Options 101

What are Options?

An option is a securities contract, a “call” or a “put,” that gives you the right to buy (call) or sell (put) the underlying equity, index, or ETF. Read Article

The Uphill Battle for VIX Bulls

The VIX continues to sit at annual lows, but trying to wager on upside is probably more difficult than you think. Read Article

Options Expiration Quiz

For option traders, expiration day can be the best day of the month -- or the very worst. Do you know what you're doing? Read Article

Making Money With Options the ‘Write’ Way

Options trading is a balancing act that favors the house. Find out how to master the balancing act and achieve great returns. Read Article

2012 Options Trading Profit Guide

This free options trading education guide will get you up to speed on the basics of trading options and ready to trade in no time. Read Article

The Single Trading Variable Always Within Your Control

When sizing positions, you might risk a fixed percentage or dollar amount in each trade, or you might adjust the amount of money at risk. Read Article

Test Your Options IQ

Take our options trading quiz to find out just how savvy an options trader you are. Read Article

What Traders Need to Know About Option Settlement

The rarely-discussed topic of option settlement is critical for option trading success. Read Article

7 Tips for Mastering Put Selling

Selling put options can provide consistent profits or allow you to buy stocks at a discount. Read Article

5 Advantages of Trading Weekly Options

Find out what it is that traders love so much about Weeklys. Read Article

11 Secrets of Naked Option Writing

Naked options can be risky, but you shouldn't let your fear hold you back. Here are some things you should know before you get naked. Read Article

4 Tips for Trading Weekly Options

These important strategy adjustments are designed to promote safer, more successful weekly options trading. Read Article

Options Newbies — Take a Deep Breath …

New options traders should have realistic expectations. So, how much should a new trader expect to make? Read Article

Roll Up an Option Spread to Garner Profits

Grab your profits from a long call option position when the underlying rises but rolling up your position. Read Article

Earnings Take Option Prices on Bumpy Ride

Earnings seasons puts a monkey wrench into the logic of time decay and options pricing. Read Article

Earnings a Volatile Season for Options

Earnings season is a difficult time for options trading because the news causes volatility to fluctuate unpredictably. Read Article

If Stocks Go Idle, Should Options?

The proposed “limit up limit down” volatility curb would pause stocks but keep options trading. Read Article

What a Tool – Option Volatility Skew Charts

Options traders can use volatility skew charts to better understand the impact of implied volatility on the pricing of options. Read Article

Stay Sharp When VIX Is High

A rally in the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) can mean a troubled market but rarely a meltdown. Read Article

VIX Rally Looks Like Real Volatility Lift

The rally in the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) appears real. Read Article