Options 101

Use Options to Profit as This Bull Slows

Sell covered call options to earn profits as bull market slows. Focus on bonds (NYSE: TBT), gold (NYSE: GLD), and commodities (NYSE: POT), (NYSE: FCX). Read Article

Try an IBM Buy-Write with a Twist

Try an IBM (NYSE: IBM) buy-write trade with a twist. Buy a deep in-the-money call instead of buying the stock ands sell an out-of-the money call. Read Article

Carnage in VIX Powers On

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX), also called the ‘fear index’, keeps dropping. Read Article

Is This the End of VIX Downtrend?

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) moved in the last week in a range of over 30 and down to 20. Read Article

Fight Trading Panic With Covered Calls

Selling covered call options is a smart strategy when the market is panicking. Read Article

VIX Options, Futures Confuse the Pros Too

Prices on the options and futures on the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) can appear to act illogically. Read Article

Options Beginners – Know the Rules

Beginning option traders often assume they know the rules, a mistake that can lead to money-losing trades. Read Article

VIX Sets Record With 1 Million Contracts

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) set a record, trading more than one million contracts. The CBOE may trade volatility indexes on equities and ETFs. Read Article

VIX Not Signaling Panic – Yet

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is testing its highs after a two-year downtrend. Read Article

How Option Pros View Expiration

Professional option traders, or market makers, treat expiration day differently. Occasional option investors would do well to learn the secrets. Read Article

4 Cornerstones for Option Profits

Options trading investors should keep four rules in mind. Watch options delta, minimize time decay, check volatility, and use time to your advantage. Read Article

SPX Options Undergo a Metamorphosis

The S&P 500 Index option (CBOE: SPX) is a popular product that will become more popular when it shifts to afternoon settlement from morning settlement. Read Article

Covered Calls and First of the Month Phenom

Investors can profit from the first of the month phenomenon by buying stock and selling covered call options. Read Article

VIX on Track for Greater Volatility

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is showing greater volatility after nearly a year of mild behavior. Read Article

Are VIX and Bollinger a Match to Watch?

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) and Bollinger Bands have tracked each other closely as market indicators. Read Article

VIX Looks Ready to Run

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) could rise rapidly as the broad market is vulnerable to oil shocks. The VXX futures could be a trading tool. Read Article

Time to Think Options, Taxes and IRAs

With April 15 coming, investors should consider whether to trade options through their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA). Many brokers allow it. Read Article

Use Option Spreads to Profit From Time Decay

Options traders can counteract premium loss due to time decay by using butterfly spreads. View this trade in Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX). Read Article

Options Focus – Apple Bites, VIX-Lite

A focus on the options market for Thursday shows Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) busy heading into expiration Friday while traders bet the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) won’t move. Read Article

Options Expiration – Dreams Die Hard

Options expiration can be difficult for traders. They either love it, hate it, or are neutral and miss the action. Find your attitude and trade accordingly. Read Article