Mark Sebastian is a former member of both the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the American Stock Exchange. He is the founder of, a Chicago-based option education firm, and author of The Option Trader's Hedge Fund. Sebastian is also the managing editor for Expiring Monthly: The Option Traders Journal an all digital, all options magazine. He has a Bachelor's in Science from Villanova University. Expand

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Novice Trade: SPY Real Money Pro($)

With a pullback possible Friday, it's time to play short into the long weekend.

Advanced Trade: Tesla Real Money Pro($)

Hate the stock, the deal, the founder and the fact that it's going to go up.

Novice Trade: European Banks Real Money Pro($)

Deutsche Bank and all the rest should be fine -- but just in case...
With the Fed not raising, consumer staples are going to clean up.
Ultimately, calmer heads will prevail. 
It's nice to get confirmation from some of the big players in the pit.

Advanced Trade: VIX Real Money Pro($)

Trade the VIX in this very protected manner.

Intermediate Trade: FireEye Real Money Pro($)

Crazy call action throws entire September curve out of whack.
There is still embedded fear and it should be traded.

Novice Trade: VIX Real Money Pro($)

VIX July 15 puts have a really good risk/reward payout if I am right.


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