When I launched Options Trading IQ back in 2010 I had one goal in mind – To teach people how to trade options and eliminate all the Bullsh*t that’s out there. Here’s a prime example of what I’m talking about:

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I mean come on, does anyone actually believe that sh*t?

Unfortunately some do, and more and more people get sucked in everyday by the lure of false promises from snake oil salesman.

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Options are a marvelous tool to help you navigate the financial markets. Once you learn how to use them effectively, you can lift yourself above the other 90% who live and die through “Buy and Hold”.

However, they are not without risks.

Warren Buffet once referred to options as weapons of mass financial destruction. That can certainly occur if you don’t know what you are doing. But, once you get yourself educated and gain some experience, you will never look back.


You’re here to learn how to trade options, whether that is iron condors, butterfly spreads or covered calls, there is something for everyone on this site.

I also hope you’re here because you realize I am one of the very few honest option educators in the business that tells it like it is. You’ll find no false promises here, no hype and no BS. Just good honest education from a person who has been exactly where you are.

Just a quick note that I am in no way associate with IQ Option who are a binary option broker. I am completely against binary options and recommend people stay well away.


My name is Gavin and I grew up in Melbourne Australia, moved to London when I was 19 before relocating to the Cayman Islands in 2003 for 12 years and am now back in Melbourne.

I’m a self-taught option trader, I never worked on a trading desk or for a big Wall Street firm. But I did spend over a decade immersing myself in the financial markets and learning everything I could. I also have a Masters in Applied Finance and Investment, but that didn’t teach me anything about trading options. There is no substitute for real life experience as there is only so much you can learn from a book.

I’ve had a few mentors along the way, I’ve learnt from some of the best in the business, but my first few years trading options I was stubborn and thought I knew it all.

I was quickly proved wrong through some very painful lessons. The markets can be very humbling as you probably know.

Since launching Options Trading IQ, I have mentored thousands of traders. I’ve also had the honor of being featured in some of the biggest publications in the industry. Publications like:

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There is no greater feeling in the world than teaching somebody and watching the light bulb switch on when they have that “aha, I get it now!” moment.

My passions are the financial markets, helping others, my family and keeping fit. I’m so blessed that through this website I get to combine two of those passions.

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I’ve written 5 books; 3 of which became best sellers on Amazon and 1 which was the top rated book in the options trading category.

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This site is for you, not me, so tell me what you want to learn about. I love creating new content and providing value to my readers so just let me know how I can help you.

Some popular items on the site are listed below:

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10 Part Iron Condor Course


Trading is hard work, anyone who tells you otherwise is spouting BS. You will have many ups and downs on your journey and I would consider it a privilege to be able to help you on that journey.

I wish you good trading and every success.

  1. Bevjackson says:

    Hi,  I signed up and that video is still not available to me?   Anyway, look forward to see what’s coming.  I’m enjoying your blog.

  2. Djohnsonhot says:

    Do you use DELTA figures on your RUT trades on the sold legs? I use a -.08 on the SOLD PUTS and a +.12 on the SOLD CALLS as we are biased long as I write this, Sept 1, 2012. Thanks! Dave ([email protected])

    1. Hi Dave, yes I do incorporate the deltas of the short legs into my process.

  3. jon k says:

    You should join instead of just using twitter. Huge difference!

  4. Chris says:

    Hi there
    Very keen to subscribe to your newsletter if possible?
    I am a weekly options trader ( newby) and wondered if you focus only on monthlies in your training etc
    Does you’re alerts subscription give weekly trades or just monthly ?

    Good job for writing. Book! Will definetly read it as soon as I can access it on Amazon

    Kind regards

  5. James Chin says:

    Just surfed onto your website.

    It is just great…thanks for your contributions.

  6. Ronald Temple says:

    Is a free download of your “Bull Put Spread Calculator” still available?

  7. Gavin says:

    Hi Ronald, yes I just sent it to you via email.

    1. paul patane says:

      Gavin i just started trying to learn about options lam only doing this about 3 weeks now,and like you saidit is not easy but iam determined I see you sent Ronald a free download of your bull Put Spread calculator if you think it could help me in my learning or what ever else i can learn i apprreciate it thank you. [email protected]

      1. Gavin says:

        Hi Paul, welcome to the wonderful world of options trading. I’ll send you an email.

  8. DW says:

    Enjoyed your books.
    But, many of your spreadsheets (.xlt format) are corrupt when I download them, or at least OpenOffice thinks they are.

    Could you send me via email the BullPutSpeadCalculator sheet?


  9. don says:

    to: Gavin McMaster
    On you describe 6 scenarios.
    Why not put stops on the sold options to be triggered by the underlying security?
    Some broker platforms allow such contingent orders.

    1. Gavin says:

      Hi Don,

      Yes you can do that as a fail safe, but it does have issues, some of which are discussed here:

      Another example of a potential problem. What happens if you get stopped out of the shorts, only for the market to immediately rebound the other way? You will get killed on your remaining longs.

  10. Dr Dave says:

    Fantastic, I really appreciate your approach to options.
    I lost too much money over the years with the buy and hold mentality.

    finally took control of my own finances instead of trusting a financial planner.
    I will never go back.

    Looking forward to learning about your approach.
    Make yours a profitable day.

  11. Charlie Simmons says:

    How do I sign up for your services?

