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The Complete Option Track Record for Buying Calls and Puts

Ken Trester, Managing, Editor of The Complete Option Report, has personally traded the options markets every year since it opened to the public in 1973. 

In 1983 Ken began editing an options newsletter for investors like you and has continued to do so except for two years — 1999 and 2000 — when he took a well earned sabbatical leave.

His newsletter has never had a losing year. That's an incredibly profitable record. But is he perfect? No he is not.

Ken plays mathematical percentages (he is a former college professor of statistics and computer science). Ken is the first to admit that he can take several losses in a row before he hits big. I want to be clear. Ken takes losses, as a subscriber you will as well.

A One Year Track Record Only

We publish a one year track record once every calendar year. We do not publish weekly or monthly track records simply because they are deceptive.

We believe that ALL trading and investing -- in stocks, mutual funds and in options --- is a long term venture. Any slice representing a few weeks or even months is not an accurate reading on either the up side or the down side.

Ken has winning streaks, losing streaks and times that are distributed with both winners and losers.

The 2012 Track Record

This track record is theoretical and assumes that you were able to take profits at the profit goal option price ( price and estimates were made when data was not available) or exit at the stop-loss option price when the stock hit the profit goal or closed below the stop-loss stock price. or were able to get the corresponding option price in the Option Box at the end of the 3-week hold period . These option prices were determine by their implied volatility at the start of the strategy. Commissions are not included in these track record results. There is high risk in option trading. You can lose your whole investment. Our past results are theoretical no actual positions are taken. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve a profit. In fact, there are sharp differences between hypothetical performance and actual results. Some trading skill is needed to achieve good results. We advise all investors that it should not be assumed that present or future recommendations will be profitable or equal past performance.

A summary of the results for our plays shows that we recommended 98 positions and 42 were profitable(the stock hit profit goal or was positive  after the hold period). If you would have purchased one of each of the options, you would have invested $10,096. Your profit before commissions would have been $1,705 or a 16.9% return for holding the position a maximum of three weeks. Here the annualized return would been several hundred percent. 18% hit the profit goal and 43% were profitable .  As in previous years several positions almost hit their profit goal but eventually were stopped out. Therefore, be aggressive about taking profits on half of your position even if it does not hit the profit goal. Several stocks went much further beyond the profit goal. That is why it is important to let half of your position ride when you take profits with a trailing stop, even beyond the 3-week time period.

Credit spreads in 2012:  84 total positions opened, 63 profitable, for a 75% win rate,  54% return on margin - Ken Trester

The 2011 Track Record

This track record is theoretical and assumes that you were able to take profits at the profit goal option price (two option was priced after a gap up in the stock price and estimates were made when data was not available) or exit at the stop-loss option price when the stock hit the profit goal or closed below the stop-loss stock price. or were able to get the corresponding option price in the Option Box at the end of the 3-week hold period . These option prices were determined by their implied volatility at the start of the strategy. Commissions are not included in these track record results. There is high risk in option trading. You can lose your whole investment. Our past results are theoretical no actual positions are taken. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve a profit. In fact, there are sharp differences between hypothetical performance and actual results. Some trading skill is needed to achieve good results. We advise all investors that it should not be assumed that present or future recommendations will be profitable or equal past performance.

A summary of the results for our plays shows that we recommended 98 positions and 37 were profitable (the stock hit profit goal or was positive  after the hold period). If you would have purchased one of each of the options, you would have invested $11.047. Your profit before commissions would have been $3300 or a 29.9% return for holding the position a maximum of three weeks. Here the annualized return would been several hundred percent. 15.3% hit the profit goal and 37.7% were profitable.  As in previous years several positions almost hit their profit goal but eventually were stopped out. Therefore, be aggressive about taking profits on half of your position even if it does not hit the profit goal. Several stocks went much further beyond the profit goal. That is why it is important to let half of your position ride when you take profits with a trailing stop, even beyond the 3-week time period. -Ken Trester

The 2010 Track Record

This track record is theoretical and assumes that you were able to take profits at the profit goal option price (two options were priced after a gap up in the stock price and estimates were made when data was not available) or exit at the stop-loss option price when the stock hit the profit goal or closed below the stop-loss stock price. or were able to get the corresponding option price in the Option Box at the end of the 3-week hold period. These option prices were determined by their implied volatility at the start of the strategy.

Commissions are not included in these track record results. There is high risk in option trading. You can lose your whole investment. Our past results are theoretical no actual positions are taken. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve a profit. In fact, there are sharp differences between hypothetical performance and actual results. Some trading skill is needed to achieve good results. We advise all investors that it should not be assumed that present or future recommendations will be profitable or equal past performance.

A summary of the results for our key options plays in 2010 shows that we recommended 100 positions . 34 % hit their profit goal and 52% were profitable (the stock price hit profit goal or was positive or even after the hold period). If you would have purchased one of each of the options, you would have invested $11,280. Your profit before commissions would have been $3,610 or a 32 % return for holding the position a maximum of three weeks. Here the annualized return would been over 600 percent. As in previous years several positions almost hit their profit goal but eventually were stopped out. Therefore, be aggressive about taking profits on part of your position even if it does not hit the profit goal. Several stocks went further beyond the profit goal. That is why it is important to let part of your position ride when you take profits with a trailing stop, even beyond the 3-week time period.  -Ken Trester

The 2009 Track Record

This track record is theoretical and assumes that you were able to take profits at the profit goal option price (two options was priced after a gap up or down in the stock price and estimates were made when data was not available) or exit at the stop-loss option price when the stock hit the profit goal or closed below the stop-loss stock price. or were able to get the corresponding option price in the Option Box at the end of the 3-week hold period. These option prices were determine by their implied volatility at the start of the strategy.

