Options Stars 2018

Chicago, IL Oct 19th 2018

Jump-start Your Options Trading in Just One Day

$100 OFF

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Whether you’re a TradeStation client or not – and whether you’re new to options trading or a seasoned vet – this live one-day event will provide you with a lifetime of valuable information to help improve your options trading potential starting the very next day.

Designed to provide a comprehensive learning approach to trading options, this event brings together an incredible lineup of six professional options traders – all of whom are outstanding mentors as well – to share their knowledge and experience.


October 19th, 2018

8:30 am CST


CDW Building

120 S Riverside Plaza

Suite #1450

Chicago, IL 60606

Key Learning Points:

  • Understanding How Volatility Affects Your Profit and Loss
  • Identifying the Right Options Strategy for Your Market Outlook
  • Selecting the Right Options Strike and Expiration
  • Options Opportunity Scanning
  • Mastering Risk Graphs
  • And Much, Much More

We’ve brought together an incredible lineup of professional options traders who are also outstanding options trading mentors. They’ll share their knowledge and experience to help jump-start your options trading. This unique event will arm you with the tools and skills you need to trade when the markets are trending up, down or sideways, in both low- and high-volatility conditions.

Here’s your chance to learn how real options traders generate trade ideas, manage risk, and approach each trading day.

(A basic understanding of options pricing, buying or selling calls and puts, and limited trading experience will be beneficial to understanding the learning concepts introduced at this event. TradeStation recommends completing basic-level online coursework prior to attending this seminar.)

Preliminary Comments, “Welcome to TradeStation.”

Michael Burke, VP, Client Training and Education, TradeStation Securities

“Keeping Up to Date on Cboe, the World’s Largest Options Exchange.”

Kevin Davitt, Senior Instructor, Chicago Board Options Exchange.

9:15 - 10:00
“Identifying Options Trading Opportunities.”

Sam Seiden, Chief Education, Products and Services Officer, Online Trading Academy.

Savvy options traders know that timing is important to making successful options trades. The key is being able to understand what the market is telling us from a macro and a micro standpoint. Sam will discuss the methods he uses to identify options trading opportunities.

10:15 - 11:00
“How to Hedge Risk with Options.”

John Carter, CEO, Simpler Options

When people hedge, they’re essentially insuring themselves against an event that could be costly to them. Although hedging doesn’t prevent the negative event from occurring, it does help lessen the impact if something occurs.

11:15 - 12:00
“Strategic Volatility Management”

AJ Monte, Chief Strategist, The Market Guys.

Options volatility cannot be eliminated, but it can potentially be reduced. AJ will present different strategies you can use to help reduce the volatility in your portfolio.

12:00 - 12:45
Lunch and Learn: “Get the most bang for your buck with options.”

David Russell, VP, Content Strategy, TradeStation.

Most traders like options for the leverage. But which contracts have the best risk/reward profile? David gives a common-sense explanation of “Greeks” like gamma and delta, along with some guidelines for picking the right option for your trade.

1:00 - 1:45
"Covered Calls and Protective Puts For Active Trading and Long Term Investing."

Sarah Potter, Founder, youcantrade.com.

Sarah will discuss a more modern approach to covered calls and protective puts. She will show you how to implement these strategies for short term income and longer term risk management. You will learn everything about these trade set ups from entries to exits so that you can trade them too.

2:00 - 2:45
“Boost Your Trading Confidence with Options Spreads”

Price Headley, Founder & CEO, Big Trends.com.

Options traders who want greater consistency will want to add options spreads to their trading arsenal. Price Headley shares his favorite indicators and rules to improve your consistency and your confidence when trading debit & credit spreads.

3:00 - 3:45
“Trading Butterflies in 2018”

Dan Sheridan, Founder, Sheridan Options Mentoring.

Butterfly options trades come in a variety of styles. Learn about the different types of butterfly strategies, how to select the right stocks, whether to choose calls or puts, how wide a butterfly should be, when and how to adjust your trade, and much, much more.

4:00 - 4:30
Options Trading Roundtable Discussion with Our Expert Panelists

Moderated by Travis McGhee, Senior VP, Business Development & Education, TradeStation Securities

Meet-and-Greet Cocktail Reception

The symposium will conclude with a meet-and-greet cocktail reception at Rivers Restaurant, in the CME Building, 30 South Wacker Drive, just a short stroll from the TradeStation Convention Center in the CDW Plaza.

Here’s your chance to engage with real options traders and learn how they generate trading ideas, manage risk and approach each trading day. You’ll see TradeStation’s OptionStation Pro options trading platform in action, including our advanced options analysis tools. And we’ll feature additional surprise speakers throughout the day.

