Implied Volatility

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How to Take Advantage of Volatility in Oil Prices

While international tensions aren't sending crude oil prices soaring, they are bumping up oil volatility. Consider a straddle on USO to profit. More 

GOOG: A Pre-Earnings Options Trade for Google Stock

Ahead of Google's earnings report, expectations have ratcheted higher, as has the volatility of Google stock. That sets up this iron condor trade. More 

Implied Volatility and Earnings

Wade Hansen walks you through how implied volatility plays out leading up to and after an earnings trade to help you avoid any pitfalls. More 

Volatility Has Entered the Building!

The lift in implied volatility is increasing the appeal of option-selling strategies like individual credit spreads and iron condors. Consider these two SPY trades. More 

Gold Changes Its Stripes, Favoring the Bulls for a Change

Traders wishing to go the higher-probability route who want to make a bet that GLD will remain above its potential double bottom could sell bull put spreads. More 

Facebook’s Volatility Has Fallen Into the Basement

Following Facebook's recent earnings announcement, implied volatility has dropped -- the perfect environment for options buyers who have been considering a trade. More 

Low Volatility Is Depressing Options Sellers

Find out how extraordinarily low implied volatility is affecting what options trades you should pursue to hedge your portfolio. More