Options Education

Options: The Calendar Call Spread

The calendar call spread is an options play that allows you to profit -- even if a stock goes nowhere.

Options: The Short Bear Ratio Spread

If you think your stock will tank, protect yourself with this complex option strategy. Here's an example using the upcoming Green Mountain earnings.

Options: The Diagonal Call Spread

The diagonal call spread takes some patience, but it offers decent rewards for very little risk. Get familiar with the options strategy with this Priceline trade idea.

Options: Iron Condors vs. Covered Calls

Covered calls theoretically are the riskier of the two strategies, but they're still a better option in certain situations.

Mini-Options Change the Game for Small Investors

This powerful tool gives the average investor the ability to deploy lucrative options strategies with minimal capital outlay.

Don’t Rely on Screeners for Covered Calls

Set your parameters wisely. But in all cases, you must be careful which stocks to use covered calls on. Don't get tempted by large, risky premiums.

5 Rules for Selling Options for Profits

Generating income from options strategies takes time and knowledge, and here are five plus-one rules to help you find your way through.

Options Trading and the “Sell in May” Phenomenon

Whether or not you believe in "Sell in May and Go Away," there are options strategies to take note of during the summer doldrums.

3 Keys to Understanding Gamma

Our review of the Greeks comes to a conclusion with gamma.

What Happens in Vega…

Vega measures how much an options position will shift with each move in implied volatility, helping traders avoid being blindsided.

Covered Call Advice From a Pro

An expert's look at covered call trading, including strategies, inherent difficulties and some of the best stocks to trade.

The Theta Thief Feasts on Option Value

Theta becomes more bold as expiration approaches, benefiting the options seller and robbing the options buyer.

May the (Trading) Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

For premium sellers, one simple equation can help you predict your profit potential.

Conquering the Notoriously Difficult Straddle Play

Straddles don't win if the stock moves higher or lower - they profit if the stock moves higher or lower than anticipated.

Trading Covered Calls in Your IRA

Covered calls: a neutral-to-bullish options strategy for all levels of investors.

Stocks Climbing Through the Wall of Worry?

Does investor pessimism amid a strong uptrend mean the bullish ride should continue?

Is Light-Volume Trading a Good Thing?

Month-over-month options volume indicates traders are becoming more engaged.

Options Made Simple: Selling Covered Calls

How to trade a conservative hedge on an existing stock holding.

Portfolio Protection Step 5: Put Options

In my recent article 5 Steps to Protect Your Portfolio, the final step I discussed was utilizing put options as insurance that any unrealized gains...