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When the Mystery Is Gone: Trade Like an Options Market Maker

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Options Lab Part 2: Income Strategy for the Faint of Heart
October 1, 2013

Options Lab Part 2: Income Strategy for the Faint of Heart

This round, we’ll drill down on selling call options to potentially generate income on the stocks you hold. Selling call options using the stocks in your portfolio...

Options Lab Part 1: <br>Why Options? Why Not?
September 1, 2013

Options Lab Part 1:
Why Options? Why Not?

Traders use options to try to earn the highest return possible, in the shortest time, using the least capital.

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Did you Really Go There? High-Probability Options Trading
June 5, 2013

Did you Really Go There? High-Probability Options Trading

What if you focused on a price you think a stock won’t hit? It might seem counterintuitive until you see the numbers. When we were kids, our birthday was...

Trading on Time Decay: How to Approach Calendar Spreads
March 5, 2013

Trading on Time Decay: How to Approach Calendar Spreads

This installment in our options-spread series tackles turning time decay into potential profit. If you think there’s little trading opportunity in range-bound...

Stretch Your Options Muscle with Vertical Spreads
December 24, 2012

Stretch Your Options Muscle with Vertical Spreads

Comfortable with calls and puts? Then maybe it’s time to bring on the spreads. I’ll admit it. Spreads are more complex than a single put or call purchase. But, they’re...

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Option Trading 101: Looking Under the Hood of Covered Calls
July 15, 2012

Option Trading 101: Looking Under the Hood of Covered Calls

We shed some light on 3 features of this basic options strategy: selling stock, collecting dividends, and limiting taxes. What draws investors to a covered call options...

Decode the Greeks: Ancient Alphabet Helps You Trade Options
July 11, 2012

Decode the Greeks: Ancient Alphabet Helps You Trade Options

The greeks can help measure how much an option might gain or lose—and help you decide how much risk you’re willing to take. If you’ve been trading options, you’ve...

Discovering LEAPS: Option Strategies for the Long-Term
March 15, 2012

Discovering LEAPS: Option Strategies for the Long-Term

Despite their short-term allure, you can use certain options to create longer-term mini “portfolios” within a portfolio. And there could be beneficial tax...

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Big Eggs in Your Basket? How to Protect Your Stocks with Collars
January 15, 2012

Big Eggs in Your Basket? How to Protect Your Stocks with Collars

With more than a decade of lackluster performance behind us, some may be considering the options market as they attempt to charge up their stock portfolios.

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