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Options 101

What are Options?

An option is a securities contract, a “call” or a “put,” that gives you the right to buy (call) or sell (put) the underlying equity, index, or ETF. Read Article

Options Basics: How to Sell Covered Calls

Covered calls provide an alluring introduction into the options realm for traders looking to not only improve returns, but also attain some downside protection. Read Article

Need Income? You Need Covered Calls

This conservative options strategy generates a steady flow of cash in stocks you want to hold. Read Article

7 Reasons Not to Fear a Quadruple Witching

Get the answers to some common questions about this quadruple witching expiration day. Read Article

How to Manage Expiring Options Positions

With August options coming off the board Friday, it's a good time to review how to extend profits or reduce losses. Read Article

5 Popular Stocks Get the VIX Treatment

CBOE Stock VIXes track the implied volatility of AAPL, AMZN, GS, GOOG and IBM. Read Article

8 VIX Trading Myths Debunked

When it comes to the VIX, nothing trades quite like you think it should. Read Article

6 Options Expiration Day Traps to Avoid

Find out what you need to know and what steps you should take to avoid unpleasant surprises on expiration day. Read Article

Do You Know How to Trade the VIX?

With all the new ways to trade volatility, we're going to give you a primer on some VIX products. Read Article

Trade Your Way to Big Profits With Commodity Futures

Demand for crude oil, metals and other materials is increasing, so now is the perfect time to learn how to trade commodity futures. Read Article

4 Critical Tips for Every Options Trader

Four rules every options trader should follow. Read Article

5 Things You Must Know to Trade Index Options

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). Read Article

What are Options Contracts?

When you purchase options contract, the price quoted will be per share and not per contract. Here's a simple calculation to determine options contract price. Read Article

Choosing an Options Broker

Before you open an options trading account here are a few considerations you'll encounter when choosing an options broker. Getting approval for trading options. Read Article

Options Trading Strategies

There are many fairly complex options trading strategies. Here's a listing of options trading strategies for novice and seasoned options traders. Read Article

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Trading Options

In addition to risk, time decay, and overly aggressive positions, there are a few other common mistakes that option traders make. Avoid these Options Mistakes. Read Article

Understanding Options Risk

By understanding options risk, you can become a better and more profitable options trader. While big returns are achievable savvy traders understand the risk. Read Article

How to Read Options Quotes

How to read options quotes and make sense of open interest, volume and expiration cycles. Read Article

How to Price Options

The price of an option is influenced by the stock price, time left until the option expires, and the volatility of the stock. Learn how to price options. Read Article

How to Read Options Symbols

All options symbols are 21 characters long. While this seems like it would make the symbology difficult to understand, the uniform options symbol format is easy to understand. Read Article