Why Trading is More Accessible Than Ever
By - Dan Raju, CEO at Tradier on Jun 29, 2021 at 4:22:46 PM


Although the rise of retail trading may seem like an overnight phenomenon, the surge has been a couple of years in the making. Many people credit COVID-19 with the rise of retail traders, also called individual traders, and it certainly did increase participation. However, a big takeaway from today’s trading environment is that regardless of the pandemic, trading is more accessible than ever. This is due to several reasons. 

New Tools and Technologies 

The data and research tools that were once available only for traditional brokerage firms are now available for anyone to use. This puts more power in the hands of the individual trader than ever before.

In late 2019, a new trend emerged that welcomed many new, individual traders into the trading world: commission-free trading. Commission-free trading quickly became an industry standard, and shifted the way people thought about trading. 

With commission-free trading came commission-free trading apps and platforms. Today, there is a huge variety of trading platforms and mobile app offerings to choose from. Great offerings not only allow you to trade from your phone, but they also contain built-in tools that can enable you to trade more efficiently. Some of the most in-demand tools are backtesting, advanced charts, and paper trading, which enable you to test out strategies without putting any money on the line. 

More (Free) Resources 

Much of the mystery and mystique behind trading is fading due to the availability of free educational resources on the internet. These range from articles and podcasts to YouTube channels dedicated to topics like how to break into trading, the different habits that traders build, and how to utilize certain options strategies and techniques. Free resources are a great tool for people of all ages who want to learn about trading without investing too much time or money trying to make it happen all on their own. 

Stronger Communities 

Trading has also been made more accessible with the growth of online communities. These communities span social media platforms like Twitter, Discord, Slack, and Reddit.

According to Insider, Discord has over 4,000 groups dedicated to trading and investing. People in those servers discuss market trends, options and stocks they’re buying, and positions they’re taking.  

Twitter and Reddit might be the most popular social media platforms for trading communities. If you’re familiar with the GameStop short squeeze from earlier this year, you’re likely already familiar with the subreddit, r/wallstreetbets. The subreddit is infamous for its memes and dedicated members, as well as their daily discussions where members discuss their next moves and strategies. 

Forums like r/wallstreetbets are a testament to the growing shareability of stock market trends and concepts, and they’re not likely to go anywhere soon, especially given the younger generations who are now becoming interested in stocks, bitcoin, and NFTs.  

A Perfect Storm

By 2020, the online brokerage industry had already shifted toward greater accessibility for all kinds of traders and investors. The pandemic environment of COVID-19 opened the door even wider: people had more time on their hands at home to try out trading for the first time or fine-tune their portfolios. From February 2020 to February 2021, over 13 million new brokerage accounts entered the market. Spikes in trading volume became commonplace. 

According to Bloomberg Intelligence via The Wall Street Journal, individual investors accounted for an estimated 19.5% of U.S. equity trading volume in 2020. This was an increase of 4% compared to 2019 and double the amount in 2010. More and more, individual investors and traders are claiming a stake in the market.

Now that we’re coming out of the pandemic, retail trading habits have settled down a bit. However, trading (and interest in trading) remains more accessible than ever, thanks to the technology and trends that have opened it up to larger audiences. 

Explore Your Options 

For free options learning and stock market analysis, check out our YouTube channel, OptionsBrewTV. We post educational content every week, with guest appearances by financial experts, entrepreneurs, and experienced traders.

We also partnered with Bubba Trading to create a (free) six-course series all about options trading in 2021. The series covers beginner basics, strategies, and more. Check it out here

Market Report Bulls Run Wild, Fireworks Coming
By Todd Horwitz on Jun 27, 2021 at 8:32:11 AM

 Market Report Bulls Run Wild, Fireworks Coming



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist BubbaTrading.com

Be Prepared not Surprised.

Last week we asked the question; was the trend changing? We warned that although markets looked like there was trouble not to get too aggressive. Last week saw the S+P and Nasdaq made new highs while the Dow and Russell got close.

This is why we always warn that markets are always right opinions seldom are. Between the pundits and other market prognosticators they usually give misleading information. Always watch and trade from the price action, that will guide you in the most probable direction.

