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Top Options Expert Shows You How to Buy Puts 

An underappreciated part of options trading is knowing how to buy puts. And let's be clear upfront, I'm not talking about pressing buttons on an App.

Anyone can understand that.

I'm talking about knowing how to buy put options to increase your chances of long-term success within a larger options trading strategy.

Stocks Go Up, So Why Buy Puts?

Most beginner investors generally think about buying Call options. And why not?

Markets have proven to go up over time. Since the 2020 Covid low, the S&P500 seemed to go up every day.

But there’s another reason. 

Call options have an embedded hedge, meaning you can only lose the amount of money you put in. This makes it easy to rationalize that buying Put options to profit when markets go down isn't necessary.

To some extent that's fair.

But once you start buying several Call options in different stocks, your account simply grows into a leveraged long portfolio.

And portfolios need hedges.

Buying Puts is a Process

Here's the harsh reality.

If you're playing options, then sooner or later you’ll figure out the importance of knowing how to buy puts. 


how to buy puts


Unfortunately, most investors learn that the hard way... after taking serious losses when the market turns lower.

And even if you understand Put Options, the process of trading them is not so easy.

Yes, Puts make money when the markets go down, but even then they often end up as losers. 

Knowing how to buy puts involves a process with several parts:

  • When do you buy puts?
  • Which puts do you buy?
  • How many puts do you buy?
  • When do you sell them?

In a nutshell, understanding how to buy puts is a learned skill that requires a strong fundamental understanding of options, pattern recognition, and experience.


"Buying Puts?  But Markets Go Up & Always Bounce Back."

- Most New Investors that Discover Options

OptionsGeek Members Know How to Buy Put Options

OptionsGeek's Winning Picks Premium Service buys options with great risk-reward opportunities.

The program generally buys Call Options on specific stocks and buys Put options on stocks and ETFs. While the ETF put options act as a hedge to our portfolio, I treat them as high-probability money-making positions. 

In a moment, I will show you every ETF Put option bought in Winning Picks Premium over the last two years. But first, let's take a look at the market (S&P 500) over that same time frame.

how to buy puts - SPY chart 2019-2022

"Portfolios need hedges."

- Felix Frey

Since November 2019 until January 2022, the market is UP 62%.

You can see in the SPY (S&P 500) chart above that it essentially went straight up except for 5 weeks in late-February to Mid-March.

It ain’t easy making money buying Puts in that environment.

But here’s some interesting facts about the Winning Picks Premium Service

There were 274 trade ideas during this time frame:

  • We bought ETF Puts 19.3% of the time, or 53x. This does not include buying Puts on stocks.
  • For ETF Puts, we mainly buy SPY puts, but we're also buying Puts in ARKK, IWM, and HYG.
  • 26 of the 53 ETF puts reached triple-digit returns. That’s 49%!
  • Only 11 of 51** puts, or 21.5%, expired in positive territory.
  • 32 of 51** ETF puts, or 62.7%, expired at $0.

What does this Buying Put data mean?

The 49% stat should tell you that I have done a phenomenal job choosing the right time frames to hedge.

Yes, it’s 50-50 to be right guessing up or down. But that stat is not just about direction.

You must be right on the direction AND (a capital “and”) the put option must reach TRIPLE-DIGIT returns!

Options Plan Tips

Trust me, the last part of that requirement is most difficult.

Maybe more interestingly, only 21.5% of all these hedges ended positive. This means that buying puts in these ETFs lost money 78.5% of the time if you held them until expiration.

And worse, 62.7% of these ETF put options expired at $0!

OptionsGeek Members rarely hold options until expiration and certainly do not ride them to $0. We strategically manage the risk with predetermined markers.

When trading options, it’s crucial to have a plan that manages the gains as they happen, especially when buying puts because put options tend to give back any big gains quicker than Call options. 

An Options Plan is a key focus at OptionsGeek.


** I did not include the two put positions (SPY Put Spread & IWM Puts) from the last two weeks because there is still time for the market to reverse.

"Buying Puts at just the right time is only the beginning. Then you have to pick the right option and size it correctly. After that, you have to carefully manage any gains because if you don't, winning Puts have a tendency to give back gains quickly. This takes a deeper understanding of what you're doing. But if you can do all that, Puts can give you the biggest gains of your life."

- Felix Frey

WINNING PICKS PREMIUM SERVICE

Buying Puts on 53 ETFs (SPY, ARKK, IWM, HYG) Between November 2019 - January 2022

49% Reach Triple-Digit Returns!!!

how to buy puts - chart 2021-2022

Get Winning Picks Premium Service With the Incredible Guarantee! 

