Thomas (Tom) Petty MBA, C.F.P.

Founder and President of Friday Expiration Group, Author and Writer for and

Most of you think of rock-n-roll when you hear the name “Tom Petty”. However, this brief biography refers to Tom Petty, the longtime financial professional who has been a Certified Financial Planner (C.F.P.) since 1992, earned two master’s degrees, is still an ordained minister (he has served seven churches during 27 years of pastoring) and served as CFO for two non-profit organizations over the course of thirteen years. Since retiring from active ministry, Tom has devoted the majority of his time to stock and options trading, financial planning, and professional writing for and

Within the scope of his still nascent trading firm, Tom devotes substantial time each week to learning from established market experts, and voraciously reading financial news and analysis. Tom’s hope is to become as proficient at trading as he was in his roles of pastor and CFO.

Tom started his education at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (BA). He completed a M.Div degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He earned his C.F.P. designation in 1992 and his MBA in 2006. He currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife, with whom he has three grown children.


  • BA in Political Sociology from Brown University
  • M.Div in Church Administration and Theology from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • MBA in Accounting and Financial Analysis from Keller Graduate School of Management (Graduated ”With Distinction”)


  • Certified Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning (since transformed to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.)


  • Covered Calls
  • Credit Spreads
  • Credit Calendar Trades
  • Very Selective Naked Puts
  • Iron Condor
  • Favorite Strategy: High Theta Iron Condor on Expiration Friday (trades entered on or after the Noon hour).

"The four most dangerous words in investing are: 'this time it's different.'" - Sir John Templeton

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