No surprise that the top option strategies remain bullish with long calls leading the way. They are closely followed by Bull Put Spreads, Bull Puts, Bull Call Spreads. We must move down the list to find any bearish strategies.

When it comes to options, we must remember that we don’t know the other side of the trade which means they could be bullish on the surface. However, based on the price action and the VIX it appears there is more room to run.

The bullish action comes heavily in tech led by QQQ, AMD, TSLA, AAPL and ROKU while the bear symbols are led by SPY, GLD, COST, HD and XLE. The bears symbols are consistent with what is happening in retail and metals.

As traders and investors, we have one thing to remember, follow the trend of the market. Be patient disciplined and leave your emotions out. The most important thing to remember is money management and self-control. 

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz


Interesting Harvard Study on Trading Volumes and News Cycles
By - Dan Raju, CEO at Tradier on Jun 22, 2021 at 8:25:24 AM

Link to the Harvard Study

Had a blast reading this. This study may be much sweeter for a few of my friends who are hungry Data Ninjas but certainly carries some fascinating timely facts. For those who may NOT want to dedicate your weekend to this, let me give you my quick take.

I thought that this study was fascinating as it seems to explain some of the recent Meme Trading behaviors. The paper analyzes clicks on 3.5 million financial news articles tagged with U.S. securities over the course of 12 months. It finds that, not only is trading volume directly related to informational and content releases but, also what is fascinating is that the model under which such information is dispersed or consumed has a substantial impact too. Incremental or Gradual informational dispersion and subsequent small byte consumption( I call it Tik-Tok-like) create enhanced engagement and subsequent trading behavior changes. It also finds that disagreement induced by differential timing of news consumption is strongly predictive of the trading volume.

I really think that WhatsApp groups, Reddit communities, and large day online trading forums result in an environment that creates incremental informational dispersion.

- Dan Raju | CEO  



Market Report Is the Trend Changing
By Todd Horwitz on Jun 20, 2021 at 9:40:50 AM

 Market Report Is the Trend Changing?



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist BubbaTrading.com

Be Prepared not Surprised.

Last week was packed with economic data, the FED, PPI, and triple witching expiration. What looked like a market that was going to continue higher turned out to be a possible trend change and possibly the end of the bull market.

We do not predict we watch the price action, and this week will go a long way towards determining where they go next. We recognize a trend change in the DOW and the S+P is close, but the Nasdaq is still full speed ahead. Typically, the indices end up going in the same direction, which one is right?

Although we are seeing many reasons to believe that the markets are ready to turn but the option markets appear to be sending a different message. The strategies continue to be bullish with call buying leading the way again. Rounding out the top five are bullish as well with bull puts and bull put spreads.

Making the bull case are AAPL, ROKU, RMO, TSAL and BABA. On the bear side there is QQQ, SPY, DOCU, NTAP and TTWO. We are seeing a mixed bag of information which ties in with the consolidating markets on the verge of a trend change.

As traders and investors, we have one thing to remember, follow the trend of the market. Be patient disciplined and leave your emotions out. The most important thing to remember is money management and self-control. 

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz


Market Report Nothing can stop the rally
By Todd Horwitz on Jun 13, 2021 at 7:52:37 AM

 Market Report Nothing can stop the rally



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist BubbaTrading.com

Be Prepared not Surprised.

As we have been writing for the last few weeks the markets are going to new highs. Last week the S+P achieved new highs while the Russell and Nasdaq were close. The Dow is the weakest but still in an uptrend. These quiet complacent conditions should continue to lead the markets higher.

This week the FED makes its decision on interest rates and there is virtually no chance that they will change their cheap money policy. It is obvious that they are clueless or hiding something with the same old story on transitory inflation. The CPI numbers indicate the FED is wrong.

Call buyers continue to lead the pack while selling naked puts is gaining momentum which knocks the VIX lower. Although the VIX is trading at 15 the action indicates its around 10. With the bullish positioning of selling Put spreads, covered calls and call spreads indications are the markets will continue higher.

The rally is being led by AMZN, AAPL, NIO, TSLA and TLRY which are tech and pot. Although there is little bearish action there are a few symbols being pressured. SPY, IWM, MSFT, NDX and BIIB. Interesting that there is bearish action in SPY and BIIB both making new highs last week.

