Stocks & Commodities V. 27:12 (12-16): Sizing Up For Success by John Sarkett

Stocks & Commodities V. 27:12 (12-16): Sizing Up For Success by John Sarkett
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Sizing Up For Success by John Sarkett

Here’s a look at how an option trader started small and graduated to trading “more size.”

True to his name, option trader Tony Sizemore trades “more size” than most. After a long career in mortgage lending, which included more than a passing interest in the financial markets, he turned his attention full time to options, specifically monthly income strategies from options. “This was the first time I had enough liquid capital to pursue trading as a business, and I reasoned that if I got serious about it, I could be successful as a trader,” he said.

Getting the right teacher makes all the difference, and that’s where things took off for Sizemore. After trading futures on his own for years with up and down results, he connected with option mentor Dan Sheridan. By employing the former Cboe trader’s unique risk management methodologies, Sizemore became consistently profitable.

Gradually, Sizemore sized up, now trading a prodigious 500 to 1,000 contracts per week — and profitably (ranging annually from 41% to 119% increases), because he learned his craft and methodology slowly but surely, eventually becoming expert enough to advance and adapt as the market changed.


The strategies Sheridan was employing were similar to what Sizemore had done in the past but Sheridan’s worked better because his strategies had a plan, and he showed how to adjust these strategies based on market conditions. “I began making money using the basic strategies I learned,” Sizemore says.

Although Sizemore had traded options for about 10 years, he signed up for mentoring with Sheridan. Under Sheridan’s tutelage, Sizemore began trading the condor, calendar, and double diagonal. He learned that every strategy has its own place and should be managed differently, he said, adding that “knowing which type of strategy is conducive to certain market conditions.”

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