InvestorPlace » Options Education http://investorplace.com Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Options: The Calendar Call Spread http://investorplace.com/2013/05/options-the-calendar-call-spread/ http://investorplace.com/2013/05/options-the-calendar-call-spread/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:08:32 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=341779 The calendar call spread is an options play that allows you to profit -- even if a stock goes nowhere.

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The calendar call spread is an options play that allows you to profit -- even if a stock goes nowhere.

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NYSE:GE Options Education
Options: The Short Bear Ratio Spread http://investorplace.com/2013/04/options-the-short-bear-ratio-spread/ http://investorplace.com/2013/04/options-the-short-bear-ratio-spread/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:32:06 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=337802 If you think your stock will tank, protect yourself with this complex option strategy. Here's an example using the upcoming Green Mountain earnings.

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If you think your stock will tank, protect yourself with this complex option strategy. Here's an example using the upcoming Green Mountain earnings.

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NASDAQ:GMCR Options Education
Options: The Diagonal Call Spread http://investorplace.com/2013/04/options-the-diagonal-call-spread/ http://investorplace.com/2013/04/options-the-diagonal-call-spread/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:30:28 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=335390 The diagonal call spread takes some patience, but it offers decent rewards for very little risk. Get familiar with the options strategy with this Priceline trade idea.

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The diagonal call spread takes some patience, but it offers decent rewards for very little risk. Get familiar with the options strategy with this Priceline trade idea.

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NASDAQ:AAPL Strategies
Options: Iron Condors vs. Covered Calls http://investorplace.com/2013/03/options-iron-condors-vs-covered-calls/ http://investorplace.com/2013/03/options-iron-condors-vs-covered-calls/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:59 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=317219 Covered calls theoretically are the riskier of the two strategies, but they're still a better option in certain situations.

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Covered calls theoretically are the riskier of the two strategies, but they're still a better option in certain situations.

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NYSE:KO Options Education
Mini-Options Change the Game for Small Investors http://investorplace.com/2013/02/mini-options-change-the-game-for-small-investors/ http://investorplace.com/2013/02/mini-options-change-the-game-for-small-investors/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:15:24 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=312593 This powerful tool gives the average investor the ability to deploy lucrative options strategies with minimal capital outlay.

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This powerful tool gives the average investor the ability to deploy lucrative options strategies with minimal capital outlay.

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NASDAQ:AAPL NASDAQ:GOOG NASDAQ:AMZN NYSEARCA:SPY NYSEARCA:GLD Options Education
Don’t Rely on Screeners for Covered Calls http://investorplace.com/2012/08/dont-rely-on-screeners-for-covered-calls/ http://investorplace.com/2012/08/dont-rely-on-screeners-for-covered-calls/#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:45:33 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=219286 Set your parameters wisely. But in all cases, you must be careful which stocks to use covered calls on. Don't get tempted by large, risky premiums.

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Set your parameters wisely. But in all cases, you must be careful which stocks to use covered calls on. Don't get tempted by large, risky premiums.

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NYSE:H NYSE:KOLD NYSE:XOM NYSE:KO NASDAQ:FCFS Options Education
Options: Gamma Risk Visualized http://investorplace.com/2012/05/options-gamma-risk-visualized/ http://investorplace.com/2012/05/options-gamma-risk-visualized/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 14:18:47 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=165934 Gamma grows as expiration approaches, so exiting a bit early may appeal to those with a lower risk appetite.

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Gamma grows as expiration approaches, so exiting a bit early may appeal to those with a lower risk appetite.

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Options Education
5 Rules for Selling Options for Profits http://investorplace.com/2012/04/5-rules-for-selling-options-for-profits-c/ http://investorplace.com/2012/04/5-rules-for-selling-options-for-profits-c/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:00:16 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=161818 Generating income from options strategies takes time and knowledge, and here are five plus-one rules to help you find your way through.

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Generating income from options strategies takes time and knowledge, and here are five plus-one rules to help you find your way through.

