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Alerts are sent via standard SMS message - which is a simple text message sent to your phone. All you need is a mobile phone that is capable of receiving text messages. You do not need a smartphone. You also do not need to be in a specific country - we can send alerts to any country across the globe.
Importantly, it is always a human who sends alerts.
Alerts are sent in real-time. More than 50% of alerts are sent within the last 30 minutes of the market being open (between 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST).
We send alerts on both options and stock trades. Here’s how they differ:
“Entered” refers to an options purchase.
Example SMS for options:
Entered OXY Nov19 $29 Calls at 4.75. Full size.
Sold all F Oct15 $12 Calls at 4.15. Nice win overall!
“Bought” refers to a stock purchase.
Example SMS for stocks:
Bought GNRC Stock at 350.89. Full size.
Sold all KHC Stock at 43.04. Nice win overall.
Here’s a screenshot of actual alerts sent in August of 2021:
Position size is an important metric used in risk management.
Adequate position sizing should be at the forefront of your mind when entering each trade. If you blow up your account, you are out of business!
If you are a new trader without an understanding of Risk of Ruin and Probability of Ruin, your odds of blowing up your account before learning how to trade are almost certain. You can trade an excellent system like ours with a proven track record and still go broke if you do not understand the meaning of proper position sizing. Here’s a useful resource, if necessary:
There are two factors one should have in mind when planning risk on a trade and position sizing.
First, a single position size (total $ value of the position at the time of opening the position) should be a maximum of 10% of your total account equity for stock trades and a maximum of 2% of your total account equity for options trades. Single position size means if the position goes to 0 you will lose the above-mentioned percentage of your account equity.
Let’s break this down: In our portfolio tracker we use an example of $10,000 per options trade and $40,000 per stock trade as the single position size. When our alert says “Full size” this means that we have bought options for $10,000 in the event of an options trade, or stocks for $40,000, in the event of a stock trade. You should determine this amount (single position size) in advance, based on your account size and in line with the above mentioned general guiding principle of a maximum of 10% of account equity for stock trades and a maximum of 2% of account equity for options trades.
The second factor is the distance between the entry price and stop loss price. The distance to stop loss price that we usually use is 10-15%. Our stop loss is on a closing basis, so this should be taken into consideration when computing a position size. Please read more on position sizing and risk management here:
Absolutely! We have successful members from all across the globe currently enjoying the membership. All you need is a brokerage account to begin trading.
Our rate of alerts can vary. We always prioritize alerts of high-quality trades instead of a high volume of alerts. We don’t just want to send alerts for the sake of sending alerts - we want to send you alerts with high upside and little risk.
There are some days when we do not send any alerts. In fact, we’ve had some weeks where we haven’t sent any alerts (these are very rare, however).
Some weeks, we may only send you a few alerts. Other weeks, you could get up to 10. The only guarantee is that we prioritize quality over quantity. We do not chase trades; we’ve developed a strategy that lets them come to us.
We utilize a long-term strategy with a performance record that speaks for itself.
The optimal account size for Trading Analyst members is $100,000. In order to benefit from our strategy, we suggest a minimum account size of $25,000.
Based on what we’ve seen, our strategy, and member feedback, the ideal account size to maximize our strategy is $100,000.
The Trading Analyst has helped more than 11,450 traders see profits that they never would’ve seen on their own. Trading is difficult — it requires time, knowledge, experience, and patience. We remove these requirements for you, making options trading both accessible and profitable.
The key to our strategy is a long-term approach with a focus on risk management. In short, this means that our strategy minimizes losses and finds low-risk trades with high upside potential. Repeating this process, and powering our formula with data—not emotions—is a key ingredient in our recipe for success. Learn about our trading strategy and its results for more information.
We use a swing trading strategy. Some positions are open for days, weeks, and in rare cases, even months.
The Trading Analyst uses a swing trading strategy which has an emphasis on trading volume. Our 6-step strategy ensures that a number of criteria have been met prior to sending an alert.
Since we use a swing trading strategy, we will always have existing positions when a new member joins our service. It takes roughly three months for a new member to be in sync with The Trading Analyst’s portfolio. Due to this, it will usually take three months for new members to see the results they’re looking for.
The Trading Analyst trades both options and stocks.
While our alerts are usually focused on options, we will use common stock trades if:
- The market environment is unfavorable, meaning general market volatility is high and options are expensive,
- Particular stock options are expensive and the majority of our members would be unable to satisfy the requirements (e.g. AMZN),
- The options on a potential stock are illiquid (meaning a large spread, or poor option interest).