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How to Become “The Better” Options Trader

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Who is the better options trader?

A.    Two Nobel Prize winning economists who founded the very model that options pricing is based on.


B.    A guy who thinks the market is like a giant poker game.

Of course, it's A … right? They are the geniuses, after all. I mean, they wrote the Black-Scholes options pricing model – the pricing model that every options trader uses directly or indirectly on a daily basis.


Technical Analysis vs. Fundamental Analysis

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Durable goods orders 1-28-13Of the two main methodologies used to predict the future direction on
the price of a security, an index or even the economy, which is better-
Technical Analysis or Fundamental Analysis?  If I were forced to only
use one in my market analysis and security selection, technical analysis
would win hands down.  Fortunately, I’m free to use (and do use) both
TA & FA as both methodologies definitely have their pros and cons. 
Typically, fundamental analysis (FA) is used by those with longer-term
time frames such as investors or economists whereas TA has useful
applications in predicting both short-term price movements in securities
and markets as well as long-term trends.