Winning Picks Premium Logo

Get 2-4 Premium Trade Ideas Sent to Your Inbox Each Week

Save Time & Trade Smarter With Great Risk Reward Options Trades Consistently Reaching 150 - 400% Returns.

OG Results Table 2019
OG Results Table 2020
WP Monthly Results Table 2021 thru September
Satisfaction Guarantee

Incredible Guarantee!

I'm so confident in my ability to help you achieve your long term goals that I am willing to make you an incredible Guarantee. For Annual Members Only, I guarantee delivering you 50 trades that reach triple-digit positive returns (greater or equal to 100%) from my published price limit over the course of your 1 year membership. That averages to almost 1 per week. If I don't reach that limit then you can simply email me and I will give you the next year for free. It's that simple!

Check out the details of the individual trades...

Each bar in these Monthly charts represents 1 trade. The chart shows the range of the option (grey) along with estimated profits (green) and losses (red) on each trade. The estimated "Performance" returns assume an equal investment on every trade.

March 2019

Winning Picks Results March bar diagram
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on March 29 118 thru 128

April 2019

Wp April roi bar chart
April Options Data

May 2019

WP May Bar Results 2
May Options Data

June 2019

Wp june roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on June 28 154 thru 164

July 2019

Wp july roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on July 31 165 thru 178

August 2019

Wp August roi bar chart results
WP August Options Data

September 2019

Wp September roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on September 30 194 thru 206

October 2019

Wp October roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on October 30 207 thru 219

November 2019

WP November Bar Results 2
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on November 27 220 thru 230

December 2019

WP December Bar Results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on December 30 231 thru 242

January 2020

WP January Bar Results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on January 31 243 thru 254

February 2020

WP February Bar Results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on February 28 255 thru 265

March 2020

Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on March 30 266 thru 273

April 2020

Wp April 2020 roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on April 30 274 thru 284

May 2020

Wp May 2020 roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on May 4 285 thru 294

June 2020

Wp June 2020 roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on June 30 295 thru 308

July 2020

Wp July 2020 roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on July 30 309 thru 319

August 2020

OG Results Aug 2020

September 2020

OG Results Sep 2020

October 2020

OG Results Oct 2020

November 2020

OG Results Nov 2020

December 2020

OG Results Dec 2020

January 2021

WP Monthly Returns January 2021

February 2021

WP Monthly Returns February 2021

March 2021

WP Monthly Returns March 2021

April 2021

WP Monthly Returns April  2021

May 2021

WP Monthly Returns May  2021

June 2021

WP Monthly Returns June 2021

July 2021

WP Monthly Returns July 2021

August 2021

WP Monthly Returns August 2021

September 2021

WP Monthly Returns September 2021

October 2021 (Coming Soon)

November 2021 (Coming Soon)

December 2021 (Coming Soon)

Note: Past results are not indicative of future performance.These are not actual results by any one member, in most cases they are conservative. It is an illustration of equal investments in each trade idea offered. Results are not compounded returns. Trades are consistently rolling off, whether winners or losers. Stop-losses of 50% are recommended and staggered positive exits are put in place by each individual at his own discretion. The Program offers several different possible strategies and teaches you how to determine which levels best suit you. Ultimately, that decision is left to the Member. All past trades are documented and presented to all Members in the Members Area. Almost all trades are presented to Members before the market opens to give each Member the same starting point. Results vary according to the members own plan relating to their entry and exit strategy.

Learn How To Do It Yourself

$397.00 one-time

Lifetime Membership

  • The Best Options Education
  • Includes 1M of Winning Picks
  • 1-on-1 Coaching Offer (Limited)

GET MORE DETAILS

Learn... While I Do It For You

Annual Membership

WP Premium logo

$166.42 per month

Billed Annually

  • 2-4 Trading Ideas Per Week
  • Includes 3 Steps to Profit
  •  Satisfaction Guarantee

GET MORE DETAILS

Felix Frey

Felix Frey is a Wharton graduate and an accomplished 20-year Wall Street veteran with senior positions at the Top Investment Banks and the Head Trader at a prestigious New York Hedge Fund, Scoggin Capital Management.

He left Wall Street to create OptionsGeek, a unique options platform that offers all investors a world-class experience with groundbreaking education & a patented New Options Chain that is a true game-changer for the industry!

But to elevate the experience, Felix finally gives OptionsGeek Members access to Hedge Fund-like Trading Ideas that offer incredible risk-reward.

So, if you're interested in trading for big gains, there is no better guide than Felix Frey.