As traders and investors, we have one thing to remember, follow the trend of the market. Be patient disciplined and leave your emotions out. The most important thing to remember is money management and self-control. 

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz


Trade Unafraid: Trading on Autopilot
By - Dan Raju, CEO at Tradier on Jun 9, 2021 at 8:29:48 PM


Most traders learn this lesson at one point or another: even if you are armed with great trading tools and a great strategy, it is hard to follow a trading plan to the T every time. Emotions and impulsivity often get in the way of leading productive trading strategies or mitigating loss. 

Aiming for Efficiency  

Founder and CEO of Grey Matter, LLC, Lee Grey wished for a platform that would help him prepare strategies and execute them efficiently, so he built one: Trade Unafraid. 

Trade Unafraid is for the trader who wants to execute plans with precision and without strategy-killing emotion. It helps you form your strategy, then executes it automatically, leaving you to relax on autopilot.

We asked Founder and CEO Lee Grey some questions about his vision, his product, and what customers think about Trade Unafraid. Read on to learn more about Grey’s product and vision. 

What is Trade Unafraid?

Trade Unafraid is an automated trading platform . . . [It’s] your trading wingman, and an easier-to-use trading platform, all in one. With Trade Unafraid, you create a Trade Plan consisting of a setup, filters, and the exit tactics of your choice. It can execute the whole Trade Plan on its own, or you can manually override if you choose. It will dynamically adjust candle trails, take profits, and even detect reversals, all with the goal of minimizing losses, maximizing gains, and reducing the stress of managing trades.”

Platform Screenshot 2

What prompted you to create Trade Unafraid? 

“I love the idea of patterns and artificial intelligence that can detect what the market will do next. The problem is the market doesn’t always do what it’s ‘supposed’ to. So, for a trader like me, Trade Unafraid’s ability to execute a plan is so powerful. It exits without a problem, and typically with a much smaller loss than I would have taken manually.” 

What do you think online investors are looking for?

Traders are looking for some kind of edge trading against machines that are better funded, less emotional, and faster than they are. When used properly, Trade Unafraid should protect traders from those emotional, account-killing decisions, like doubling down, holding beyond your stop . . . and all the other damaging moves that human traders are inclined to make.”

What do clients love about your product?

“We’ve all heard ‘Plan your trade, and trade your plan,’ but that can be difficult for some and far too coarse for others. A plan with three prices, an entry, a stop, and a target is fraught with emotional moments along the way. Trade Unafraid is the perfect balance of automation and manual trading. Even in the midst of a trade plan, the trader can step in and override anything about it far easier than in conventional trading tools. For example, in your standard trading tools, if you have an OCO bracket and decide you want to take a partial profit, there are multiple steps required to reduce the quantity of the bracket and create a new market or limit order to exit a portion. With Trade Unafraid, you simply click a button, and the software handles all of the order changes automatically.” 

Platform Screenshot Mine 

What technology was employed to build Trade Unafraid?

“The architecture is something special that we don’t get to talk about often.  Each user gets their own private server for performance and security.  Each server is located in New York, so people around the world have the benefit of their trades originating near the exchange. The server software is written in Java and makes heavy use of reactive streams for low-latency. The user interface, written in React, runs in a browser, so it is not limited by operating system.”

What do customers say about Trade Unafraid?

“We have some very enthusiastic users. Two-thirds of our beta testers became paying customers.”

These are some comments from our users:

Best solution in town :), and also very good support from Ethan and Lee!

I am excited to learn better how to manipulate the Trade Afraid software and to be able to put in orders that have multiple profit targets and a stopless all in one order entry.......it is so amazing!!

With Trade Unafraid, I can see myself building my own trading robot that makes money without getting emotionally involved with trades. This is going to be huge in my opinion.  

What is your relationship with Tradier?

“Over the years that we have been developing Trade Unafraid, we have had the opportunity to interact with most of the Tradier founders and executive team. We have always found them to be accessible, supportive, and professional. There are some ways that I believe Trade Unafraid has pushed Tradier’s API beyond prior users’ needs, and we have found Tradier’s team to be responsive and agile in meeting those needs.”