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NYSE:C Strategies
Options Trading and the “Sell in May” Phenomenon http://investorplace.com/2012/04/options-trading-and-the-sell-in-may-phenomenon/ http://investorplace.com/2012/04/options-trading-and-the-sell-in-may-phenomenon/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:35:11 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=160286 Whether or not you believe in "Sell in May and Go Away," there are options strategies to take note of during the summer doldrums.

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Whether or not you believe in "Sell in May and Go Away," there are options strategies to take note of during the summer doldrums.

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INX:DJIA Options Education
3 Keys to Understanding Gamma http://investorplace.com/2012/04/3-keys-to-understanding-gamma/ http://investorplace.com/2012/04/3-keys-to-understanding-gamma/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:30:34 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=157223 Our review of the Greeks comes to a conclusion with gamma.

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Our review of the Greeks comes to a conclusion with gamma.

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Options Education
What Happens in Vega… http://investorplace.com/2012/04/what-happens-in-vega/ http://investorplace.com/2012/04/what-happens-in-vega/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:30:39 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=154109 Vega measures how much an options position will shift with each move in implied volatility, helping traders avoid being blindsided.

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Vega measures how much an options position will shift with each move in implied volatility, helping traders avoid being blindsided.

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Options Education
Covered Call Advice From a Pro http://investorplace.com/2012/04/covered-call-advice-from-a-pro/ http://investorplace.com/2012/04/covered-call-advice-from-a-pro/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:02:31 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=152213 An expert's look at covered call trading, including strategies, inherent difficulties and some of the best stocks to trade.

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An expert's look at covered call trading, including strategies, inherent difficulties and some of the best stocks to trade.

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NYSE:IBM NASDAQ:AAPL NYSE:MCD NYSE:XOM NYSE:WMT Options Education
The Theta Thief Feasts on Option Value http://investorplace.com/2012/04/the-theta-thief-feasts-on-option-value/ http://investorplace.com/2012/04/the-theta-thief-feasts-on-option-value/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:13:24 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=151803 Theta becomes more bold as expiration approaches, benefiting the options seller and robbing the options buyer.

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Theta becomes more bold as expiration approaches, benefiting the options seller and robbing the options buyer.

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Options Education
May the (Trading) Odds Be Ever In Your Favor http://investorplace.com/2012/03/may-the-trading-odds-be-ever-in-your-favor/ http://investorplace.com/2012/03/may-the-trading-odds-be-ever-in-your-favor/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:43:56 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=148814 For premium sellers, one simple equation can help you predict your profit potential.

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For premium sellers, one simple equation can help you predict your profit potential.

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Options Education
Conquering the Notoriously Difficult Straddle Play http://investorplace.com/2012/03/conquering-the-notoriously-difficult-straddle-play/ http://investorplace.com/2012/03/conquering-the-notoriously-difficult-straddle-play/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:41:32 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=146226 Straddles don't win if the stock moves higher or lower - they profit if the stock moves higher or lower than anticipated.

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Straddles don't win if the stock moves higher or lower - they profit if the stock moves higher or lower than anticipated.

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NASDAQ:AMZN Strategies
Trading Covered Calls in Your IRA http://investorplace.com/2012/03/trading-covered-calls-in-your-ira/ http://investorplace.com/2012/03/trading-covered-calls-in-your-ira/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:00:53 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=140962 Covered calls: a neutral-to-bullish options strategy for all levels of investors.

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Covered calls: a neutral-to-bullish options strategy for all levels of investors.

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NASDAQ:DLTR Options Education
Stocks Climbing Through the Wall of Worry? http://investorplace.com/2012/03/stocks-climbing-through-the-wall-of-worry/ http://investorplace.com/2012/03/stocks-climbing-through-the-wall-of-worry/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:15:35 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=140796 Does investor pessimism amid a strong uptrend mean the bullish ride should continue?

