Since I posted about Super trader Karen's option selling strategy, I have received a couple of anonymous comments questioning about her strategy and trading performance. Other on-line trading forums have a lot more critics of the trading performance of Karen, the super trader. So I'd like to share my 2 cents as well. Please note I'm not affiliated with Tom or Karen. They don't know me at all, at this time of my writing.
I was educated by Investools (same stock/option education company that Karen attended) and by TOS (founded by Tom) in option trading. I happened to attend a few seminars presented by Tom, the interviewer of the Karen. Thus, I believe Tom is a successful and honest businessman. So it's hard for me to believe he would lie about his client (Karen) in TOS. In my humble opinion, there is no dispute among option traders that selling option premium is the most consistent way to profit on stock option trades. Karen's option selling strategy appears to be sound and logical for me. [Update: I'd like to stress that the system and the rules disclosed in the interviews should be far more important than the phenomenal profits for traders who are process-focused.]
A lot of people know solid option trading strategies as they are taught by many education experts but only very few limited numbers of them actually make money for living using these strategies. I think Karen is one of the successful option traders who made millions of dollars. Her trading performance in the time frame discussed in the interview video was exceptional, as Tom stated in the interview repeatedly. It's so exceptional that Tom and other option education experts could not achieve. It also means all other traders are not likely to achieve unless they become really exceptional too. Exceptional also suggests the excellent performance may not last forever. Since Karen's strategy involves probability, I believe it's possible to calculate the expected rate of return in estimation. Anyone who can keep the rate of return should be considered as a successful trader of this strategy. This should be the target many of us trying to reach.
To make a good judgement about this option strategy and its potential performance, traders must understand its principles first. Many of the critics online do not provide enough substances in their comments. But I still like any critics about the strategy itself and its published rules. Otherwise, I suggest to put accusations in other on-line forums.