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Mark Wolfinger
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Mark D. Wolfinger grew up in Brooklyn and holds a Bachelor of Science from Brooklyn College and a PhD in chemistry from Northwestern University. After seven years as a research chemist, in 1976, he packed his belongings, left his career behind and headed to Chicago to become a market maker on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).

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Recent Articles

6 Options Expiration Day Traps to Avoid

Jun. 1, 2012, 10:00 am EDT – Find out what you need to know and what steps you should take to avoid unpleasant surprises on expiration day. More 

4 Critical Tips for Every Options Trader

May. 12, 2012, 5:44 pm EDT – Four rules every options trader should follow. More 

5 Things You Must Know to Trade Index Options

May. 2, 2012, 2:10 pm EDT – A tutorial on trading index options like the S&P 500 (CBOE: SPX), CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX), Russell 2000 (.RUT), and the Nasdaq-100 Index (.NDX). More 

5 Advantages of Trading Weekly Options

Aug. 5, 2011, 11:43 am EDT – Find out what it is that traders love so much about Weeklys. More 

Options a Cheap Play for Next Move

May. 2, 2011, 8:36 am EDT – Death of bin Laden offers opportunity for call and put options traders. More 

Smart Options Trading – Earnings Season

Apr. 20, 2011, 9:15 am EDT – During earnings season the smartest options strategies involve less risk, lower returns, and a greater probability of success. More 

Speculating on Market Direction for One Stock

Apr. 14, 2011, 5:31 am EDT – An options spread trade raises the opportunity for profit though the return may be modest. More 

Are Options a Zero Sum Game?

Apr. 2, 2011, 4:00 am EDT – Those who claim options are a zero sum game do not understand the product or its many uses. More 

Options Beginners – Know the Rules

Mar. 16, 2011, 12:40 pm EDT – Beginning option traders often assume they know the rules, a mistake that can lead to money-losing trades. More 

SPX Options Undergo a Metamorphosis

Mar. 8, 2011, 10:09 am EDT – 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. More