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Swim Lessons: Familiar with the Risk Profile Tool?

Swim Lessons: Familiar with the Risk Profile Tool?

In last week’s Swim Lessons article we looked at the power of the Risk Profile tool in the thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade, and demonstrated how it can help you estimate changes in a trade profile given certain changes in risk components such as time and volatility. Our first example used one of the more basic option strategies, the purchase of a call ...

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Looking for a Soft Landing? Try an Iron Condor to Trade Earnings
April 13, 2017

Looking for a Soft Landing? Try an Iron Condor to Trade Earnings

Earnings season is upon us, and with it brings increased volatility for those stocks reporting results. ...

Swim Lessons: Lost at Sea? The Risk Profile Tool Can Be Your Message in a Bottle
April 6, 2017

Swim Lessons: Lost at Sea? The Risk Profile Tool Can Be Your Message in a Bottle

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could pick three things with which to survive, what would you choose? Here’s what I’d pick: sunscreen, a bag of ...

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Swim Lessons: Surf’s Up! Catch A Wave With These Volatility Products
March 30, 2017

Swim Lessons: Surf’s Up! Catch A Wave With These Volatility Products

If history has taught us anything, it’s that market uncertainty can almost always be expected. However, in Swim Lessons?, we like to say that a little volatility ...

Singing the Low-Volatility Blues? Try Calendar Spreads
March 23, 2017

Singing the Low-Volatility Blues? Try Calendar Spreads

In last week's article, Scott Connor, my Swim Lessons co-host, introduced the calendar spread, a risk-defined options strategy involving the sale of a short-term ...

Double Calendars: Is This the Right Strategy for You?
March 23, 2017

Double Calendars: Is This the Right Strategy for You?

If you are looking for an option strategy that is designed for a lower-volatility environment where the underlying price action gravitates towards either ...

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Calendar Spreads: Options Strategies for Quiet Markets
March 16, 2017

Calendar Spreads: Options Strategies for Quiet Markets

One of the advantages that options offer is the potential to profit in an upward, downward, or range bound ...

Rugby and the Art of Options Trading
March 9, 2017

Rugby and the Art of Options Trading

I played rugby in college. There’s an old quote I use when explaining the sport to a skeptical newcomer. I like to think that it applies to options trading as well...

Swim Lessons: How Volatility and The Rule of 16 Can Offer Perspective
March 2, 2017

Swim Lessons: How Volatility and The Rule of 16 Can Offer Perspective

For option traders, volatility can make or break a trade. 'The Rule of 16' is another method that offers perspective on volatility measurements...

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Know Your Options: The Basics of Calls and Puts
February 28, 2017

Know Your Options: The Basics of Calls and Puts

One of the main things that makes options attractive to investors is the flexibility they can provide during a variety of market conditions. Regardless of whether...

Turning a Short Option Into a Risk-Defined Vertical
February 24, 2017

Turning a Short Option Into a Risk-Defined Vertical

Let’s say you have been selling naked puts, and the market has made an extended move higher in your favor. Chances are, you are getting a little nervous. ...

Vertical Credit Spreads: Your High-Probability Trade?
February 23, 2017

Vertical Credit Spreads: Your High-Probability Trade?

In our daily Swim Lessons sessions, we aren't above the occasional sports analogy. Since my co-host, Scott Connor, is an avid tennis player, that sport is a popular ...

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Do Vertical Spreads Offer A Better Risk-Reward Than Single Options?
February 16, 2017

Do Vertical Spreads Offer A Better Risk-Reward Than Single Options?

Many investors and traders venturing into the world of options begin by learning about single-legged options strategies. With education, persistence and ...

Greek Graphs Tell the Story of Call Strategies
February 9, 2017

Greek Graphs Tell the Story of Call Strategies

Call options are complicated because there are a lot of moving parts. If you’re new to options, you may not realize that there’s more to them than just ...

DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Indicators & Oscillators
February 2, 2017

DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Indicators & Oscillators

Identifying trend, support and resistance levels, and price patterns leaves a lot up to the discretion of the trader. Some traders prefer ...

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Ready to Go Vertical? Options Spreads with Versatility
January 26, 2017

Ready to Go Vertical? Options Spreads with Versatility

Feeling pretty experienced with trading long calls, long puts, and writing covered calls? Vertical spreads are one of the building blocks of options trading, and they can ...

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