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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

Is Writing Covered Calls Only for the Wealthy?

Feb. 25, 2011, 6:00 am EDT – Options investing offers strategies that fit many portfolios, from small accounts to the wealthy. Writing covered call options can be used by many investors. More 

Options Expiration – Dreams Die Hard

Feb. 16, 2011, 2:41 pm EDT – 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. More 

Making Money with Options

Feb. 7, 2011, 9:35 am EDT – A measured approach to options trading works best with options offering leverage, income, and hedging benefits to investors’ portfolios. More 

Smart Advice Works for All Traders

Jan. 31, 2011, 11:13 am EDT – Traders of all experience levels should not assume that options trading advice is a waste of time. Incorporate helpful ideas without brushing them off. More 

Options and Dividends — When to Exercise

Jan. 25, 2011, 9:30 am EDT – Option owners will want to follow a few rules to determine the best time to exercise their call options to receive a stock dividend. More 

5 Option Expiration Questions Answered

Jan. 18, 2011, 3:36 pm EDT – Option expiration can be confusing for traders of all skill sets. More 

6 Reasons Option Traders Fail

Jan. 12, 2011, 12:51 pm EDT – Option traders that fail make six common mistakes. More 

Early Assignment Can Be a Gift

Jan. 3, 2011, 10:48 am EDT – A rookie option trader should not fear early exercise of an option that he sold as it can prove profitable. More 

5 Things to Watch Going Into Expiration

Nov. 16, 2010, 11:15 am EDT – There are certain situations that can amplify or crush the value of your option positions as expiration Friday approaches. More 

5 Ways to Trade a Neutral Iron Condor

Nov. 8, 2010, 3:30 pm EDT – There's more than one way to trade 'neutral' to minimize risk. More