I am relatively new to options (on futures), and have been trading for a year with the assistance of an advisor. While it has been a great learning experience (plenty of gut wrenching near misses and a recent big hammering) I would really like to trade using my own ideas and plans. My question for you regular options (on futures) traders is how do you identify opportunities to trade? Does fundemental information provide a starting point (weather etc) or is it strictly technicals. Do you scan charts for all markets as a starting point or do you limit yourself to one or 2 markets? After you identify a market trend or direction how do you choose your strike prices? Based on volitility? Do you follow the same process every time - or is thr decision making process more of a gut feel. What are the critical items/issues indicators that say "yes - this is a trade I want to be in".