Costas began his trading career in 1998, hired by Gateway Partners, an equity options market making specialist unit, on the Philadelphia StoCostas2ck Exchange (PHLX). Costas has over 7 years of experience as a professional options trader and has trained and educated several junior traders on option theory, risk management and strategy. Costas joined Tycoon Publishing in 2010, where he took a leadership role as educator, mentor and guru to thousands of subscribers. He created an option’s trading service, an interactive educational trading course and a live-setting interactive mentoring program. Costas highly popular products and accolades played a pivotal role in the firm’s acquisition by Agora Publishing in 2012. Costas has written hundreds of articles for some of the most respected on-line financial publishers in the industry. Today, Costas is semi-retired but was honored when asked to rejoin his former colleagues and come on board with True Market Mavens as contributor and champion for the self-directed individual investor. ================ Costas began his trading career in 1998, hired by Gateway Partners, an Equity Options Trading Specialist Unit, on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX). During his time there, Costas gained valuable experience navigating through the financial meltdown that saw the downfall of hedge fund, Long Term Capital, and the Russian Currency Crisis when trading volatility levels reached unprecedented levels. Costas became a Senior Equity Options Market Maker for the firm, eventually leaving to join a proprietary trading desk where he made markets for large customer and institutional orders. Costas has more than seven years of experience making options markets. He has also trained and educated several junior traders on option theory, risk analysis, and strategy. He’s looking forward to helping self-directed investing hobbyists find success through the utilization and understanding of how options play an important role in achieving financial objectives.