Trading with Ken Trester

Make the Same Trades I Make in My Personal Account

It may surprise you but I do not make any of the trades recommended in the newsletters that I edit and you receive.


The recommendations in the newsletter are designed for the average options trader with two thoughts in mind.

In the newsletter I am first concerned about keeping your risk low.  A big part of profitable options trading is keeping risk and losses low.

Second, I look for trades in the newsletter that are simple to implement with the highest degree of profitability.

But as a Professional Option Trader I can and do make higher risk trades that are not appropriate for most traders in my own account.

If You're Ready for More Aggressive Trading - Trading Like I Do - Read On

After months of internal discussion my staff and I have decided that many of you are sufficiently experienced that you may want to make the same trades I make, take a little more risk and probably make even more money.

Before I tell you how you can get personal access to my personal and private trades for just $25.00 I have a startling personal confession about option trading.

It's on page 114 of my newest book, Sure Bet Investing...

"Many students have asked me, what do I play?

"First, 80% of my option plays since 1973 have been option writing plays. Most of the option writing plays are naked puts where I don’t mind owning the stock….

"To protect against risk, I diversify, diversify, diversify and only take very small positions.

"Since 1973 from my own account I have made a profit every year writing options. I have never been hit by a bad loss even during the crash of 1987.

"What I love about option writing is that I win almost all the time. There is not another game where you can do that!"

Do You Qualify to Trade with Me?

Frankly I only want serious and experienced traders to subscribe.  Why?  Because I am a professional and so I take high risk trades that are not appropriate for the average guy.

Only you can decide if you're ready to walk with me - so read on to see if you qualify.  In a moment I'll describe my personal trades and how you can trade at my side.

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Your Current Options Service

I am not diminishing the importance, success and profitability of my recommendations you currently get from me.  Far from it.

 Right now you the best trades on publication day for most option traders. So for most traders you are already in the right place. Trading with Ken Trester maybe too advanced for you -- maybe not.

Remember Trading with Ken Trester is for active, aggressive, experienced and profit hungry traders.

But to give you a glimpse that is practically free you can start with me for just $25 for the first month. 

Try it - see if you like it -- if not you've not risked much.

My Personal Portfolio Track Record

Historically I construct my naked put writes to generate profitable income about 80- 90% of the time.   Of course your risk and mine is if the stock drops below the strike price.  If that occurs you may be forced to buy the stock.

So when I sell naked put I do so only with stocks I am comfortable with owning.  In fact on occasion I sell puts specifically to buy stock.   

When trading with me that is a consideration you must make about your own portfolio. 

Still in some cases and because of changing market conditions I will buy back the put writes to avoid buying the stock.  Obviously, in that case I will take a loss as will you. 

Still I rarely buy the stock.  In fact in the past 18 months I've only bought a few stocks through my personal put writes.

In addition I occasionally buy speculative stocks and you'll  also get those recommendations.  For example I recently made a quick and profitable trade on Playboy stock.

But when I buy these speculations I do so in small quantities as should you.

You know that history is not a predictor of the future and it is entirely possible that a stock could crash so quickly and so dramatically you and I could be forced to buy a stock at an uncomfortable level.

And finally I also make some naked call writes.

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My Personal Trading Technique

My personal trading technique is exactly the same as I suggest in The Complete Option Report.

I diversify over many different trades and over time and so reduce the risk in selling put options.  You should do the same.

The Details - How I Trade

So how do I exactly protect myself from risk? 

I protect against unforeseen stock collapses by wide diversification. 

As I noted in my book above, "I diversify, diversify, diversify and only take very small positions."

Last year I made about 200 trades most of which were naked put writes.  Now this is critical -- I only write 2 to 5 contracts on each position.  Yes, I take very small positions as should you.

By keeping each trade relatively small I lower the risk in a single trade and so protect myself from over exposure in just one trade.

I urge you to do the same if you decide to trade with me.

In fact if you take big positions you will dramatically increase your risk - perhaps to unacceptably disastrous levels.  But only you can determine your level of risk.

I also made about 30 option buys and a handful of stock trades last year.

Option Buys

My option buys are pretty straightforward and the same consideration must be given to diversification and how much financial risk you want to assume.  Again only you can determine how much risk is appropriate for you. 

My Personal Trading Schedule and Yours

I'm a Pro so every day I scour the market to make personal trades. My trades are based on publically available information.  I do not have access to or use "insider information." 

In Trading with Ken Trester and once I confirm that I am going to enter a trade I will alert you by email with a minimum of 5 minutes advance notice of my own trade. So you have the opportunity to get a good price.

Since my trades are small as should be yours competing subscriber trades should not effect the market price.  

I know you understand the markets and that they fluctuate by the minute so I cannot warrant that your profitability will be identical to mine.  It could be better, the same or worse.

Both myself and my publisher will make every effort to be timely in email delivery and accurate in our recommendations but you should verify all information with your broker.  

