A diagonal spread may be a strategy you would like to implement into your trading arsenal. Today we will discuss how a diagonal spread is created. We will also reveal some of the advantages and disadvantages of a diagonal spread. A diagonal spread is a strategy which occurs when two options are bought or sold. These two options use … [Read more...] about The “In’s and Out’s” of a Diagonal Spread
First, a little about risk … Every trader is intimately acquainted with risk. Trading both stocks and options has large potential for rewards, but also risks. In order to sustain a successful trading career, a trader must be willing to accept risk. The basic rule of thumb I was taught many years ago when I first started … [Read more...] about Risk and Risk/Reward Ratio – Important Considerations
Two stocks with options which are about the same price are not always equal. Volatility is one of the reasons two stocks with a similar underlying price may actually have very different values for their options. Volatility can be a useful tool to determine which underlying you would like to incorporate into your trade plan. The level … [Read more...] about Two Similarly Priced Underlyings Should Have the Same Option Pricing, Right? Not always so …
ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) have increased in popularity among traders of all types since their introduction in the early 1980's. In a nutshell, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are funds that track indexes such as the S&P 500, NASDAQ, Dow Jones, Russell 2000, etc. When an investor buys shares of an ETF, they are buying shares … [Read more...] about Consider Sector ETFs as a Portfolio Hedge
The decisions of millions of investors and traders affect the price movements in the options market. There are many useful statistics in addition to price movement that indicate what other market participants are doing. This article will focus on two factors many traders consider when trading options; daily trading volume and open … [Read more...] about Option Volume and Open Interest; Why Are They Important for Options Traders?
How the VVIX can be Used as a Barometer in Trading Most traders are familiar with the VIX, which measures the volatility of the S & P 500. The VIX was introduced in 1993 by the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. The index measures the 30-day forward volatility of a combination of put and call options on SPX. The … [Read more...] about How the VVIX can be Used as a Barometer in Trading
Pairs trading is generally considered a market neutral strategy. Some traders use the strategy as a directional strategy. Pairs trading is one of many approaches a trader can use to reduce risk. The strategy often combines a long position with a short position, using a pair of highly correlated assets. A pairs trade can … [Read more...] about Discover Pairs Trading
Moneyness is a common term which is very important when looking at an option chain. Moneyness in an option chain refers to the relationship of where the price of the underlying is currently trading and the strike price of the option within the option chain. If this is the first time you have heard the term Moneyness, the … [Read more...] about What is Moneyness in Options Trading…
One of the myriad of strategies available to traders are credit spreads. Two popular types of credit spreads are the Bear Call spread and the Bull Put spread. Today's article will cover the basics of these spreads … how they are constructed, how much can be gained, as well as the risk involved and how much capital can be … [Read more...] about Credit Spreads; a Review Of The Basics
Today you will learn about a basic synthetic option position called the synthetic long stock position. You can create a synthetic long stock position to replicate and replace buying stock outright. You also can create a synthetic short stock position to replicate and replace selling stock outright. A synthetic long stock position … [Read more...] about What is a Synthetic Long Stock Position?