From Military Intelligence to Award-Winning Options Expert

The list of global events keeps piling up: A recent U.S. airstrike in Syria and bombing of ISIS in Afghanistan, increasing tensions with North Korea, a pivotal election in France that could determine the future of the European Union, talk of a renewed healthcare push in Congress (and tax reform in the works), the list goes on...

But the world keeps turning and money never sleeps. And in today's article, I'd like to do something a little different and tell you about how one of my colleagues developed one of the most reliable indicators I've ever seen.

I'm talking about Amber Hestla, Chief Strategist of Income Trader.

I'd like to give you a little background on Amber and how she developed this indicator -- which has delivered winning trades 93% of the time -- and then tomorrow, you'll have a chance to hear Amber talk about this indicator in more detail herself.

For those who aren't familiar, Amber is one of the most well-respected options experts in the United States. But in her former life, she was a military intelligence operative. I'm not kidding. The transition from that to a career as one of the most respected independent trading analysts in the country may seem odd, but once you understand the parallels between the two disciplines, it makes perfect sense.

In the military, Amber was trained to use her analytical skills to assess threats and mitigate danger on the battlefield. By making calculated moves, she and her team were able to meet their objectives without taking on an excessive amount of risk.

That lesson proved important -- after all, lives were at stake. But as fate would have it, Amber began taking an interest in finance during her service in the military, primarily because she wanted to take control of her financial destiny.

This sort of expertise is rare. It's not every day you come across someone in their field who is highly successful without any sort of formal training. Amber, however, is that rare, special breed that you often find among those who are at the top of their field: self-taught, unconventional background -- perfectly conditioned to bring the sort of outside-of-the-box thinking required to stand out from the crowd.

Fast-forward a bit, and Amber began utilizing her training and skills to develop an indicator for her options trades designed to do exactly mimic her goals on the battlefield: maximum success, minimal risk. She called it the ITV indicator.

I won't give away the details of the ITV indicator just yet. We'll save some of that for Amber's guest column. But just two years ago, Amber submitted the results of the bonus ITV trades she recommends to her Income Trader readers between Sept. 20, 2013 and Sept. 26, 2014. (ITV bonus trades are an extra, added benefit given to Income Trader subscribers at the end of each week.)

This was an example of the culmination of her life's work as a trader. And in 2015, the Market Technicians Association saw fit to award her the prestigious 2015 Charles H. Dow Award, which highlights outstanding research in technical analysis.

Amber won this award for good reason. The trades identified by it have made money for Income Trader subscribers 93% of the time. And remember: we're talking about options here.

It just goes to show, however, that contrary to popular belief, options are not solely the playground of risky traders looking to make a quick buck. In fact, Amber and her readers are trading for income -- not for crazy triple-digit gains.

If you're thinking about enhancing the income-earning potential of your portfolio, I'd highly encourage you to think about trying Income Trader. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone with a track record better than Amber's. In the meantime, stay tuned for tomorrow, where Amber will be discussing her work in more detail.

The majority of options you buy expire worthless. Now think about what that means for the person who took the other side of the trade.

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