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Embrace the Quiet: Consider Low-Volatility Option Trades

Embrace the Quiet: Consider Low-Volatility Option Trades

Sometimes the road less traveled offers the best footing. The same might be said for the thinly trod, quiet opportunities that may be lurking in low-volatility option contracts. Many option traders consider short-term premium collection strategies, otherwise known as “selling” strategies, as their bread-and-butter trades. But there are low-volatility ...

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All the Right Option Moves: Take the Improv Out of Earnings
June 11, 2015

All the Right Option Moves: Take the Improv Out of Earnings

The Lindy Hop, the Running Man, and the Macarena are all child’s play to an option trader who likes to stay a few steps ahead of the market, right? When it comes to ...

Keep Your Pants On: From a Naked Put Sale to a Call Purchase
June 4, 2015

Keep Your Pants On: From a Naked Put Sale to a Call Purchase

The naked put sale: It’s a mainstay of many option-trading veterans who are bullish, or at least not bearish and really don’t think a stock will move much lower ...

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How to Sniff Out the Options Opportunity Under Your Nose
May 28, 2015

How to Sniff Out the Options Opportunity Under Your Nose

Looking for trade ideas can be time-consuming for option traders. With so many optionable stocks available, you can spend hours trying to find the right ...

Size Up Option Straddles for a Reading on Earnings Volatility
May 21, 2015

Size Up Option Straddles for a Reading on Earnings Volatility

Stock traders can use options pricing to sniff out how much an underlying stock might move around the company’s earnings releases—often shake-rattle ...

Far Out: Low Volatility Can Put Options Opps on the Horizon
May 14, 2015

Far Out: Low Volatility Can Put Options Opps on the Horizon

When most people think of extreme conditions in the stock market, they imagine sharp sell-offs and high volatility. But those aren’t the only possible extremes ...

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Swim in the Deep End with Out-of-the-Money Options
May 14, 2015

Swim in the Deep End with Out-of-the-Money Options

Higher potential stock returns and lower volatility are swimming in the same pool. However, selling out-of-the-money options has the potential to put them in ...

How “Out” is Out of the Money? Options for Fear and Volatility
April 30, 2015

How “Out” is Out of the Money? Options for Fear and Volatility

During extreme market conditions, put and call strikes for some stocks, commodities, and indices can trade at eye-opening levels—prices that seem highly unlikely ...

Crude Reality: Time to Think Longer-Term Options for Oil?
April 30, 2015

Crude Reality: Time to Think Longer-Term Options for Oil?

If you’ve been an owner of crude oil contracts for a while now, this sideways range between $42 and $55 since the start of the year has got to be welcome relief.

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Crowded in Here? Options Market Finds Room for More Exchanges
April 23, 2015

Crowded in Here? Options Market Finds Room for More Exchanges

Nearly a dozen options exchanges—and counting—are elbowing for space in this growing market. As participants continue to apply, even the word ...

Options Aren’t Dangerous, People Are: Debunking Four Myths
April 23, 2015

Options Aren’t Dangerous, People Are: Debunking Four Myths

Options are often misunderstood. According to the infomercials on Saturday morning television, there’s even a secret formula that Wall Street doesn’t want ...

Can't Commit to Selling? Think Short Vertical Option Spread
April 16, 2015

Can't Commit to Selling? Think Short Vertical Option Spread

One of the primary advantages of option trading is the chance to define and potentially limit risk right up front. One way to do that is with short vertical spreads.

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Exploring Options: An Introduction to Multipliers
April 9, 2015

Exploring Options: An Introduction to Multipliers

Venturing into the options market for the first time might feel a bit like traveling to a foreign country without a translator. The terminology is sometimes so odd ...

Options Liquidity: Why It Matters, Where to Find It
March 12, 2015

Options Liquidity: Why It Matters, Where to Find It

Let’s face it: investing is a bit of a popularity contest. Just as fashions come and go, investors tend to favor certain stocks, bonds, or futures contracts ...

Author James Cordier Offers His ABCs for Selling Options
March 5, 2015

Author James Cordier Offers His ABCs for Selling Options

Many investors have a basic understanding of buying puts and calls, but selling options is different, says Cordier.

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Options Strategy: Golden Opportunity in Metal Market Volatility
February 27, 2015

Options Strategy: Golden Opportunity in Metal Market Volatility

The gold market's volatility presents opportunities to play support or resistance, or sell premium.

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