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Does investor pessimism amid a strong uptrend mean the bullish ride should continue?

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INDEXSP:.INX Options Education
Is Light-Volume Trading a Good Thing? http://investorplace.com/2012/03/is-light-volume-trading-a-good-thing/ http://investorplace.com/2012/03/is-light-volume-trading-a-good-thing/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:56:36 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=138866 Month-over-month options volume indicates traders are becoming more engaged.

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Month-over-month options volume indicates traders are becoming more engaged.

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Options Education
Options Made Simple: Selling Covered Calls http://investorplace.com/2012/01/options-made-simple-selling-covered-calls/ http://investorplace.com/2012/01/options-made-simple-selling-covered-calls/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:49:15 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=125806 How to trade a conservative hedge on an existing stock holding.

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How to trade a conservative hedge on an existing stock holding.

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Options Education
Portfolio Protection Step 5: Put Options http://investorplace.com/2012/01/portfolio-protection-step-5-put-options/ http://investorplace.com/2012/01/portfolio-protection-step-5-put-options/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:00:43 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=124237 In my recent article 5 Steps to Protect Your Portfolio, the final step I discussed was utilizing put options as insurance that any unrealized gains you have don’t turn into losses. Most investors have heard of options but often think they are just for rich folks or hedge-fund managers, who employ them for speculative purposes....

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In my recent article 5 Steps to Protect Your Portfolio, the final step I discussed was utilizing put options as insurance that any unrealized gains you have don’t turn into losses. Most investors have heard of options but often think they are just for rich folks or hedge-fund managers, who employ them for speculative purposes....

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NASDAQ:ETFC Options Education
Why the World Is an Option Seller’s Oyster Right Now http://investorplace.com/2012/01/why-the-world-is-an-option-sellers-oyster-right-now/ http://investorplace.com/2012/01/why-the-world-is-an-option-sellers-oyster-right-now/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:25:18 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=123555 Writing covered put options offers you a way to make gains when the market as a whole isn't returning any.

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Writing covered put options offers you a way to make gains when the market as a whole isn't returning any.

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NYSE:TR NYSE:XHB NYSE:SEA NYSE:KBE Options Education
The Secret to Making Your Biggest Earnings Season Gains http://investorplace.com/2012/01/the-secret-to-making-your-biggest-earnings-season-gains/ http://investorplace.com/2012/01/the-secret-to-making-your-biggest-earnings-season-gains/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:55:10 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=91338 Learn how to gain 100% per year on your money every year during 30 stress-free days on the calendar.

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Learn how to gain 100% per year on your money every year during 30 stress-free days on the calendar.

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NASDAQ:AAPL Strategies
Look to the Dollar for Market Direction http://investorplace.com/2011/12/look-to-the-dollar-for-market-direction-inverse-correlation/ http://investorplace.com/2011/12/look-to-the-dollar-for-market-direction-inverse-correlation/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:00:41 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=82794 This is one very clear trend that, if we follow it closely, can lead to great profits and much more clarity.

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This is one very clear trend that, if we follow it closely, can lead to great profits and much more clarity.

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CBOE:VIX Options Education
Protect a Losing Short Position with a Collar http://investorplace.com/2011/10/protect-a-losing-short-position-with-a-collar/ http://investorplace.com/2011/10/protect-a-losing-short-position-with-a-collar/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:45:42 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=73869 Cut your losses and your exposure to further upside moves in a shorted stock with the collar strategy.

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Cut your losses and your exposure to further upside moves in a shorted stock with the collar strategy.

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NASDAQ:EDMC Strategies
The Right Way to Buy Rising Stocks http://investorplace.com/2011/10/the-right-way-to-buy-a-rising-stock-met-pru-al/ http://investorplace.com/2011/10/the-right-way-to-buy-a-rising-stock-met-pru-al/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:17:05 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=72570 Don't let the fear of being late to the party keep you on the sidelines. Here's a win-win strategy for buying stocks that are on the rise.

