Reflecting on My Life & Trading During Thanksgiving

Reflecting on My Life & Trading During Thanksgiving

Posted On November 26, 2021 9:30 am

It’s that most wonderful time of the year.  I say that with a mouth stuffed full of sarcasm and a side of cynicism. But negativity, bad news, and bearishness are easy refuges for pessimists.

Despite recently penning some posts stating my concern regarding stock market valuation, Fed missteps, and dislike for the devolution of political discourse, I refuse to become a doom-and-gloomer. 

I’ve made too good a living, with too nice a lifestyle for too long for me to become anything but thankful. 

I want to show you my gratitude by allowing you to try out the Options360 Concierge Trading Service for only $7!

There’s just too much good going on in society, and too many people trying to make a positive impact to let the bad color your worldview. 

What I like most about Thanksgiving is that it has (so far) escaped partisan/political/religious/racial divides (yes, I know all about the original crazy, controversial Uncle Columbus) which allows everyone to express gratitude for the good things in their lives.  

If you think that the state of the world is terrible right now, you need to get some perspective…and also step away from Twitter. 

Sad but true: It will be the ninth straight year I won’t be spending this holiday with my children. However,  I’ve come to terms with it. It’s simply a function of divorce and I live in Florida while they reside in New York.  In fact, I’m thankful I don’t have to deal with the travel logistics or strained family dynamics.  Instead, I’ll chill with my brother this weekend, and spend unfettered time with the kids next week. I’m also thankful that I booked the trip early because NYC hotel prices are now totally out of control.  

They say money can’t buy happiness. But, I’d be in a much better mood if my standard room at a basic Doubletree hotel was less than $500 a night. 

Speaking of bargains, I’m significantly lowering the barrier to entry into my Options360 Trading Service. Claim your spot now for just $7 — before it’s gone!

Oops, I almost slipped into a negative mindset. Let me remind myself that 16 years ago, while my ex was pregnant with our daughter, I was diagnosed with cancer and wasn’t sure if I’d be around for anymore Thanksgivings, let alone watch my children grow up.  Just like the world at large, it’s not a perfect situation.  However, it’s far, far, better than it was a decade ago.  And most importantly, even if it comes in fits and starts, we’re all moving towards a more perfect coexistence. 

Outside of family, what I’m most thankful for is the lifestyle that trading has afforded me.  And a large part of that is the Options360 community where I get to both give and receive incredible rewards of monetary and emotional nature. 

For those that have been a part of the Options360 family, I say let’s keep the party going.  To others, I offer this humble invitation, with no strings attached, to… 

Join us at the table — Try the Options360 Concierge Trading Service out for the Limited-Time Black Friday price of $7!  


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Steve Smith

Steve Smith have been involved in all facets of the investment industry in a variety of roles ranging from speculator, educator, manager and advisor. This has taken him from the trading floors of Chicago to hedge funds on Wall Street to the world online. From 1987 to 1996, he served as a market maker at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). From 1997 to 2007, he was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for TheStreet.com, handling their Option Alert and Short Report newsletters. The Option Alert was awarded the MIN “best business newsletter” in 2006. From 2009 to 2013, Smith was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for Minyanville’s OptionSmith newsletter, as well as a Risk Manager Consultant for New Vernon Capital LLC. Smith acted as an advisor to build models and option strategies to reduce portfolio exposure and enhance returns for the four main funds. Since 2015, he has worked for Adam Mesh Trading Group. There, he has managed Options360 and Earning 360, been co-leader of Option Academy, and contributed to The Option Specialist website.