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Confessions of a TastyTrader

I thought I would add my 2 cents regarding TastyTrade, so here goes...

I first came across TastyTrade while randomly surfing futures.io for information on options trading. Unfortunately I cant find the post so am unable to thank that poster (it was a trader from the UK I think..)

So, I had been spending months and months trying to develop trading bots for CL and NG, with a small account, and not really making any progress. I decided to take the plunge and learn about options trading, and I really wish I had done it earlier, as it really opens up your trading horizons to many different worlds. If you have even a slight analytical bent, then options trading is for you.

Anyway, I came across TastyTrade (TT) and initially my reaction was like many here: "WTF is this??" but I stuck with it and now I have it on as my default background noise. There is something for everyone, from futures trading to TA. They are not trying to sell you an indicator or anything, but you can pay for a subscription to follow Toms trades if you want.

Tom is a very nice and genuine guy. He is out to help the little guys, and everything he does is to try to help people take control of their investments. I have emailed him a number of times and he always replies, sometimes within minutes! He has nothing left to prove, and does not need to do this to survive. He is a trader through and through and loves what he does, and his passion is infectious! Tom is a contrarian and does not deny it. It is only one style of trading, and is not for everybody. Because of this, hes nearly always early and has to take some heat before the market goes his way, but his mantra is Trade Small, Trade Often, so he is able to use probability and time to his advantage, and just waits until he is right. No Stop Orders required.

If I was not stuck with IB TWS for various reasons, I would switch to the TOS platform tomorrow - easliy the best platform for options trading. I have been trading options in a small way since Nov 2015, and with TTs help I have been able to keep my head above water so far (touch wood).

So, if anyone want to learn options, TT is easily the best FREE resource available right now. There is a lot of gold hidden in the segments, and if you actually take the time to mine through them, it will make you a better trader Im sure.

And finally, in response to the poster who was bitching about the "knuckleheads", we all know that trading is a stressful, nerve-wracking game, so any channel that can lighten the mood in the slightest (especially now, during the worst start of the year ever!), is most welcome to me!


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Thought I'd add my opinion since I've been watching a lot of their content.

Tom is definitely a good guy and an experienced trader. It's pretty awesome (authentic) that they actually trade their own dough on the show and don't just parade recommendations and analysis around. I think people underestimate the value of being around experienced traders just discussing the market/ideas. That privilege used to be only reserved for those of us that work for a prop firm of some kind, now anyone can get a taste (heh) for free!

That being said I'm not a huge fan of the live show, as others have said too much cringe worthy banner to fill out the segments. BUT the shows where the review actual trades, and the ones with a hypothesis backed by a full research report are really amazing content. I watch them after they've been recorded so i can skip right to the good stuff and that's what i'd recommend.

Overall in the landscape of trading advice/education, TT seems about the most authentic I've come across. And all the content is free for the taking as of this writing. If anyone from TT reads this thanks very much for your content! It's helped me tremendously as I've started to transition from an academic options trader (learning) to one that operates daily in the markets.


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dough.com, Tastytrade.com, tastyworks.com

I started my learning of options with Dough.com. This gave me a basic understanding of options and Tastytrade philosophy of Trade Small / Trade Often. Also that most of the time it is better to sell options and collect premium($) rather than buy options.

After getting the Certificate of completing these FREE classes on Dough.com, You were able to get a discount at TDameritrade for trading options (I think it was $2/trade. at the time TD would charge over $5/trade for low volume traders).

Tom also developed an options platform at dough.com that could link to your TD account. This platform was easy to use and showed a more visual representation of where price had to be at time of expire to show a profit/loss.

Now Tom has opened a brokerage called Tastyworks.com. Option trades are $1 to open a trade, no fee to close trade just a 0.10 clearing fee. Which is good for me since I mainly only trade 1 contract per trade.

I have watched tastytrade just to get the basics of what types of options works with different trading environments (i.e. Hi Volatility vs Low Volatility).

You can see a bunch of trades being done by various traders on the platform, I haven't taken the time to see if any are profitable. Tom is way to contrarian for me. And with a small account ($5000) I could not take all these trades. I would much rather find my own way of trading.

I started live in march 2017, I mainly trade credit spreads, once in awhile debit spread. Options on equities(stocks) was kicking my butt for a little while. I started trading options on ETF's and have been doing a lot better.

I only have about 3-4 trades per month, closing position if 70% of target is met, with a profit of $30-$100 per trade while risking about $50-200 per trade. I check my positions daily. I have been assigned once so far.

I have made about 10% profit so far (balance of $5531 at end of july).

Dough and tastytrade taught me a lot about options. They show a lot of stats of how/when certain strategies work in certain environments. I don't really watch tasty trade anymore, but if I wanted to start trading strangles/straddles/calendars, I would definitely watch the training videos for these strategies.

Since I only check these options daily, this leaves me plenty of time to trade futures too!!!

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