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Don't let the fear of being late to the party keep you on the sidelines. Here's a win-win strategy for buying stocks that are on the rise.

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NYSE:PRU NYSE:MET NYSE:ALL Strategies
A Volatility View of Netflix Earnings http://investorplace.com/2011/10/a-volatility-view-of-netflix-earnings/ http://investorplace.com/2011/10/a-volatility-view-of-netflix-earnings/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:42:18 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=72554 While NFLX volatility was elevated heading into earnings, it wasn’t high enough – not even close -- to predict the stock's steep descent.

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While NFLX volatility was elevated heading into earnings, it wasn’t high enough – not even close -- to predict the stock's steep descent.

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NASDAQ:NFLX Strategies
Why it Pays to Enter an Option in 2 Trades http://investorplace.com/2011/10/why-it-pays-to-enter-an-option-in-2-trades/ http://investorplace.com/2011/10/why-it-pays-to-enter-an-option-in-2-trades/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:00:27 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=71424 You can hedge against being too early on an options trade by cutting your allotment in half and making two trades instead of one.

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You can hedge against being too early on an options trade by cutting your allotment in half and making two trades instead of one.

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AMEX:QID Strategies
How to Lock In Part of Your Call-Option Profit http://investorplace.com/2011/09/how-to-lock-in-part-of-your-call-option-profit/ http://investorplace.com/2011/09/how-to-lock-in-part-of-your-call-option-profit/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:50:31 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=63040 Here's a way to book part of a successful trade but stay in for more upside.

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Here's a way to book part of a successful trade but stay in for more upside.

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NASDAQ:AMZN Options Education
How to Defend Your Options Profit http://investorplace.com/2011/08/how-to-defend-your-options-profit/ http://investorplace.com/2011/08/how-to-defend-your-options-profit/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:21:20 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=60654 Here's a strategy to avoid giving away too much profit.

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Here's a strategy to avoid giving away too much profit.

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NASDAQ:AMZN Options Education
Learn to Embrace Volatility’s Tipping Point http://investorplace.com/2011/08/learn-to-embrace-volatilitys-tipping-point/ http://investorplace.com/2011/08/learn-to-embrace-volatilitys-tipping-point/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:37:49 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=57971 A surge in implied volatility can offset the risk of selling puts against a stock's downtrend.

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A surge in implied volatility can offset the risk of selling puts against a stock's downtrend.

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NYSE:USO Strategies
Tap Into Sky-High Option Premiums http://investorplace.com/2011/08/how-to-play-high-option-premiums/ http://investorplace.com/2011/08/how-to-play-high-option-premiums/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:09:56 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=57915 Option premiums are at levels not seen in a year, and as a result, selling options in today’s market is an excellent strategy.

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Option premiums are at levels not seen in a year, and as a result, selling options in today’s market is an excellent strategy.

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NYSE:SPY Options Education
Covered Calls: A High-Volatility Crutch? http://investorplace.com/2011/08/covered-calls-a-high-volatility-crutch/ http://investorplace.com/2011/08/covered-calls-a-high-volatility-crutch/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:02:42 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=57403 This options strategy isn't automatically the best in fearful markets.

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This options strategy isn't automatically the best in fearful markets.

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Strategies
Options Volatility Not Leaving Anytime Soon http://investorplace.com/2011/08/options-volatility-not-leaving-anytime-soon/ http://investorplace.com/2011/08/options-volatility-not-leaving-anytime-soon/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 15:12:58 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=55219 It's clear that investor fear won't subside quickly.

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It's clear that investor fear won't subside quickly.

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NYSE:VXX Strategies
4 Must Knows About Option Volatility http://investorplace.com/2011/06/option-volatility-implied-historic-aapl-cboe/ http://investorplace.com/2011/06/option-volatility-implied-historic-aapl-cboe/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:24:00 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=45389 Option traders must learn and study the role that volatility has in the pricing of options.

