Long-term Equity Anticipation Securities options, otherwise known as LEAPS, have the same general characteristics as standard options. LEAPS are commonly known to have an expiration date longer than one year. Standard options have an expiration date less than one year. LEAPS and shorter term long option contracts require … [Read more...] about What are Leaps Options?
Put credit spreads, also called bull put spreads, are a very popular strategy used by many traders. The put credit spread is most often used when a trader expects a rise in the price of the underlying. It is constructed by selling a put option at a specific strike price, while at the same time purchasing an equal number of … [Read more...] about Four Steps to Adjusting Bull Put Spreads
Brokerages have changed significantly over the past 20 years. Aspiring traders with small accounts now can participate with much smaller accounts than in the past. When first thinking about trading, most if not all traders start with stocks. However, the cost of buying shares to trade can quickly use all of the cash in a small … [Read more...] about Improvements for Traders with Small Accounts
Steve Spencer at SMB posted a video of how to use options for swing trading. Steve used a synthetic stock position with a split strike, done for a credit. The video was posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMq1TZFBToE Is that the best trade we can put on? Steve's trade uses $26,000 of margin. In the video, Steve says he … [Read more...] about Using Options For Swing Trading
Amy Meissner's 14-day, weirdor and nested iron condor trade alert services have been retired while she works on other strategies. Amy wants to focus on the Weekly Playbook … [Read more...] about Amy’s Alerts Update
Scott from StratagemTrade.com presented the Rolling Thunder trade which is used during fast markets to hedge a portfolio of long Deltas or to take a directional opinion. Scott reviewed how the trade works and covered an example with a discussion of different ways to manage and adjust the trade. There was a good Q&A session at the … [Read more...] about Rolling Thunder
Options trading becomes more and more popular every year. The options become more liquid and more traders use them for hedging, speculation, income etc. Weekly options (weeklys), introduced by CBOE in October 2005, are one-week options as opposed to traditional options that have a lifespan of months or years before expiration. There are … [Read more...] about Weekly Options – Be Aware Of The Risks
Dan Sheridan posted an article yesterday "Why should Covered Writes be Illegal?" A covered write is more commonly known as a covered call. Dan has an example of XYZ stock (I love XYZ stock...) +100 XYZ stock @ 90.00 -1 Aug 95 Call @ 1.00 Dan made a few statements that I need to comment on: - Dan says that he sells in-the-money … [Read more...] about Who thinks Covered Writes Should be Illegal?
Dan Harvey is a well known options trader who specialized in Iron Condor trading for many years. Dan had an article published about him in SFO magazine in 2008. Over time, Dan noticed several problems with Iron Condors so he modified them to address their shortcomings. The new version was a weird looking Iron Condor so Dan called it … [Read more...] about The Reverse Harvey