About Steve Smith

Steve Smith has more than 30 years of investment experience and an expert level of options knowledge. He was a seat-holding member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) from 1989 to August 1997. In 1998, he joined TheStreet.com as the senior option columnist and chief derivatives strategist. In 2003, he launched an option-based newsletter, OptionAlert, which was awarded the MIN "Best Business Newsletter" in 2006. In 2009, he joined Minyanville as a contributor and launched the proprietary OptionSmith newsletter. In 2010, he joined New Vernon Capital, a family of hedge funds with over $2 billion of assets under management, as risk market consultant to utilize option strategies to reduce portfolio exposure and enhance returns for the four main funds. In 2015 he began working at the Adam Mesh Trading Group, where he currently authors the Option Sensei newsletter and manages the Options 360 advisory service.


Recent Articles By Steve Smith

: SFIX |  News, Ratings, and Charts

This Online Apparel Stock Is a Marvelous Bargain

Separating this online apparel stock from other online ‘box’ services is the fact it has been posting a profit each quarter since it went public two years ago. Continue reading to find out what it is, and what it could mean for the investor.
: PBI |  News, Ratings, and Charts

Find Out: Why I Just Bought Calls In This $4 Stock

Today's featured article covers why I just bought calls in a $4 stock. Continue reading to find out what the stock is and how investors can reap the benefit from it.
: BAC |  News, Ratings, and Charts

Earnings Season: What to Know Right Now Before Making a Trade

It’s that time of year again — earnings season. Things will officially kick off next week. With that said, continue reading to find out what you need to know right now before you make a trade.
: SPY |  News, Ratings, and Charts

Examining Time Decay When Trading Options

As the market keeps oscillating, or one could say, "herking and jerking," over U.S.-China trade talks, Central Bank policy and just general random tweets, there is a heightened sense that we're reaching a denouement as to whether this now 10-year-old bull market can find another kick higher. Read for details.
: JPM |  News, Ratings, and Charts

Could Upcoming Earnings Season Be a Market Turning Point?

Earnings season begins in earnest when large banks and key companies report their 3rd-quarter results next week. Could it be a market turning point? Continue reading for more details.
: SCHW |  News, Ratings, and Charts

The Long-Term Trend Benefitting Retail Investors

Retail investors are benefitting from the longer-term trend of lowering overall costs associated with investing and trading. Continue reading for more details.
: BA |  News, Ratings, and Charts

Could the Market Get Crushed by Consumer Crunch?

Stocks initially extended their losses this morning, following another set of disappointing data. This time, it produced lower-than-expected growth in the services sector. Read for more details.
: SPY |  News, Ratings, and Charts

The Rising Risk of an Economic Recession

The market nosedived immediately after a report was released as economic activity and manufacturers outlook reignited fears that the U.S. could enter soon enter a recession. Continue reading for more details. 
: MU |  News, Ratings, and Charts

The Relationship Between Volatility & Vega

Market volatility is starting to tick back up as macro headlines ranging from impeachment to drones striking Saudi oil complexes have ratcheted up uncertainty and nervousness. Read to find out how it all ties into volatility and vega in options.
: GOOGL |  News, Ratings, and Charts

Can Stocks Climb 'Wall of Worry' to New Highs?

Despite a constant barrage of headline risks, the S&P 500 Index is just 2% from its all-time high — essentially where it was 18 months ago. Continue reading for analysis on if stocks can climb the "wall of worry" to new highs.
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