Are You Fed Up With Financial Professionals Having Their Hand In Your Pockets & Their Mediocre Returns?
You’re not alone and we have your back!
Some time ago, we received an email from a very frustrated reader, William Chetwall.
He was ready to throw in the towel.
For so long he believed that his money was in good hands with the professionals because they knew more than he did, but opening his monthly statements gave an unpleasant feeling in his stomach every month.
During the financial crises, it started to weigh on his mind far too often. He started to worry about having to work for the rest of his life to be able to provide for his wife, kids and to be able to do the little things that made them happy.
Like most, he wasn’t sure what to do… so he started avoiding opening the statements.
Even worse, he would hide them from his wife…
That was until she found them in one of his old cigar case while she was organizing his book case in the office.
That’s when he emailed me after finding me on YouTube.
“I’m Fed Up With My Financial Planner and I Want To Take Back My Portfolio!”
He was at his breaking point after being put through the financial wringer of Wall Street for far too long.
I felt his pain and I empathized with him to help talk him off the ledge. My words of encouragement to him were, “There has never been a better time for an individual investor to outperform the best hedge fund managers, then right now!”
Let’s be honest here.
“Wall Street failed us over the long-term. Trusted “pros” make unspeakable fortunes with some taking advantage of tricks and loopholes that has left the average investor like you and I to pay the price…”
Goliath has won too many times and having the average investor feeling duped… swindled… bamboozled.
The wealth gap between the middle class and wealthy in the US is the largest it has ever been in history.
In order to turn that around and make a long term change, we believe the everyday investor needs to keep financial professionals out of their pocket and take control of their money & investing decisions to keep Democracy intact for future generations.
Our goal is to teach the average investor who is fed up with mediocre returns and to keep financial professionals hands out of their pocket; how to take control of their money & investing decisions so they can create wealth, freedom & options!
Our mission is to be the leader in teaching average investors how to prosper in the market to help the middle class decrease the gap in wealth inequality.
We believe the little guy investor is better off making their own investment decisions and can be successful long-term by focusing on sure-fire results, while teaching investors how to adjust their risk to meet their desired returns.
Our market approach is unconventional, but we at OptionSIZZLE believe that the average investor can be successful by strategically using stock options, to create higher chances of success, reduce risk & achieve greater returns than most traditional investments like stocks, bonds & mutual funds.
However, you need someone to show you the ropes and help you eliminate common mistakes that could really set you back and help eliminate the noise out there.
We believe right now is best time in history for you to be able create long term success in the financial markets.
Mainly because you have the access to the same information and technology professionals use with better education than years before.
While we can’t guarantee success, we strive on doing what is best for our clients and try to provide the best information that we believe will help separate you from the rest and help create success; while eliminating the noise while providing integrity, clarity, simplicity, transparency & exceptional customer service.
Our success with options comes from learning the right approach’s for any type of market condition, knowing when to enter & exit and managing trades for maximum profits and limiting losses to allow your account to keep growing.
Our courses, content and services are aimed to quickly bridge the gap between a struggling investor to successful investor to provide you the confidence and ease of worry to improve your life financially.
If you’re getting more confused from the overwhelming supply of free education and misinformation, we believe this is done to discourage you, so asset firms can paint the picture that you should hand over your investments to them.
We have no special interests with outside vendors.
Joshua Belanger has more than a decade of experience and is dedicated to having your back and help provide you the confidence & education to take back control of your financial future to eliminate common mistakes that could really set you back and help eliminate the noise out there.
As one of our clients, Scott recently said, “Up and coming investors face many psychological struggles, especially early on in their attempts. From my personal experience the two largest hurdles to overcome involve fear of losing and having the confidence to time and enter a trade.”
“At OptionSIZZLE, I have found that these obstacles are both addressed. Josh has expertise on the subject [and] expresses a calm persona in reviewing trades… Though I am personally a work-in-progress, it is character attributes such as these the indirectly boost my confidence.”
We’re excited to start making options easier to understand and more profitable for you.
Meet Joshua Belanger
Hi… I’m Joshua Belanger.
I’m the founder, trader and entrepreneur behind OptionSIZZLE.com.
After more than a decade in the trenches of Wall Street, I’ve become well known for my work with options trading volume, easy approach to options education, and my strategic investment guidance. So much so, my expertise caught the eye of Bloomberg, Business Week, New York Post, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswire, Yahoo Finance and The Wall Street Journal.
But I didn’t get there without struggle…
I fell in love with the glamour, the romance, and the intrigue of Wall Street at a young age.
