In February, 2011, CBOE introduced the S & P 500 SKEW Index, as another means for investors to gauge market volatility and the potential risk of a "black swan" type of event. The SKEW Index is an option-based indicator that measures the perceived tail risk of the distribution of S & P 500 returns in the next 30 days. "Tail risk" … [Read more...] about What does the SKEW Index Mean to Options Traders?
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 … [Read more...] about Weekly Options – Be Aware Of The Risks
Many investors consider the foreign exchange market (also referred to as Forex or FX) to be one of the most intriguing and exciting markets in the world. The foreign currency market is an extensive subject; and too vast to cover in one article. Today we will cover the basic elements of the Forex, and some important considerations for … [Read more...] about Forex 101: Some Basics on Understanding the Foreign Currency Market
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are funds that track indexes such as the S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Russell 2000, etc. When an investor buys shares of an ETF, they are actually buying shares of a portfolio that tracks the yield and return of the related index. By purchasing an ETF, investors get the … [Read more...] about Inverse ETFs; Are They for You? Understanding the Plus’s and Minus’s
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?
The ratio backspread is a strategy used by traders to create a position with a limited loss and varying degrees of profit. If the trade goes against you and the position is setup correctly, it can help guard against a large loss. This can be useful, especially when there is major news or a “black swan” event. The ratio backspread can … [Read more...] about What is a Bull Call Ratio Backspread Option Strategy?
Those new to options trading may not fully understand the different prices quoted on options contracts. Today we will discuss the basic prices which can appear in the option chain for an option: bid, ask, mark, and last. I will outline each price, as well as what the bid/ask spread means for options traders. Below is an example showing … [Read more...] about Bid/Ask and “Spread” Prices … How They Can Affect Your Options Trading
When I was about six years old, I played a game of chess with my dad after dinner. I always lost. That started changing when I was around ten years old when I started reading chess books. At some point, I started winning every game and my dad stopped playing chess with me. I learned that educating yourself with books shortcuts … [Read more...] about Learn from the Best!
I've been bullish on the U.S. markets for some time but I primarily trade a market neutral strategy called the Road Trip Trade. Here's a sample of what a typical Road Trip Trade looks like: If I was correct with the bullish market direction opinion, I wanted to participate in the rally. The accounts I trade are in a Commodity … [Read more...] about The Combination Trade
If you remember Black Monday on October 19, 1987, you recall the market declined 22.68% in one day. This was the largest one-day percentage decline in the DJIA. It took until early 1989 for the market to recover to its previous high set in August 1987. In the aftermath of Black Monday, regulators changed protocols and created new … [Read more...] about Trading Curb – Market Circuit Breakers