Find Out More  

Tradier users can get their first two months of Trade Unafraid at the discounted rate of $50 per month. Simply enter the promo code TRADIER at checkout.

For more information about Trade Unafraid, visit their site or check out their YouTube channel to see the platform in action.

To learn more about how Tradier delivers trading capabilities to partners, developers, and traders, visit our site.


About Lee Grey 

Founder and CEO Lee Grey has worked in the world of enterprise software and integration since leaving avionics in 2000. Early in his software career, Lee published Option Insight, a popular retail options trading product. An electrical engineering summa cum laude graduate from Georgia Tech, he has worked on complex software systems as varied as flight simulators, avionics, and large financial systems. Lee has also spent substantial time implementing several algorithmic trading systems.


Market Report New highs coming
By Todd Horwitz on Jun 6, 2021 at 7:27:40 AM

 Market Report New highs coming



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist BubbaTrading.com

Be Prepared not Surprised.

Here we go again, markets headed for new highs. The rally rolls on with the lousy jobs on Friday adding fuel to the run higher. All expectations are the FED will continue with cheap money and basically 0 FED funds cost. It only proves that the FED is clueless and once will be wrong.

Last week markets came of the deck and came within one percent of all time new highs. Across the board we see all indices withing spitting distance of records. Many will give reasons that the markets will go lower however, the trend is up and there is no reasonable belief that this rally will fail.

Friday’s Jobs number was pathetic into a market that jobs should be exploding. The economy is opening and there should have been over a million new jobs. The problem here is the stimulus and lack of desire for many to go back to work. This is a sad state when government pays people with taxpayer dollars which keeps them from working.

The bullish symbols have had a little shake up with COST reversing directions from bearish to bullish. QQQ, TME, SPX and AAPL round out the top five. On the Bear side we see SPY, NKE, XLE, TWLO and PTON. It appears that tech is once again leading the way. Look for a record next week on light volume.

During this record run in prices long Calls has been the number one strategy each week for a record amount of time. As we look at the top 5 strategies for last week the top five were all bullish. The top five were, long calls, Bull Put Spreads, Bull Puts, Bull call Spreads and Call calendars. With the falling VIX markets are expected to continue higher.

As traders and investors, we have one thing to remember, follow the trend of the market. Be patient disciplined and leave your emotions out. The most important thing to remember is money management and self-control. 

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz


Market Report: Bulls Take back Control
By Todd Horwitz on May 23, 2021 at 1:06:01 PM

 Market Report: Bulls Take back Control



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist BubbaTrading.com

Be Prepared not Surprised.

For the past couple of weeks, the bears looked like they were going to take control of the markets. Once again, they failed, and the bulls are clearly in charge. There are many questions that must be answered, will the markets reach new highs? Can the cheap money and stimulus continue to drive markets higher? When will the bubble pop?

There are many reasons to believe this market will fall apart however the market is never wrong. For now, the markets want to go higher, nothing else matters. The FED continues to create new money to satisfy old debt which is the same as a Ponzi scheme. Remember, markets are driven by money and the money is buying.

On the option side call buyers continue to lead the markets followed by more bullish strategies, naked put selling, bull put spreads and call calendars. The VIX is falling creating more bullish sentiment and complacency. We know that at some point the rally will end but the street is full of those who thought they could predict what will happen next.

The top bullish symbols are a mixed bag from all indices including QQQ, TSLA, SQ, IWM and FB. The bears are led by SPY, COST, PTON, MSFT and USO. The mix on both sides of the markets indicate this rally is broad and could be headed to new highs.

As traders and investors, we have one thing to remember, follow the trend of the market. Be patient disciplined and leave your emotions out. The most important thing to remember is money management and self-control.  

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz


Market Report: Inflation is Transitory
By Todd Horwitz on May 9, 2021 at 10:34:51 AM

 Market Report Inflation is Transitory



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist BubbaTrading.com

Be Prepared not Surprised.

Another week and more new highs. If you haven’t noticed that market recognizes no bad news as witnessed by Friday’s jobs number. We saw one of the worst job numbers in years with a rising unemployment rate. However, the bad number is likely to keep the cheap money rolling and the FED rates at zero.