Sam Seiden

As the Chief Education, Products and Services Officer at Online Trading Academy, Sam brings over 15 years of experience in equities, forex, options and futures trading. Sam has been involved in the markets since 1991 both on and off the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He has served as the Director of Technical Research for two trading firms and regularly contributes articles to industry publications. Sam is known for his trading, technical research, and educational guidance

In February 2011, Sam won the Forex Best Awards in the categories of Best Educator, Best Educational Content, and Best Webinar from FXstreet.com, the leading independent portal dedicated to providing complete and timely information about the Forex market.

John Carter

John studied international finance at the University of Cambridge in England before graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. John has been a full-time trader since 1996. In 1999, he launched TradetheMarkets.com to post his trading ideas. This company turned into Simpler Options, and as he added additional analysts and branches, he grew it into the company it is now, Simpler Trading. He built this business and this team because he truly loves inspiring other traders, and it’s a passion he wants to share. Today, he has a following of over 10,000 people. John is a published author, and his book, Mastering the Trade, has been read by over 50,000 people. He is currently working on the third edition of his book.

AJ Monte

AJ Monte is Chief Market Strategist for The Market Guys and author of two books on trading, The Market Guys’ 5 Points for Trading Success and Take Charge of Your Money Now! He has over 35 years of financial industry experience, 10 of them spent as a trader and member of the New York-based Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX). AJ is a former NASDAQ market maker and Chairman of the Options Floor Trading Committee for COMEX. He has appeared on ABC, FOX Business and PBS television, and as a regular guest on “Serious Money Radio.”

David Russell

David Russell is VP of Content Strategy at TradeStation. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience as a financial journalist and analyst, his background includes equities, emerging markets, fixed-income and derivatives. He previously worked at Bloomberg News, CNBC and E*TRADE Financial.

Sarah Potter

Sarah is an active professional trader in both the options and futures markets. She is the author of How You Can Trade Like A Pro: Breaking into Options, Futures, Stocks and ETFs(Published by McGraw Hill) and founder of www.youcantrade.com, a company dedicated to sharing real live trades, market analysis and resources for traders and active investors.

Sarah is at the forefront of the trading industry, sharing her trades using her own money, live in front of members. She is well regarded as a trading and market expert and is well known for her trading consistency and straightforward approach to the markets.

Price Headley

Price Headley is the founder of BigTrends.com, which provides investors with real-time stock and options strategies and investment advice. Mr. Headley has appeared on CNBC, Fox News, CNNfn and Bloomberg Television. He is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and chartered market technician (CMT), and the author of Big Trends in Trading. Join Price as he examines market opportunities for the upcoming week using a variety of indicators and analysis techniques. Price’s Morning Market Briefings are designed to help traders take advantage of momentum and price levels in futures, stocks and options.

Dan Sheridan

Dan Sheridan is the Founder and CEO of Sheridan Options Mentoring. He has over 25 years of experience trading options and educating traders worldwide. Dan is a veteran CBOE market maker, who worked with the highly successful specialist firm Mercury Trading.

Dan left the pits in 2004, and founded Sheridan Mentoring. He now teaches individual traders the techniques and methods he used every day to profit in the options markets. Dan also teaches professional and retail traders through many additional channels: He hosted the weekly CBOE TV show, Options Safari at CBOE.com and he frequently does educational webinars for the CBOE and many brokers, as well as his new TV show called Sheridan TV, airing weekly at www.SheridanTV.com.

Kevin P. Davitt

Kevin Davitt is a Senior Instructor at the Options Institute, the educational arm of Cboe Global Markets.

Prior to joining CBOE in 2015, Kevin was a market maker on the floor of the CBOE and PHLX for LETCO Trading/TD Options and Market Street Securities. He has traded a variety of equity, ETF and index options and also has extensive experience in commodity futures and options trading. He has worked with retail and institutional clientele in a brokerage capacity.

Kevin has also provided commentary for Bloomberg, Reuters, Fidelity, Barchart, Inside Futures, Options Insider Radio and various other market-based media.

Michael Burke

Michael Burke is Vice President of Client Training and Education at TradeStation. Since joining TradeStation in 1997, he has shown thousands of traders, novice and professional alike, how to better utilize the power of strategy back-testing, options trading and the TradeStation platform, including EasyLanguage® programming.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton

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Chicago, IL 60661

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Chicago, IL 60661

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Seating is limited for this very special event, so don’t miss this chance to take your options trading and analysis to the next level.


October 19th, 2018

8:30 am CST


CDW Building

120 S Riverside Plaza

Suite #1450

Chicago, IL 60606