Chief Options Strategist
Ryan Mastro was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. As a teenager, Ryan spent time as a commercial clammer – a job that made him appreciate hard physical labor. He attended Drexel University on a Swimming and Diving Scholarship, where he received dual majors in Finance and Economics. Through Drexel’s co-op program, Ryan found his career path on the derivatives floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.
After several years as a market maker and specialist, Ryan and Ron Ianieri co-founded a successful off-floor proprietary order flow trading desk. The risk exposure on the desk forced Ryan to create a specialized cross asset and volatility risk management technology to reduce the overall portfolio risk. This technology path led to a partnership with IVolatility to create dozens of powerful cutting-edge scanning and analytical tools to find opportunities and minimize research time.
Ryan and Ron Ianieri joined forces again to build the online option education company Options University, which was recognized as an Inc. 500 fastest growing company for two consecutive years. Ryan built the full Options University technology suite and co-managed options trading newsletters while helping investors reach their goals.
In 2008, Ryan launched Sports Analytics Company where he designed software and co-patented algorithms to scan for mispriced opportunities. After selling his portion of the company, Ryan was hired as Chief Option Strategist and Director of Options Education at Shadowtrader.net. In this role, he appeared weekly on broadcasts to TD Ameritrade Thinkorswim users to provide market insights and options education.
Ryan has completed all three levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) program, a designation for professionals who develop deep knowledge in technical analysis. Ryan and his wife have three beautiful daughters who keep them busy in their downtime as professional taxi drivers going from one activity to the next.