On top of a bad jobs number the FED now has a new word for the unrecognized spiking inflation. The word is transitory which is their way of keeping rates at zero and missing their moving target of inflation. Add to the mix the ridiculous stimulus and employers can’t find people to work. All of this adds up to new highs in markets.

The option market basically stayed the same with call buyers leading the way followed closely by bull put spreads. The VIX continues to drop because of the cash secured puts and covered calls being sold. Out of the top 10 strategies only three lead to a bearish sentiment. The option market continues to signal more new highs to come.

What is surprising is the leadership that continues to propel markets higher. Although the Nasdaq was lower last week the top of the list of bullish symbols continue to be tech related. The top five are AAPL, DKNG, MSFT, QQQ and AMZN. The bear side is being led by SPY, XLF, VXX, ZM and PTON.

This is a strange market based on the leadership but every week we see more new highs. The message the market is sending is the same, there is nowhere else to go, and investors will continue to chase yield. Don’t try and pick the top, go with the flow until something changes.

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz


Noted investor educators, OptionsANIMAL announces the upcoming launch of Trader Oasis: a redefining commission-free investor experience that delivers mentorship and tailormade active trading features.
By - Dan Raju, CEO at Tradier on May 4, 2021 at 11:51:36 PM

OptionsAnimal enters the retail active trader market to challenge existing legacy brokerage platforms.   


Charlotte, NC, May 4, 2020:   Popular educator and mentors, OptionsANIMAL, today announced a partnership with Tradier to launch their upcoming offering, TraderOasis. Trader Oasis is a totally unique stock and options trading platform that combines features based on decades of trader feedback. The launch of Trader Oasis will not only deliver custom features such as advanced volatility analysis, daily market commentary, trading ideas, and unparalleled risk analysis, but it will eliminate per contract commission fees that result in massive friction and costs for retail traders.

OptionsANIMAL has been helping traders with capital preservation, wealth creation, and has empowered them to take control of their own lives and reach their investment goals. The OptionsAnimal team and its Founder and CEO, Greg Jensen, are extremely popular among investors for their structured approach to investing and being relentless advocates for them. The launch of Trader Oasis is intended to extend their existing offerings with tools that will not only provide an edge but also save traders on fees they have otherwise paid to legacy brokers for decades. 

The OptionsANIMAL online trading classes are designed to improve our students’ quality of life by helping traders achieve the necessary skills to protect assets and achieve mastery of the trading strategies.

"The team at TraderOasis has a trader-first mentality. After decades of educating students, we have a clear understanding of what inhibits retail traders and what we can do to take their trading to the next level." said Greg Jensen. "Launching our own trading platform with a unique balance of advanced features, content, real-time mentor collaboration, and combining that with a zero contract and commission execution fits into our overall goal of investor empowerment."

 "We are excited to be a part of this mission to partner with companies who believe in empowering investors with innovation and a strong sense of commitment. Trader Oasis shall provide a better alternative to Active Investors who are currently left to choose between the fairly basic mobile apps and the rigid legacy offerings" said Dan Raju, CEO of Tradier.

Please contact info@traderoasis.com or visit TraderOasis.com 

About OptionsAnimal

OptionsANIMAL is a leading global investor educator that offers online trading classes designed to improve the quality of life of their students by helping them achieve the necessary skills to protect their assets, well-being, and to achieve mastery of options trading strategies.

About Trader Oasis

Trader Oasis Holdings LLC – Is a new trading platform that provides retail traders with the tools and knowledge to manage risk and leverage real-time market opportunities. Their leadership brings decades of professional experience teaching retail traders to be successful in any market trend. Trader Oasis Holdings LLC is based in Naperville IL and has a location in Pleasant Grove UT.

About Tradier Brokerage Inc.

Tradier Brokerage, Inc.—a member of FINRA and SIPCis an independent subsidiary of Tradier, Inc. The Brokerage API enables entrepreneurs, businesses, developers, and active traders to solve their trading and brokerage challenges using independent content and tool providers of their choice—at simple and competitive prices.


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