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Top Options Expert Shows You How to Buy Puts 

how to buy puts

An underappreciated part of options trading is knowing how to buy puts. And let's be clear upfront, I'm not talking about pressing buttons on an App.

Anyone can understand that.

I'm talking about knowing how to buy put options to increase your chances of long-term success within a larger options trading strategy.

Stocks Go Up, So Why Buy Puts?

Most beginner investors generally think about buying Call options. And why not?

Markets have proven to go up over time. Since the 2020 Covid low, the S&P500 seemed to go up every day.

But there’s another reason. 

Call options have an embedded hedge, meaning you can only lose the amount of money you put in. This makes it easy to rationalize that buying Put options to profit when markets go down isn't necessary.

To some extent that's fair.

But once you start buying several Call options in different stocks, your account simply grows into a leveraged long portfolio.

And portfolios need hedges.

Buying Puts is a Process

Here's the harsh reality.

If you're playing options, then sooner or later you’ll figure out the importance of knowing how to buy puts. 

Unfortunately, most investors learn that the hard way... after taking serious losses when the market turns lower.

And even if you understand Put Options, the process of trading them is not so easy.

Yes, Puts make money when the markets go down, but even then they often end up as losers. 

Knowing how to buy puts involves a process with several parts:

  • When do you buy puts?
  • Which puts do you buy?
  • How many puts do you buy?
  • When do you sell them?

In a nutshell, understanding how to buy puts is a learned skill that requires a strong fundamental understanding of options, pattern recognition, and experience.


"Buying Puts?  

But Markets Go Up & Always Bounce Back."

- Most New Investors that Discover Options

OptionsGeek Members Know How to Buy Put Options

OptionsGeek's Winning Picks Premium Service buys options with great risk-reward opportunities.

The program generally buys Call Options on specific stocks and buys Put options on stocks and ETFs. While the ETF put options act as a hedge to our portfolio, I treat them as high-probability money-making positions. 

In a moment, I will show you every ETF Put option bought in Winning Picks Premium over the last two years. But first, let's take a look at the market (S&P 500) over that same time frame.

how to buy puts - SPY chart 2019-2022

"Portfolios need hedges."

- Felix Frey

Since November 2019 until January 2022, the market is UP 62%.

You can see in the SPY (S&P 500) chart above that it essentially went straight up except for 5 weeks in late-February to Mid-March.

It ain’t easy making money buying Puts in that environment.

But here’s some interesting facts about the Winning Picks Premium Service

There were 274 trade ideas during this time frame:

  • We bought ETF Puts 19.3% of the time, or 53x. This does not include buying Puts on stocks.
  • For ETF Puts, we mainly buy SPY puts, but we're also buying Puts in ARKK, IWM, and HYG.
  • 26 of the 53 ETF puts reached triple-digit returns. That’s 49%!
  • Only 11 of 51** puts, or 21.5%, expired in positive territory.
  • 32 of 51** ETF puts, or 62.7%, expired at $0.

What does this Buying Put data mean?

The 49% stat should tell you that I have done a phenomenal job choosing the right time frames to hedge.

Yes, it’s 50-50 to be right guessing up or down. But that stat is not just about direction.

You must be right on the direction AND (a capital “and”) the put option must reach TRIPLE-DIGIT returns!

Options Plan Tips

Trust me, the last part of that requirement is most difficult.

Maybe more interestingly, only 21.5% of all these hedges ended positive. This means that buying puts in these ETFs lost money 78.5% of the time if you held them until expiration.

And worse, 62.7% of these ETF put options expired at $0!

OptionsGeek Members rarely hold options until expiration and certainly do not ride them to $0. We strategically manage the risk with predetermined markers.

When trading options, it’s crucial to have a plan that manages the gains as they happen, especially when buying puts because put options tend to give back any big gains quicker than Call options. 

An Options Plan is a key focus at OptionsGeek.


** I did not include the two put positions (SPY Put Spread & IWM Puts) from the last two weeks because there is still time for the market to reverse.

"Buying Puts at just the right time is only the beginning. Then you have to pick the right option and size it correctly. After that, you have to carefully manage any gains because if you don't, winning Puts have a tendency to give back gains quickly. This takes a deeper understanding of what you're doing. But if you can do all that, Puts can give you the biggest gains of your life."

- Felix Frey

WINNING PICKS PREMIUM SERVICE

Buying Puts on 53 ETFs

(SPY, ARKK, IWM, HYG) Between November 2019 - January 2022

49% Reach Triple-Digit Returns!!!

how to buy puts - chart 2021-2022

Get Winning Picks Premium Service With the Incredible Guarantee! 

