You may have seen my videos where I introduce myself as; "Hi there, I'm Mark from Success With Options". Maybe you've found yourself wondering "Who is this Mark guy and what makes him such an expert?" Let me take this page to introduce myself who I am.
I began trading in the market in about 2003 shortly after the .com bust. I really had no background in trading but did have an interest in seeing if it was possible to make money trading. To be honest, I had no real luck as it just felt a lot like guess work.
In 2006 I had an opportunity to attend a free workshop held by Investools. This was the first time I felt like maybe there was something I could learn that would help me be more successful in trading. Along the way, I was introduced to the concept of options and the leverage they offered a trader.
I have to say that the education I received was first rate but I came away with two key observations. First, it seemed like the cost of that education was quite pricy - so much so that it made it impossible for many to receive what I was fortunate enough to have been able to receive. Second, I observed that there were many potential ways to make money in the market but certain ones seemed to appeal more to my personality.
Over the next few years, I developed a system that suited my own personality and style and was doing quite well with it... until 2008. The one thing I was not very big on was money management. When my trades were successful, I did quite well and my losing trades were fairly few. When September of 2008 hit, I got hit hard and it was a wake up call. I realized that a great strategy isn't enough if you aren't managing your money in trades.
Since 2009, I've been slowly but surely growing my portfolio using more conservative approaches that combine technical analysis with defined risk options strategies and good (consistent) money management techniques.
Despite my bad experience in 2008, I had seen enough success to realize that with proper money management I could be successful over the long term. I also felt like there was very little information out there about money management and using conservative predictable strategies to make money with the ups & downs of the market.
From that was born the desire to create a website where I could collect and share the information I had learned. I created the site with several key goals.
I came on the title 'Success With Options' because I believe (as I say on the home page) that it is possible to be successful with options trading. I'm sure there are many ways to do this but I've found for me the keys for me are:
I created the site because it's in my personality to share what I've learned. In fact, in my careers outside of trading I've been a trainer and technology evangelist for several large companies. I decided to take those skills and use them to pass on what I've learned to those who want to learn how to be successful at options trading.
I get that question a lot so I thought I'd answer it here. The answer is that most of it is. Any pages you arrive at on the site are free to view and use.
Do I make money? Yes. I make money in several ways.
Who am I? In the end, I'm just a trader like you who has gone through a journey of learning to develop a system that can work for me. I presume you're here because you're trying to do the same.