Contributors

Meet the 20+ Contributors that Make OptionPub.com the Best Resource Online for Options Traders
Vlad Karpel

Vlad Karpel
Tradespoon

Vlad Karpel is the CEO and Chief Architect of Tradespoon, a daily stock pick service that combines algorithmic and fundamental analysis.

Prior to Tradespoon, Vlad was Executive Vice President and Head of Technology at OptionsXpress from inception through 2007. During this tenure, the trading platform developed under his leadership handled 300,000+ customers, processed more than 60,000 orders daily and powered company growth to over $1.6B in market capitalization.

Vlad also has served as CTO of MediaOcean and as a consultant to and investor in early stage financial technology companies. He has been building and optimizing the core Tradespoon algorithm for 15 years.

Matt Buckley

Matt Buckley
Top Gun Options

E. Matthew “Whiz” Buckley is the founder and CEO of Top Gun Options LLC and is the Chief Development Officer and a partner at Black Bay Fund Management LP.

Whiz is a highly experienced financial business executive with decades of leadership and execution experience from the front lines to the front office. Whiz was the founder and CEO of PEAK6 Media LLC, a financial media company. The company provided options and futures news, commentary, analysis, entertainment, and up to the minute reporting directly from the floors of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and Board of Trade (CBOT). This exclusive information allowed retail and professional options and futures traders around the world to execute at a higher level.

Whiz has written a book called From Sea Level to C Level: A Fighter Pilot’s Journey from the Front Lines to the Front Office, which combines his experiences in the military and in corporate America.

Whiz is a decorated Naval Aviator who flew the F/A-18 Hornet for the United States Navy. He flew 44 combat sorties over Iraq and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (“TOPGUN”).

Kim Klaiman

Kim Klaiman
Steady Options

Kim Klaiman is a full time options trader. He is a founder of www.SteadyOptions.com- options education and trade ideas, earnings trades and non-directional options strategies. Kim has been trading stocks and options for more than 10 years. He likes to trade variety of non-directional trades with low correlation to limit the total portfolio risk. Kim wrote over 100 articles for Seeking Alpha. He started the SteadyOptions educational forum after numerous requests from his Seeking Alpha readers, to share his experience and trading ideas. Kim holds a BSc degree in Computer Science. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

www.SteadyOptions.comis a combination of a high quality education and actionable trade ideas. Our style is non-directional trading. We aim for steady and consistent gains with a high winning ratio and limited risk. Our focus is on trading Earnings-Associated Implied Volatility rise, Iron Condors, Calendar spreads, etc. Our performance is based on real fills, not hypothetical performance. We provide a full trading plan with complete portfolio approach.

Kirt Christensen

Kirt Christensen
Trading Science

Kirt Christensen is an internet entrepreneur and stock market investor who started his first company in 1996, at the age of 23. Since then, he's generated over $29 million in online sales, and placed thousands of trades in ETFs, stocks, futures and options. In the past few years, he's spent over $95,000 to perfect his own stock market systems, after ditching "main-stream" advice and methods. His goal and passion is developing trading rules and systems that the retail investor can use to profit five to 10% a month, in less than an hour a week.

Michael McNelis

Michael McNelis
Key 2 Options

Michael McNelis is an options strategist with Key2Options. He began his career working for J.W. Investment Bankers, then co-founded Hatshack, a mall-based retail chain that eventually grew to 49 stores before being acquired by the publicly traded company Genesco.

Michael has been trading financial markets for over 20 years and has managed portfolios including equities, options and futures contracts. He has extensive use of options for income through covered call writing, hedging, and for capital appreciation, and has traded S&P, oil, natural gas, gold and U.S. dollar futures contracts.

Lawrence G. McMillan

Lawrence G. McMillan
McMillan Asset Management

Lawrence G. McMillan is the President of McMillan Asset Management and McMillan Analysis Corporation, which he founded in 1991.  He is perhaps most well-known as the author of Options As a Strategic Investment, the best-selling work on stock and index options strategies.  The book – initially published in 1980 – is currently in its fifth edition and is a staple on the desks of many professional option traders. 

His career has taken two simultaneous paths – one as a professional trader and money manager, and the other as an educator and proponent of using option strategies. 

In these capacities, he currently authors and publishes "The Option Strategist," a derivative products newsletter covering options and futures, now in its 24th year of publication.  His firm also edits and publishes three daily newsletters, as well as option letters for Dow Jones.  He has spoken on option strategies at many seminars and colloquia, and also occasionally writes for and is quoted in financial publications regarding option trading.

Mr. McMillan is the recipient of the prestigious Sullivan Award for 2011, awarded by the Options Industry Council in recognition of his contributions to the Options Industry.

 Christopher Irvin

Christopher Irvin
Market Traders Institute, Inc.

Chris Irvin is a real trader. Over the past 15 years, he’s traded stocks, options, futures and currencies. For him, trading is more than being your own boss; after all, he’s been an entrepreneur since 1996. He knows that trading is a way to take control of your life. For him, being able to rely on himself is true freedom. Recognized for his trading skills in 2011 by Trade King and being an expert contributor in publications such as Invezz, Chris has put his trading knowledge to use in developing training materials and teaching traders across the globe since 2004. Now, after joining MTI in 2012, Chris continues to actively trade and teach others how to do the same without going through the school of hard knocks like he did.

Jonathan Rose

Jonathan Rose
Active Day Trader

In 1998, Jonathan Rose began his career on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  As a pioneer of computer-based trading, Jonathan was a key player in providing liquidity to the young Globex market. After five years trading the NASDAQ futures he was recruited to join a technology-focused, fixed-Income trading firm.

From 2003 to 2010, Jonathan was one of four senior partners at a proprietary trading firm in Chicago.  Later on, from 2010-2013, he became an equity options market maker on the CBOE. He developed and managed his own portfolio, actively trading 100 plus stocks concurrently.

In 2014, Jonathan joined a private family office (hedge fund) in the suburbs of Chicago.  He worked with the firm’s investment team designing and implementing a pair trading investment strategy that focuses on closed-end funds.   

Jonathan graduated in 1997 from University of Miami, Florida, with a B.S. He is a 2015 Level 2 CFA candidate. He spends his free time with his beautiful wife, two boys and his guitar.

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