Chris Ebert began contributing to in 2011 in an effort to spread knowledge about options trading. Now beginning his 5th year at zentrader, Chris is as committed as ever to demystifying the world of options.

Here is a link to the article that started it all ==>  Seeing Options from Both Sides

Chris has a way of explaining options scientifically, yet spelled out in easy to comprehend everyday terms, which earned him the moniker OptionScientist. The Ask the Option Scientist segment published by zentrader has helped countless traders learn the ins and outs of option trading.

In addition, Chris developed several options indicators that help predict the behavior of the S&P 500, including:

  • The #CCNPI – S&P 500 Covered Call/Naked Put Index
    This index helps traders discern Bull markets from Bear markets
  • The #LCMPI – S&P 500 Long Call/Married Put Index
    A reliable indicator of strong trends as opposed to weak onesSNP Temperature 42
  • The #LSSI – S&P 500 Long Straddle/Strangle Index
    This index pinpoints possibilities of corrections and also breakouts
  • The Options Market Stages
    These stages help traders determine the nature of the current trading environment
  • The S&P 500 Temperature
    A pure and simple gauge of bullish sentiment
  • The Orange Line of Violence
    This line has become a prominent indicator of upcoming large moves in the stock market

As always, comments and questions about specific option set-ups or option trading in general are welcome anytime. Just enter them in the comment box below or send them to:

The preceding is a post by Christopher Ebert, Chief Options Strategist at Astrology Traders (which offers subscribers unique stock-trading perspectives and options education) and co-author of the popular option trading book “Show Me Your Options!” Chris uses his engineering background to mix and match options as a means of preserving portfolio wealth while outpacing inflation. Questions about constructing a specific option trade, or option trading in general, may be entered in the comment section below, or emailed to

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