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July 23, 2011

Mac OS 10.7 Lion – What Software Works and Doesn’t Work

I know I shouldn’t have done it but I did anyway.  I’ve been a beta tester years ago for PC Tools and even Windows 95 (It wasn’t my fault…).  Being on the bleeding edge is fun and upgrading to the latest and greatest software is always exciting, until stuff starts not working.

Rewind to last week when Apple rolled out their newest Mac operating system 10.7 or Lion.  The OS only costs $29.99 so the price is attractive enough to click the Buy button in the App store.  The upgrade was through the App Store.  Pretty simple to download the installation file and get started.

The previous upgrades I went through with Apple I had no issues whatsoever.  Not so this time.

This is a major update

Apple really wants to move the OS towards the portable devices with gestures.  I suppose a lot has to change under the hood for this to happen.  Many things have changed in Lion.  Overall I’m happy with it.  I have a lot of software installed on my iMac and nearly all of it is unaffected.  The only programs I have that have hiccuped are:

  • Telestream Episode 5 and Episode 6 (they are releasing an update in August so I can run Episode again)
  • Briksoftware’s Camouflage which hides your desktop icons
  • Intego’s VirusBarrier X6  ( )  They say Lion compatible on their website so I might be able to get this to work.  Not sure yet.
  • Disk Inventory X ( )
  • VMWare Fusion 3.1.2 (for running a virtual Windows OS.  At caused a Kernal Panic during the update to 3.1.3 and I had to reboot.  3.1.3 did NOT install.
Ok.. What’s working?

Overall most of my software is working.  I can use Handbrake and Compressor while I wait for Episode 6 to get updated.  VirusBarrier probably isn’t as critical on a Mac due to FreeBSD’s enhanced security anyway.  I have a Windows computer next to my iMac so VM Ware Fusion rarely gets run.  The main thing that annoyed me was Camouflage.  I REALLY got used to a very clean desktop.   I did find a way to take care of this problem:

How to hide your Mac OS desktop icons

This is from a post in 2009 but it still works
  1. Go to “Applications” and find the “Utilities” folder, then the “Terminal” application
  2. Enter the following in Terminal:
    defaults write CreateDesktop -bool false
  3. Enter the following in Terminal to kill Finder and have the changes take effect:
    killall Finder
  4.  You’re done!
To show your icons again:
  1. Open “Terminal” again
  2. Enter the following in Terminal:
    defaults write CreateDesktop -bool true 
  3. Enter the following in Terminal to kill Finder and have the changes take effect:
    killall Finder
  4. You’re done!
I guess I don’t really need Camouflage, but it’s so easy to use!
Overall Lion is the same but different than Snow Leopard.  There are some interesting changes and I’m sure I’ll grow to like over time.  I’ll write more about it as I kick the tires.
June 2, 2011

The Google +1 Button Arrives

Google +1 button

Google recently released the +1 button.  I suppose facebook’s success with their “like” button can’t be ignored by Google.  Because it is Google, I would definitely add the +1 button to your own websites because you know Google is going to include +1 button data in their search algorithms.

What is the +1 button?

This is the Google +1 buttton description page for end users.  Google describes it as a button to say “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.”  Sounds like the facebook like button doesn’t it?

How do you put the +1 button on your thesis blog website? had a great post about adding a Google +1 button to your website.  They referenced a page in their user guide detailing the steps There was an error in the configurator link.  The correct url is

Here’s what the configuration tool looks like:

Google +1 button configuration tool

Note the “Advanced options”.

Google +1 Button Advanced options

The link to “More information on URLs and the +1 button” goes here.


Because this is from Google, I expect it to be widely deployed very quickly.  Google WILL consider this data in it’s search algorithms.  It’s good data for them to help figure out what page a search visitor is looking for.  I’d use it if I were Google.  You should too.

May 26, 2011

The Video Boss is Back! Andy Jenkins Does it Again!

I bought the Video Boss last year, among a lot of other training programs. Of all of the products I purchased to get myself up to speed on internet marketing, Andy’s The Video Boss was the absolute best money I spent all year!  Hands down!

Who is Andy Jenkins?

Andy is a emmy winning film-kinda-guy and really knows his stuff.  Don’t believe me?  Check the credits on the Blair Witch Project and see who produced it!

This year, Andy is re-launching the Video Boss and I just saw the first video.