Winning Picks Premium Logo

Get 2-4 Premium Trade Ideas Sent to Your Inbox Each Week

Save Time & Trade Smarter With Great Risk Reward Options Trades Consistently Reaching 150 - 400% Returns.

OG Results Table 2019
OG Results Table 2020
WP Monthly Results Table 2021 thru September
Satisfaction Guarantee

Incredible Guarantee!

I'm so confident in my ability to help you achieve your long term goals that I am willing to make you an incredible Guarantee. For Annual Members Only, I guarantee delivering you 50 trades that reach triple-digit positive returns (greater or equal to 100%) from my published price limit over the course of your 1 year membership. That averages to almost 1 per week. If I don't reach that limit then you can simply email me and I will give you the next year for free. It's that simple!

Check out the details of the individual trades...

Each bar in these Monthly charts represents 1 trade. The chart shows the range of the option (grey) along with estimated profits (green) and losses (red) on each trade. The estimated "Performance" returns assume an equal investment on every trade.

March 2019

Winning Picks Results March bar diagram
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on March 29 118 thru 128

April 2019

Wp April roi bar chart
April Options Data

May 2019

WP May Bar Results 2
May Options Data

June 2019

Wp june roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on June 28 154 thru 164

July 2019

Wp july roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on July 31 165 thru 178

August 2019

Wp August roi bar chart results
WP August Options Data

September 2019

Wp September roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on September 30 194 thru 206

October 2019

Wp October roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on October 30 207 thru 219

November 2019

WP November Bar Results 2
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on November 27 220 thru 230

December 2019

WP December Bar Results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on December 30 231 thru 242

January 2020

WP January Bar Results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on January 31 243 thru 254

February 2020

WP February Bar Results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on February 28 255 thru 265

March 2020

Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on March 30 266 thru 273

April 2020

Wp April 2020 roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on April 30 274 thru 284

May 2020

Wp May 2020 roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on May 4 285 thru 294

June 2020

Wp June 2020 roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on June 30 295 thru 308

July 2020

Wp July 2020 roi bar chart results
Best Options Trading Signals Winning Picks Weekly Results on July 30 309 thru 319

August 2020

OG Results Aug 2020

September 2020

OG Results Sep 2020

October 2020

OG Results Oct 2020

November 2020

OG Results Nov 2020

December 2020

OG Results Dec 2020

January 2021

WP Monthly Returns January 2021

February 2021

WP Monthly Returns February 2021

March 2021

WP Monthly Returns March 2021

April 2021

WP Monthly Returns April  2021

May 2021

WP Monthly Returns May  2021

June 2021

WP Monthly Returns June 2021

July 2021

WP Monthly Returns July 2021

August 2021

WP Monthly Returns August 2021

September 2021

WP Monthly Returns September 2021

October 2021 (Coming Soon)

November 2021 (Coming Soon)

December 2021 (Coming Soon)

Note: Past results are not indicative of future performance.These are not actual results by any one member, in most cases they are conservative. It is an illustration of equal investments in each trade idea offered. Results are not compounded returns. Trades are consistently rolling off, whether winners or losers. Stop-losses of 50% are recommended and staggered positive exits are put in place by each individual at his own discretion. The Program offers several different possible strategies and teaches you how to determine which levels best suit you. Ultimately, that decision is left to the Member. All past trades are documented and presented to all Members in the Members Area. Almost all trades are presented to Members before the market opens to give each Member the same starting point. Results vary according to the members own plan relating to their entry and exit strategy.

Learn How To Do It Yourself

$397.00 one-time

Lifetime Membership

  • The Best Options Education
  • Includes 1M of Winning Picks
  • 1-on-1 Coaching Offer (Limited)

GET MORE DETAILS

Learn... While I Do It For You

Annual Membership

WP Premium logo

$166.42 per month

Billed Annually

  • 2-4 Trading Ideas Per Week
  • Includes 3 Steps to Profit
  •  Satisfaction Guarantee

GET MORE DETAILS

Felix Frey

Felix Frey is a Wharton graduate and an accomplished 20-year Wall Street veteran with senior positions at the Top Investment Banks and the Head Trader at a prestigious New York Hedge Fund, Scoggin Capital Management.

He left Wall Street to create OptionsGeek, a unique options platform that offers all investors a world-class experience with groundbreaking education & a patented New Options Chain that is a true game-changer for the industry!

But to elevate the experience, Felix finally gives OptionsGeek Members access to Hedge Fund-like Trading Ideas that offer incredible risk-reward.

So, if you're interested in trading for big gains, there is no better guide than Felix Frey.