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Options Strategy: Extreme Volatility and Income
February 12, 2015

Options Strategy: Extreme Volatility and Income

The first month of 2015 witnessed an unusually high number of wide swings in the VIX. For options traders, this presents opportunities for short-term income...

Option Strategies to Help Protect Your Portfolio
February 5, 2015

Option Strategies to Help Protect Your Portfolio

Prophets predicting the end of mankind have been around since the beginning of, well, mankind ...

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Extreme Skew: What Options Traders Need to Know
February 5, 2015

Extreme Skew: What Options Traders Need to Know

In light of dramatic market slumps over recent decades, there’s a permanent demand for “plunge protection” that option traders call the “skew.”

Oil Rout Over, Options Traders? Low Doesn’t Mean “Cheap”
January 29, 2015

Oil Rout Over, Options Traders? Low Doesn’t Mean “Cheap”

It's tempting to call a bottom in oil prices, given the recent rout. But it's best to be careful ...

Options Insight: Put-Call Ratio, Bulls & Bears in Steel Cage Match
January 22, 2015

Options Insight: Put-Call Ratio, Bulls & Bears in Steel Cage Match

Worried the crowd is leaning too bullish or bearish? Try a favorite tool among many old-timers: the put-call ratio.

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Options Strategy: Last Year’s Volatility Lessons, 2015 Edition
January 15, 2015

Options Strategy: Last Year’s Volatility Lessons, 2015 Edition

The final days of 2014 foreshadowed key items to watch for the next few months of 2015: equity market volatility, oil market volatility, and volatility...

Options Strategy: A Par-3 Course on Puts and Calls
January 7, 2015

Options Strategy: A Par-3 Course on Puts and Calls

Drive for show, putt for dough—so goes a golfer’s mantra. It's a question of location and accuracy versus distance. A similar philosophy can be applied to the options markets.

Options Strategy: Planning For Panics and Volatility Spikes
December 30, 2014

Options Strategy: Planning For Panics and Volatility Spikes

How quickly we forget. It was just a couple months ago that the sky was falling – or so we thought – amid headlines noting “gut-wrenching” drops of 2% at the...

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Options Strategy: Escalator Still Going Up? Watch Volatility
December 30, 2014

Options Strategy: Escalator Still Going Up? Watch Volatility

Quite a bit of financial news recently has been focused on volatility (aka vol, in the vernacular of market types). Low vol, or the absence of it altogether, seemed...

Options: Collar Me Impressed
November 1, 2014

Options: Collar Me Impressed

It’s long been said that life is a series of trade-offs and you can’t always get what you want. Think of your investing strategy in similar terms. When it comes to...

Options: Got Ya Covered
October 1, 2014

Options: Got Ya Covered

The covered call is one of the most straightforward and widely used options-based strategies for investors aiming to diversify portfolios and enhance returns. Still...

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Options: A Marriage of Necessity
September 1, 2014

Options: A Marriage of Necessity

Portfolio diversification is typically explained as not putting all your eggs into one basket. The problem is, too often those “eggs” roll in the same direction, especially...

Out-of-the-Money Spreads: Potentially Expand Profit Options
January 13, 2014

Out-of-the-Money Spreads: Potentially Expand Profit Options

For options speculators with less of an appetite for risk, these vertical spread strategies may offer up a savory solution.

Options Lab Part 4: <br>Savvy Strategies to Hug a Bear
December 1, 2013

Options Lab Part 4:
Savvy Strategies to Hug a Bear

You don’t have to run from down markets. With proactive options, stand your ground and wrestle a few bears.

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Options Lab Part 3: Trading Hunches with Bullish Strategies
November 1, 2013

Options Lab Part 3: Trading Hunches with Bullish Strategies

Basic options moves can help you pay for that stock hunch. As you "Lab" readers know by now, options are incredibly flexible, customizable instruments...

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