Commissions are not included in these track record results. There is high risk in option trading. You can lose your whole investment. Our past results are theoretical no actual positions are taken. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve a profit. In fact, there are sharp differences between hypothetical performance and actual results. Some trading skill is needed to achieve good results. We advise all investors that it should not be assumed that present or future recommendations will be profitable or equal past performance.

A summary of the results for our key options plays shows that we recommended 95 positions . 25 % hit their profit goal and 46% were profitable (the stock price hit profit goal or was positive after the hold period). If you would have purchased one of each of the options, you would have invested $10,640 but the most your have invested at any one time would be about $600.  Your profit before commissions would have been $1,630 or a 15.3 % return for holding the position a maximum of three weeks. Here the annualized return would have been over 250%.  As in previous years several positions almost hit their profit goal but eventually were stopped out. Therefore, be aggressive about taking profits on part of your position even if it does not hit the profit goal. Several stocks went much further beyond the profit goal. That is why it is important to let part of your position ride when you take profits with a trailing stop, even beyond the 3-week time period. -Ken Trester

The 2008 Track Record

This is the most recent complete tracking period. And it was Ken's 26th consecutive winning streak.

A summary of the results for our key options plays shows that we recommended 106 positions . 35% hit their profit goal and 47% were profitable (the stock price hit profit goal or was positive or even after the hold period).

If you would have purchased one of each of the options, you would have invested $15,375. Your profit before commissions would have been $3,740 or a 24.4 % return for holding the position a maximum of three weeks. Here the annualized return would have been over 500%.

As in previous years several positions almost hit their profit goal but eventually were stopped out. Therefore, be aggressive about taking profits on part of your position even if it does not hit the profit goal. Several stocks went much further beyond the profit goal. That is why it is important to let part of your position ride when you take profits with a trailing stop, even beyond the 3-week time period.

The 2007 Track Record

2007 marked his 25th anniversary of consecutive wins in the options market.
A summary of the results for our key options plays shows that we recommended 106 positions . 26.4 % hit their profit goal and 42.4% were profitable (the stock price hit profit goal or was positive or even after the hold period). 

If you would have purchased one of each of the options, you would have invested $12,844.

Your profit before commissions would have been $2,071 or a 16.1 % return for holding the position a maximum of three weeks. Here the annualized return would be several hundred percent. As in previous years several positions almost hit their profit goal but eventually were stopped out. Therefore, be aggressive about taking profits on part of your position even if it does not hit the profit goal. Several stocks went further beyond the profit goal.

That is why it is important to let part of your position ride when you take profits with a trailing stop, even beyond the 3-week time period.

The 2006 Track Record 

2006 marked his 24th anniversary of consecutive wins in the options market.

A summary of the results for our key profit box options plays shows that we recommended 105 positions . 33% hit their profit goal and 43.8% were profitable (the stock price hit profit goal or was positive after the hold period). If you would have purchased one of each of the options, you would have invested $12,530. 

Your profit before commissions would have been $2,605 or a 20.7% return for holding the position a maximum of three weeks. Here the annualized return would been several hundred percent. As in previous years several positions almost hit their profit goal but eventually were stopped out. 

Therefore, be aggressive about taking profits on part of your position even if it does not hit the profit goal. Several stocks went further beyond the profit goal. That is why it is important to let part of your position ride when you take profits with a trailing stop, even beyond the 3-week time period. 

Option Spreading

Over the years Ken's spread trades have profited about 88% of the time year in and year.  The profit for each spread runs between 50 and 100%.  Spreading has it own unique risks and advantages and is appropriate for advanced traders.

The Details

This track record is theoretical and assumes that you were able to take profits at the profit goal option price (two options were priced after a gap up in the stock price and estimates were made when data was not available) or exit at the stop-loss option price when the stock hit the profit goal or closed below the stop-loss stock price. or were able to get the corresponding option price in the Option Box at the end of the 3-week hold period. These option prices were determine by their implied volatility at the start of the strategy.

Commissions are not included in these track record results. There is high risk in option trading. You can lose your whole investment. Our past results are theoretical no actual positions are taken. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve a profit. In fact, there are sharp differences between hypothetical performance and actual results. Some trading skill is needed to achieve good results. We advise all investors that it should not be assumed that present or future recommendations will be profitable or equal past performance. -Ken Trester

How Ken Makes Money

As noted above Ken's system for buying options produces a winner about 50% of the time. A one-in-two winner may not sound so hot, but that's all you need when you play the high payoff -- triple digit -- probabilities consistently. This is, without doubt, a long term options program.

Ken system is disciplined in that he takes small losses on about half of his recommendations while taking large -- often triple digit profits.  

As you can see with this technique the long term has been historically profitable.

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Legal, Publishing and Trading Information:  The Complete Option Report is published by Ultimate Option Strategies Company; 1494 Union Street San Diego, California. Managing Editor: Ken Trester. Senior Editor: Jeff Carter Publisher: Ron Jackson. It is a violation of United States laws to duplicate or reprint this publication for redistribution in any quantity without permission. Copyright ©2009-2010. All rights reserved. We advise all readers that there can be high risk in options trading. You can lose your entire investment. Individual results may vary from those achieved by the newsletter, and no actual investment positions are taken by the newsletter. It cannot be assumed that present or future recommendations will be profitable or equal past performance. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable but there is no guarantee it is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon. This publication should only be used by sophisticated investors who are fully aware of the risks in options trading. Additional Legal Notices and Terms of Purchase.