    1. Gavin says:

      Hi Charlie, I’m not running anything at the moment, but I will be doing a group mentoring course later this year. If you have signed up for my newsletter you will be notified.

  12. SR says:

    Hi Gavin,

    Where is the best screener to find optimal bull put spreads, on a risk/reward basis? I’ve tried using the scan function on ThinkorSwim, but it doesn’t let you screen for open interest. Thanks!

  13. TOM LAMENA says:


    Great website.

    I’m starting my journey towards professional trader. I’ve given myself 10 years to master the “challenge”.I’m committed. Deeply committed, believe me.
    I’m “learning/bootcamping/reading/tradeshowing” around the clock to grasp the world
    of finacial markets yet i’m not a rookie in the financial world.

    I have a question for you. Why option trader as a choice in your case? Did you try FOREX, Equities long/short, Futures…? If not/yes, what was your motive ?
    Would you do the same choice today? After many years of experience?

    Kind regards

    Tom Lamena

    1. Gavin says:

      Hi Tom,

      Love your enthusiasm my man! Given your attitude, I have no doubt you will make a success of it.

      Options always appealed to me due to their huge amount of flexibility. You can trade directionally, neutral, short-term, long-term, volatility, income strategies. The possibilities are almost endless. I would definitely stick with options if I had my time over again.

      Enjoy the journey, keep in touch.

  14. TOM LAMENA says:

    Hi Gavin,

    I’ve the gut feeling you are a cool, reliable guy.
    I will keep in touch with you.

    Take care


    1. Gavin says:

      I’m not sure about cool, I’m a bit of a nerd really. 🙂 Definitely reliable though.

  15. Bob Penzien says:

    Hi Gavin,
    Please put me on your email list for options trading. Thanks. Have a great day!
    Bob Penzien
    San Francisco Bay Area

    1. Gavin says:

      Consider it done Bob. Nice part of the world you live in.

  16. Mark says:

    Hi Gavin,

    Put me on your newsletter list please. Looks like you Iron Condor course just arrived in my mail box. Will start my education now!

    Thank you,

    1. Gavin says:

      Awesome Mark! What a great way to start 2017. Let me know if you have any questions, I’m here to help!

  17. Theo says:

    Hi Gavin: Couple quick questions.

    1) I’ve seened your material on ‘Double Diagonals”. How do they differ than ‘Double Calenders’ in application? I’m assuming they are not ‘interchangeable’ strategies. And which strategy is more appropiate for trading Earnings?

    2) Also, what are your fav ‘go to’ option strategies u rely on frequently? Thanks

    1. Gavin says:

      Hi Theo:

      1. They are fairly similar. For Diagonals the option you are buying is further out-of-the-money whereas a calendar uses the same strike price. You wouldn’t want to have a double calendar and double diagonal open on the same stock at the same time. To be honest, I don’t like trading earnings so I can’t answer the second part of your question.

      2. I have 6 core strategies in 2 groups – Short-term Trading strategies – Condors, Trapdoors, Bearish Butterflies, Weekly Diagonals and Strangles. Long-Term – The Wheel

  18. Richard Leslie says:

    Gavin, do you the Bull Put spread calculator available to send to me? This is great! I plan starting your courses this weekend. Thanks so much!

    1. Gavin says:

      Hi Richard, I sent it to you yesterday, did you not get it?

  19. Bang Pham says:

    Hi Gavin, I’ve tried to buy your books on Amazon (eg. Iron Condors Butterfly Spreads), but the website notifies “This title is not currently available for purchase”. Is it something to do with the location I am living in (Singapore), or your books are no longer available for sale? Thank you.

    1. Gavin says:

      I’ll email them to you.

  20. Amir says:

    Hello Guys
    I have a question for you which options strategy: Delta Hedging or Straddle is less riskier and why

  21. lowtec1 says:

    Hi Garvin,
    Just came across your site. Very hard to find options traders in Oz.
    I’ve been trading on Commsec for about 3 years and have limited success, but really enjoy the process.
    I know they have high commissions and they don’t display the greeks on their standard platform. I dont use IRESS even though i get it for zero cost because of the number of trades I do.
    Have learnt a lot from the Tastytrade site, i think Tom Sosnoff is a legend.
    Funny how most people think it’s crazy when you tell them you trade options for a living.
    Glad to find someone out there trying (in Oz) to educate others in this fascinating field. I love it..
    It can be painful at times. Wish I’d realized the benefits years ago.

  22. braylen landkey says:

    its the year of 2020, IBKR – TWS has changed and updated

    Can you show us an example of how to enter the position below using IBKR Option?

    Shorting CVNA MKT. 164.64. using verticals; Short strike 45 Jan 21st, 2021 Put – Long Strike 115 Jan 21, 2021 Put.

    1. Gavin says:

      Actually the IB user interface hasn’t really changed in the 10+ years I’ve been using them See below for how to enter a bear put spread.

  23. Tony says:

    Hi Gavin

    I am reading several of your books (Iron Condors, Volatility) and it appears that several of the links within are broken. I would like some information on some of your trading classes, along with the calculators and sample trading journal referenced in the books. Is the website down to register for these items? I have also recently seen some articles you have written on IBD.

    1. Gavin says:

      Hi Tony,

      Sorry about that. Those books were written many years ago so some of the links may have changed. Here are the tools and resources:

      I have a new class starting next month, you can register your interest here:

      And feel free to email me with any questions. [email protected]

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