It’s so cool

You can tell Andy worked in the film industry. He’s a master! I won’t spoil this one for you..but trust me,


Click on my cleverly disguised affiliate link to watch the Video Boss introduction video.

You won’t regret it!!!


Screen shot from Andy’s intro video

The Video Boss


Boss-man Andy at the beach making  cool sounds! hehe

The Video Boss


Andy getting all serious and running out of jokes

The Video Boss


Andy’s surfing buddy Frank Kern and his cuzin Trey telling you what happens if you don’t opt-in

The Video Boss


Did I say you HAVE to WATCH this video?

Do it now before you forget!  You won’t regret it…




April 27, 2011

4 Steps You Can Take for More Profitable Trading

Trading Plan
You’ve just put your first live trade on in your broker account.

The market is moving against your position.

You aren’t comfortable as your position starts losing money.

You hope the market will come back in your favor but it keeps moving against you.

Fear starts to grip you and you begin to panic.

You don’t know what to do and the position keeps getting worse.

Finally you can’t stand it and close your position for a big loss.

Soon after you close your position, the market reverses direction.

You would have gained back all that you lost and ended up having a profit.

What went wrong?
You didn’t have a trading plan. You traded with your emotions. The key to being a successful trader is treating it like a business and controlling your losses. How do professional traders avoid trading with emotion? They define three objectives for each trade:

1. Set a profit target
2. Have a maximum loss
3. Define adjustment points and actions
4. Define how you will exit the trade

Let’s look at each one of these.

1. Set a profit target
It is important to get paid to trade. You need a clear idea in your mind when or where you will take profits in your trade. There are many ways to define your profit targets. It could be as a percentage of a spread credit received, or a percentage yield on your required margin. It could be based on movement of the underlying instrument. Whatever method you use, have a clear target. Don’t approximate it. Be specific and take profits earlier rather than later. If you take partial profits, take the lion’s share out quickly to lock in a profitable position.

2. Have a maximum loss
This is very difficult for most traders, yet it is probably the most critical to follow. You can’t have a profitable trading business if your losses exceed your profits. That’s simple mathematics. The biggest problem with large losses is it takes a larger percentage profit to get back to even. Professionals are fanatical about keeping losses small. You should be too.
Once you set a maximum loss, never exceed it. Take steps to reduce your risk as your position nears the maximum loss. You can do this normally by neutralizing part of your delta. A long put or call can help you stay in a position longer and give you a chance for the market to come back to your position. If you do hit maximum loss, exit the trade unless there is a very good reason not to.

One reason could be if volatility spiked against you and you are in a trade with all options in the same expiration month. If you were still in the middle of your expiration profit zone, and only at maximum loss due to volatility, I would typically stay in the trade. With this unusual exception, exit the trade if it hits your maximum loss. Survive to trade again the next month.

3. Define adjustment points and actions
The market will test your positions. Have clearly defined points where you will adjust your position and what you will do at that point. This helps you avoid freezing up with fast moving markets. If you know what to do ahead of time, you will be much less emotional about your trades. Have your adjustment rules and stick with them.

4. Define how you will exit the trade
If you reach your profit target or maximum loss, you will exit your trade. Your trading plan may include taking partial profits. Have this pre-defined of exactly how you will implement this. For example, at +10% profit, take 60% of the trade off and set a trailing stop of 5%.

Another type of exit is a time stop. Trades don’t always go in your favor right away. If it takes too long to start generating a profitable position, consider exiting based on poor price movement. This type of exit is based on how long you intend on staying in the trade. If you have a 30-day butterfly spread, you may set a rule if it is not profitable after 10 days, to exit the trade.

The market keeps changing too much to have a rigid plan
The markets do change, but your trading plans should change too. Keep track of your trades in a trading journal so you can see how you are doing over time. Successful traders keep good records.

Having a trading plan helps you trade without emotion
Setting a profit target, maximum loss and knowing how and when you will adjust a position and when you will exit are essential for all of your trades. If you don’t do these steps you’ll see profits slip away, losses grow too large and your trading account will shrink instead of grow. Treat your trading like a business.

Create your trading plan and start a trade journal
Set a profit target, maximum loss, adjustment where’s and how’s and how you will exit each trade. Document each trade and start tracking your trading performance. You’ll be glad you did.