own circle of friends and acquaintances, how many do you know invest themselves vis a vis handing their hard earned money off to a financial guru? If you're like most people I know, most would rather, incredibly so, let someone else be responsible for dictate...

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Why We Post Only 30 Days’ Results

I am sometimes asked this question from prospects looking for more data on our results. Presumably, they're looking to use our services but need more information. The reason we use a 30 day rotating Recent Results (Pick of the Day and Launch Pad) is because we...

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Imagine How Much You Can Know If…

... if you undertake just one new project every year! A gentleman I spoke with recently, Stan, talked about something he had started in his '20's. He explained that his schooling was just the start of his education and after earning his degree, he returned to school...

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‘Sell in May and Go Away’ Does Not Apply to Us

One of the most famous phrases in the trading world is 'sell in May and go away.' This may be true for stocks as seasonal adjustments kick in and the summer has a repressive tendency on the markets, often bringing prices down. Not good for your stock portfolio; hence...

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You Think Our Training is Expensive?

I take this opportunity to shed some light on a subject that comes up from time to time. Ok, if the truth be known, I get several  enquiries a day asking why training is, in their view, so expensive. They even ask "Hugh, if you're making money trading, why don't you...

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How to trade SPY options

Most people find day trading SPY options to be refreshingly different. Many of my students come from a complex background, trading butterflies, straddles, strangles, married puts, covered calls, condors and other spreads. Some come from the formal investment world...

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Why Our Trading Rooms Work

A bold statement, for sure, but it's true. Most trading rooms do not work for many reasons. I've been involved in others' trading rooms some years ago, as I'm sure many of you have. One common deficiency is the lack of proper leadership.The moderator should be...

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It’s about Lifestyle

Consider options trading a hobby and it will pay you as such. Treat it as the business that it is, and it will reward you accordingly. As you can imagine, my business of both trading and teaching people to trade consumes much of my time... no complaints, I love every...

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