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20 Responses to “Gold”

  1. jackie8011 May 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I cannot log into the forum. Can you help?

    • Mark Wolfinger May 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      I created a new account
      Your password is your last name.
      Feel free to change the password
      I sent another e-mail

      Please check spam folder.

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  2. msheret May 18, 2011 at 10:09 am #


  3. jr June 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I’d like to join the forum

    • Mark Wolfinger June 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm #


      Invitation send by e-mail earlier today.
      It is from ProBoards.

      If you cannot find it, let me know.

  4. jr June 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm #


    • Mark Wolfinger June 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Got it thanks

  5. Tim Clark June 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm #


    I’m responding to your email that says I should “confirm” that I want to participate in your blog and receive emails, and clicked on the link that brought me to this page.

    I certainly do wish to participate and receive emails.

    I’ve read your book and look forward to studying your trades and learning to make adjustments. Also how to use Interactive Brokers to enter combination trades that will give better executions than entering individual legs.

    Permission Granted.



    PS – I had some difficulty entering my credit card info when signing up, and may have signed up twice. If so, sorry for the inconvenience and hope it’s not difficult to refund the extra payment.

    *************** you emailed me:
    Hello Timothy,

    I use e-mail to notify Members of news and upcoming events. However,
    I need your permission before adding your email address to the list

    Please follow the instructions below.


    • Mark Wolfinger June 18, 2011 at 9:06 am #


      Welcome and thanks.

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  7. Satish February 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Which indexes do you suggest for iron condor?

    • Mark Wolfinger February 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm #


      If you trade indexes, I recommend one of the three broad-based indexes becasue they are cash-settled, European style options. Those are SPX (or SPXPM), RUT, or NDX.

      Those also have the tax advantage of 60% long-term capital gains and 40% short term.

      I don’t know what size you plan to trade, but if those indexes represent too much size, then I recommend using the ETFs. The three that correspond to these indexes are: SPY, IWM, QQQ. These are American style options and less friendly to trade. Also be aware that SPY pays a quarterly dividend.

      SPX is the least volatile of the three, but many times the trades are reported very slowly. I recommend iron condors with strikes that are 10-points apart – as a place to get started.

  8. jasonC June 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Has registration been disabled? After clicking “Become a gold member” I just get a page saying my shopping cart is empty. For kicks I used the ‘Return to Shop’ link and it says there are no products available in the shop.

    • Mark Wolfinger June 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm #


      I’ll look into this and let you know.
      Many thanks

  9. hk006 September 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi Mark

    I have read your Rookie Guide and finally signed up. I look forward to learning from you.


  10. JimS September 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Just finished Rookie’$ Guide to Options and LOVED it… It’s really organized well. I am about to start going through it a second time (this time to really digest the math). Advanced Risk Management was an eyeopener. Double diagonals too.

    Thanks Jim,

    A couple of points: The ‘math’ in the book (the calculations in the tables, for example) is not really important on its own. The idea is for you to be able to make simple calculations.

    However, Chapter 15 and the algebra is important. Understanding the concept of synthetic positions way an important role in your trading. It helps you understand your TRUE POSITION.

    Chapter 20 on advanced risk management is JUST ONE EXAMPLE of what we can do. In 2012, it is no longer my primary recommended method. However, understanding the concept helps you make modifications that suit your personal needs.

  11. Joseph Walker October 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I tried to join your gold members, but I got a fetal error message, so I do not think it went though. Too bad. Sound like something I would like. Please let me know if you get this fixed.
    Joseph Walker

    Try this link:

    Very sorry for the problem.

  12. FSheehy October 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    It appears that I am in (at last). Unable to get in to the Forum at this time, so I am attempting to ask a question here.


    I have seen you mention the well known (celebrity?) options mentor, Dan Sheridan. I believe that you called him “good.”

    When I first got interested in pursuing learning options I looked at anything available.

    One time on one of Sheridan’s webcasts, he gave a formula for determining standard deviation.

    His formula was:
    Price times IV x square root of days to expiration
    divided by square root of 365.25 (which is 19.111514)

    I have seen variations at times, but on so many on the option sites (there must be about 55 billion) I see little reference to this. There is no reference in either of the two Wolfinger books (Hedge Fund and Rookies) which I have read.

    My real question is this. Sheridan said to use the answer to the formula as where to place the short strike.

    I wish to trade verticals. Mark has a chapter on Credit Spreads in Rookies. If I have a bearish bias does Mark feel it appropriate to use this formula as a place to find the short strike for a bear call spread?

    I hope that this is understood, and thanks.

    Fran Sheehy

    Fran, welcome to OFR

    Good questions.
    Look for reply as a separate blog post 10/31/2012

    • FSheehy October 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

      Thank you Mark. By your leaving the full question unanswered, I am taking it as tacit approval that this is a proper way to determine the proper short strike for a bear call credit spread?