I was fortunate enough to not fall into the traps that a lot of newbies fall for, in part due to Ron's videos and group chat discussions. His trade setups such as STTs are very creative and his explanations are very clear. Ron's weighted vega presentation was certainly was very educational and it cleared (via historical trades) a lot of the common misconceptions. He also mentioned a kite adjustment which saved me some pain. I would highly recommend Ron as a mentor as there's a wealth of knowledge to extract from him.
Ron, just want to say a great big thank you for the Space Trip Trade hedges for my 19 Aug SPX and RUT Road Trip Trades placed a couple of weeks ago. They're doing nicely, thanks to you, whereas without them they'd be toast.
[update] Just an update on my 19 Aug RUT STT-hedged RTT. Up nearly 12% on Reg T, would have been a 8% loser if closed last week without the STT hedge. I plan to close it out next week. Thanks again, and again, and again...
On a personal note, I have followed or subscribed to close to a dozen trading sites over 6 years, and your research has the best quantification for complex strategies, enabling safe extrapolations to predict behavior of OTM trades. Being a retired chemical researcher, your research style is near and dear to my heart.
Ron and his Space Trip Trade (STT) have made a significant impact on the level of safety I feel trading monthly income strategies. I routinely trade at the money structures and have found myself frequently tested by adverse market moves over the past year. I have traded five live expiration cycles of STT positions to date and can say with confidence that the peace of mind combined with the positive expectancy make this a trade than I plan to use as the core of my options portfolio well into the future. The development of the STT is a significant accomplishment and one that I believe marks just the beginning of Ron's contribution to both options theory and practice. Well done!
Ron is extremely knowledgeable in how options behave and in translating that "know how" in creating very unique and profitable trades. In my opinion, one of his best traits is how he clearly communicates the setup and management of his trades and more importantly the reasoning behind why they work.
I’ve received many valuable trading insights from Ron Bertino. His understanding of successful trading strategies and disciplines is both deep and broad at the same time. Options trading is a unique investment sector and requires quantitative as well as conceptual understanding to become consistently profitable. Ron is able to describe complex and interrelated ideas in a clear and simple manner.
He also digs deeply into the concepts to get a handle on the correlations between price, Greeks and trade structures. I highly recommend your attention to his trading thought processes and market wisdom.
Ron, I want to say thank-you for the terrific innovation of the STT and variants. I've now spent some time with the Jan version in the simulator, and it's just an amazing way to leverage portfolio margin, creating a trade that only uses $375 margin to get say, a $409 expiration profit and still have a hedge down at SPX 2000. Really extraordinary.