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Option traders must learn and study the role that volatility has in the pricing of options.

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NASDAQ: AAPL NASDAQ: CBOE Options Education
What a Tool – Option Volatility Charts http://investorplace.com/2011/06/option-volatility-charts-spx-rut-gld-uso-aapl/ http://investorplace.com/2011/06/option-volatility-charts-spx-rut-gld-uso-aapl/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 09:50:03 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=44709 Options traders use volatility charts to help determine the value of an option premium.

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Options traders use volatility charts to help determine the value of an option premium.

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CBOE: SPX CBOE: RUT NASDAQ: AAPL NYSE: GLD NYSE: USO Options Education
3 Advantages of Spread Trading http://investorplace.com/2011/05/3-advantages-spread-trading/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/3-advantages-spread-trading/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 13:39:59 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=42695 Options spread trades are less risky than a straight call or put purchase

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Options spread trades are less risky than a straight call or put purchase

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Use Options to Generate Income http://investorplace.com/2011/05/use-options-to-generate-income/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/use-options-to-generate-income/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 13:06:42 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=42253 Selling covered calls and put options are bullish strategies that generate income.

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Selling covered calls and put options are bullish strategies that generate income.

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Selling Puts vs. Covered Calls – Which Is Better? http://investorplace.com/2011/05/selling-puts-vs-covered-calls-which-is-better/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/selling-puts-vs-covered-calls-which-is-better/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 05:08:12 +0000 Many investors are surprised to learn that the benefits of covered calls can be had without increasing risk by selling short or naked puts.

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Many investors are surprised to learn that the benefits of covered calls can be had without increasing risk by selling short or naked puts.

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Strategies
Covered Calls: 5 Things You Need to Know About Covered Calls http://investorplace.com/2011/05/what-you-need-to-know-about-covered-calls/ http://investorplace.com/2011/05/what-you-need-to-know-about-covered-calls/#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 05:49:24 +0000 There are a few things you need to keep in mind when selling covered calls, including ways to keep your commission and transaction costs down.

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There are a few things you need to keep in mind when selling covered calls, including ways to keep your commission and transaction costs down.

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Strategies
Options Strategies: Long Straddle http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-strategies-long-straddle/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-strategies-long-straddle/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:27:10 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=40695 Options Industry Council Strategy Briefs

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Options Industry Council Strategy Briefs

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Strategies
The Advantages of Covered Calls http://investorplace.com/2011/04/advantages-of-covered-calls/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/advantages-of-covered-calls/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:07:03 +0000 Covered calls are a great way to limit your liability as an option writer and hedge risk on your stock holdings.

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Covered calls are a great way to limit your liability as an option writer and hedge risk on your stock holdings.

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Strategies
Options FAQ: Technical Information http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-technical-information/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-technical-information/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:45:22 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41123 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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Options FAQ: Splits, Mergers, Spinoffs & Bankruptcies http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-splits-mergers-spinoffs-bankruptcies/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-splits-mergers-spinoffs-bankruptcies/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:40:10 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41120 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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Options FAQ: LEAPS® & Cycles http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-leaps-cycles/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-leaps-cycles/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:34:05 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41114 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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Options FAQ: Options Assignment http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-options-assignment/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-options-assignment/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:29:43 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41111 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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Options FAQ: Trade Entry & Execution http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-trade-entry-execution/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-trade-entry-execution/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:24:29 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41108 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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Options FAQ: Expiration http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-expiration/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-expiration/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:20:01 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41105 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing.

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Options FAQ: Option Price Behavior http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-option-price-behavior/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-option-price-behavior/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:15:03 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41102 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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Options FAQ: Strategies http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-strategies/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-strategies/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:05:19 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41095 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing

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Options FAQ: Options Exercise http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-options-exercise/ http://investorplace.com/2011/04/options-faq-options-exercise/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:56:12 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=41092 The Options Industry Council answers common questions on options investing.

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