Master Options at Our Power Session This Month


Are you getting everything you should out of the stock market? If you don’t trade options, the answer is probably “no.”

Everyone has excuses: “Options are too complicated.” “They have confusing Greek letters.” “They have time decay and may expire worthless.” We’ve heard ’em all.

So have the speakers at Options Stars 2018, TradeStation’s October 19 power-learning session in Chicago. Our experts know that derivatives may seem daunting at first, but these pros have long since mastered them and are willing to share their expertise with you.

Sam Seiden from Online Trading Academy gets the ball rolling with a lesson on how to find trading opportunities. John Carter of Simpler Options breaks down some of his favorite hedging techniques. Sam’s an award-winning educator and John’s a widely read author.

Then you have AJ Monte of The Market Guys, who has two books to his name. He’ll share his 35 years of experience on volatility management to help you smooth the bumps in your portfolio.

David Russell, VP of Content Strategy at TradeStation, is the lunch-hour presenter. He’ll present a common-sense explanation of Greeks to help you pick the right option. David’s also the main writer for our Market Insights blog.

Next, ever heard of covered calls? How about protective puts? Sarah Potter from will give her more modern approach to some of the market’s most traditional strategies.

Price Headley of adds a level of complexity in the next presentation on spreads. Then Dan Sheridan from Sheridan Options Mentoring goes even further with a breakdown of butterfly strategies.

The day will wrap up with a round table discussion and a cocktail reception. Space is limited so sign up now. We’ll see you in Chicago!

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Dr. Don Pratl is Director of Trader Development and Education for TradeStation. He joined TradeStation in 2016 after holding similar roles with other online brokerages. Don’s long career in the financial services industry reflects expertise in administering trading and investment strategy programs for retail investors as well as financial services professionals. Since the 1980s, he has held various positions in areas including CBOE trading floor order execution, marketing, sales, personnel management, training and customer service. Don holds series 3, 4, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses, earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management, and his M.A. and B.A. in Political Science. He has been an occasional adjunct college instructor since 2004 at a range of institutions, teaching undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students using in-class and online formats.