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How to Act on My Recommendations

My recommendations always include specific prices and in the case of option buys target profit prices.

You will have all the information you need in advance to make the best possible buy and sell decisions.

You will also get an alert when I close a trade. I will not send alerts if I allow the write to expire. 

My Personal Trading Schedule and Style 

I suspect that I'm a lot like you.

My investments are serious business. I invest to make money.

That's my one never compromise rule. (And  to date after 37 years; I've never had a losing year writing options in my personal account.
  I've lost money on stocks but not with writes.)

Every dime I invest is my future. So I don't take option trading lightly.

Trading with Ken Trester has no "set" schedule – it's published as I make a trade personal trade.   

Several days may go by - maybe 10 days - without a trade and then I may blast out two, three or even four trades on a single day.

You see all day long I watch for that special and rare opportunity and when it comes I pounce on it. 

But I refuse to trade to just trade - I trade when I am convinced that I can make money for my own account.

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My Trades and Your Portfolio

There's no sales hype here - just facts and how I play the market with my own money.

Over the course of the year about 80% of my personal option trades are naked put writes.

As an experienced options trader you know that these option trades instantly deposit money into your trading account. 

I like that and I bet you do too.

To the professional option player, naked option writing is the Cadillac of the options market.

The profit potentials here are greater than in any other segment of the options market.

The skilled and disciplined naked option writer can generate healthy returns annually on his investment, and can normally do so consistently over a long period of time.

But as an experienced options trader you also know that these trades are considered high risk trades by many brokers.  

And that is another reason why my personal trades do not appear in the newsletter you currently get.

How I Personally Manage Risk

Still I manage these higher risk trades so I can personally lower the perceived risk.  I do that by following my own advice. I diversify and diversify again - over time and over trades. You need to do the same.

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My Trades

About 80 of my trades are naked writes and about 20% of my personal trades are debit spreads or straight buys of calls or puts and I purchase stocks.

I even experiment with new trades  - subscribe and you get a real mix and exactly what I am trading.

So over a year, that's what you can expect if you decide to follow me in Trading with Ken Trester.

I do not offer personal trading advice but I will tell you that I personally spread my money out over many write positions, and over time to minimize worst case stock collapses.

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Margin Accounts

Finally with naked put writes margin is a consideration.  Most but not all brokerages require sufficient capital in a margin to buy the stock if the put crosses below the strike price.

For example if the strike price is $25 and you sell three contracts your brokerage will likely require $7,500 in your account to cover the potential requirement to buy the stock.  Check with your personal brokerage for their standards.  Margin requirements and your personal cash can limit the number of trades you can make.   

My Book, Sure Bet Investing and Additional Trading Reports

When you subscribe you get my newest book, Sure Bet Investing, online. It's a helpful and valuable tool to help you trade just like I do. 

For your help and convenience I've also published online three trading reports: 1) Advantages and Disadvantages of Naked Options,

2) Credit Spreads and

3) How to Buy Stocks at a Discount.

Email Contact

You may email us at to ask questions about my techniques.  We cannot and will not give individual or personal advice.  We can answer general questions.  We respond within 72 hours; usually 24 but not over weekends.

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How To Subscribe - An Offer You Can't Refuse

This is a limited offer. To maintain trading integrity we will limit the number of subscribers and this offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

You may order one of two plans:

Best Deal - A full year subscription is $1,450 and save $350. In addition full year subscribers will receive two free bonus months to The Complete Option Report, a value of $270 making your total saving with a one year subscription $820.

Good Deal - Or you may start for one month for only $49.00.  It's a way for you to take a "test drive". Unless you cancel you will go on monthly billing at $150. I know that's a big jump but if you can keep up with me I think you'll see the monthly fee is more than worth it. Sorry no further discounts.  This is for serious, committed, experienced options traders.

We are committed to implementing the finest research available.

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Warm regards, Ken Trester and Ron Jackson 

Legal, Publishing and Trading Information:  Trading with Ken Trester is published by Ultimate Option Strategies Company; 1494 Union Street San Diego, California. Managing Editor: Ken Trester; Publisher: Ron Jackson. As a subscriber to Trading with Ken Trester (TWKT) you acknowledge that Ken Trester will personally trade the enclosed recommendations no sooner than 5 minutes after the dissemination of the trading information.  As a result the trades you make based on Ken Trester's recommendations may or may not be made after Ken Trester has entered his trade. You may or may not receive the same price prices as Ken Trester. The trades recommended by Ken Trester are for sophisticated options traders and investors. Only you can determine your level of trading expertise. Trades made by Ken Trester and offered in Trading with Ken Trester are high risk trades. It is a violation of United States laws to duplicate or reprint this publication for redistribution in any quantity without permission. Copyright ©2010-2011. All rights reserved.  The Institute for Options Research Inc is solely responsible for the trading information contained in this advisory and no personal advice is offered to subscribers. 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 TWKT.  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. Delays in broadcast of KWKT may occur which are beyond our control and so may affect the prices you get.