Like thousands of would-be finance guys before me, I wanted it all – the money, the power, the prestige of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Ben Younger’s Boiler Room…
I wanted it all…
I just didn’t know how to get there. I didn’t have the family money or connections. I didn’t have the fancy business school degrees, or even my trading licenses at the time…
I was a pizza delivery guy in an outside suburb an hour away from Chicago, cold calling trading firm at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) on my days off.
Eventually – after painstaking patience — it paid off.
Eventually, I’d become a runner on the CME at $5.75 an hour while still delivering pizzas to pay my bills. It was a start. It was all I had.
Was it the fun I had imagined at a young age? Not at all…
But I still loved it. I was on the CME after all.
Eventually, I’d advance to become a stockbroker.
And – as I quickly learned – it was nothing like the Hollywood movies. The sophisticated people that understood the intricacies, the ins and outs of trading were replaced with nothing more than salesmen more interested in padding their own pockets, than the clients they “cared” about.
I became part of the daily, boring, and deceitful grind of Wall Street.
I was a cog…
I was paid a pittance of what I made for the major brokers before landing at the trade desk of a respectable firm. There, I finally understood the real inner-workings on how money really worked, and flowed in the markets.
There, I learned the very secrets of how money was really generated for the firm and its clients.
I’ll never forget one of my first trades. It changed everything for me.
I was taking stock option orders for an overseas client that managed several accounts, as a junior broker when it hit me.
I wanted to branch out on my own. I already knew how options worked. And I was ready to put my knowledge to the test.
So I bought long calls (an options contract that makes money when prices move higher) on Research in Motion heading into earnings, thinking the stock would move higher…
Two days later, my Research in Motion calls were down $2,000.
But the thrill of placing that trade started my long-term love affair with leveraged instruments.
From that moment on, I knew there was more to “options success” than what I learned studying for my Series 7 license or from some outdated, basic “bibles” of the industry.
I knew that to be successful, I had to follow those that were successful.
I had to follow a path.
So I started following trades relayed to me on the phone. This was something I picked up from watching certain traders on the CME floor that only traded when the large orders would come into the pit from the big players like Goldman Sachs & Merrill Lynch .
I started mimicking a pro trader’s moves – his actions, his style of trading. I wanted to be the best. I wanted to show my peers that you could – and can — do more for your clients.
But they failed to grasp it… I was just told to open accounts and gather assets.
It’s why – by 2007 – while still working the trading desk, I founded Stockstar Capital. There, I finally had the freedom to teach clients the ins-and-outs of options trading — the very trading tool my “peers” failed to grasp or use.
A year later, though, I was done. I’d seen enough.
I took my punches, my hits, and my bruises. I lost thousands in the worst year of trading the market had ever seen. The Dow was down to 6,500 when all was said and done.
Not many fared better…
But that’s not what did me in.
Managing client money and bringing in new clients was hard enough. But when I had to act like a personal shrink to my clients during the financial crisis, it became too much bare.
Don’t get me wrong. I loved what I did, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do.
It helped lead me to where I wanted to be – where I knew I had to be — I had to retake control of everything. I still wanted to teach and show everyday investors a new way – a better way – to improve their lives financially
You can read more about my story, which even involves going through a legal battle with my competitor for nearly a year here: The Lawsuit: Wealth, Freedom & Options
But after years of hard work, it’s all been worth it… the trials, the tribulations, and the costs.
Nowadays, all is well. My clients tell me:
Josh, you are really good and helpful. I am turning around my account thanks to your service. - Bobby_C
Options class was a great investment. Booked 575 profit on my first "real money" option trade. Many thanks. - Rasa_Briggs
NYB a quick 33% on Jan 12.5 call. You da man! - GKWeakley
I hear how my products and services change and enhance lives.
With my early Hollywood-dreams dashed, I never thought I would be where I am today — an inspiration and a well-respected public figure.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,”
Which was said by the great Nelson Mandela and something I believe in wholeheartedly.
With education and guidance, I’ve helped others achieve their dreams – while creating financial freedom — in the daunting and dark world of the financial markets.
Why let all my valuable experience go to waste?
There’s a lot of other things I could be doing, but I believe that teaching the little guy how to invest will help change our world.
Helping others achieve success not only provides me a rewarding feeling, but it helps them – you — achieve the riches only a few very can achieve.
I believe I can show you a new way – a better way – to make that happen.
Let’s make this happen. Wall Street has taken advantage of the little guy for far too long.
Now it’s time to beat them at their own game.