Join the Options Boom in a Smarter Way
I followed Reddit’s infamous WallStreetBets page long before it made headlines.
At first, I was in it for the memes about the markets and investing.
Eventually, I was more interested in seeing how risky investments turned out.
One type of post I often saw was about “YOLO” bets.
That’s when someone posts about betting everything they have on one stock.
Most of the comments would endorse this insane move.
But there was also the occasional helpful comment.
The piece of advice I often saw was about using options instead.
Over time I noticed I didn’t have to scroll that far before seeing a comment like that.
Little did I know that this was the start of a bigger trend.
The Rise of The Retail Options Trader
Over the years, options trading has become more accessible to retail investors.
And when the meme stock craze started, investors seized on that accessibility.
There was a massive increase in daily options volume for the top 15 meme stocks starting in late 2019.
Chicago Board Options Exchange data shows that the biggest increase was in retail trades made up of small contract sizes.
This momentum continued into 2021, with a record 39 million options contracts traded daily on average.
That’s a 35% increase from 2020 levels.
And retail investors accounted for over 25% of this activity.
To put that in perspective, retail now accounts for over 9X the total daily volumes of the early 2000s.
Ian King Can Guide You Beyond Basic Options Trading
Just because volumes have increased doesn’t mean profitability has increased.
Most of these retail investors are buying basic put and call options.
These types of options have a lower probability of success compared to advanced options strategies.
Yet very few retail investors are using them.
This makes sense considering options can be intimidating at first glance.
But Ian King is about to make it easy for you with his new options service.
This service will introduce you to his options strategy.
And it will take the intimidation out of it by guiding you through each trade.
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