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Options 101

Grown Men Tremble at Fear Gauge Close

The monthly settlement price of the CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is confusing. Read Article

What a Tool — the Options Calculator

Options calculators are valuable tool for novice options traders as they learn premium pricing. Read Article

Options Reinvent Sell in May Cliché

Option traders should use income-producing trading strategies during slow summer months when volume and volatility dry up. Read Article

BATS Options Exchange Files for IPO

The BATS Global exchange operator filed for an initial public offering. The BATS is one of nine options exchanges. Read Article

Bernanke Speak – Look for Proven Brands

Trade established brands like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is the conclusion drawn from the press conference by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Read Article

Options Speak 101 — Meet the Greeks I

Options traders would do well to learn about the Greeks. First, delta and theta. Read Article

Why Selling Options Works for Traders

The strategic sale of an option offers income, flexibility, protects gains, and locks in a purchase price. Read Article

Decline of VIX Futures Worth Watching

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (NYSE: VXX) is dribbling away. Read Article

Smart Options Trading – Earnings Season

During earnings season the smartest options strategies involve less risk, lower returns, and a greater probability of success. Read Article

VIX Moves, Just When You Think It Won’t

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) moves big on quiet weeks and seemingly slow days. Read Article

Speculating on Market Direction for One Stock

An options spread trade raises the opportunity for profit though the return may be modest. Read Article

ETF Options Volume Grows 8,800%

Trading in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has exploded since 2000, growing 8,800%. Read Article

Low Option Volatility Means Vertical Spreads

Option volatility has dropped, making it hard to profit by just selling calls. Try vertical spreads. Read Article

Option Midday Movers April 5

Emerging Markets EEM tops volume list, while takeovers Inspire Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ISPH) and National Semiconductor (NYSE: NSM) get some action. Read Article

SPY Tops Option Midday Movers

Options trading at midday saw SPY topping volume action Read Article

The VIX Isn’t Low, the SPX is High

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) is correctly priced in this slow, grinding market. Read Article

CBOE Loses Options Volume Market Share

The nine options exchanges set a volume record in March but long time leader Chicago Board Options Exchange saw its market share drop. Read Article

Diversify With Covered Calls on ETFs

Covered call options written against index ETFs like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) help to diversify a portfolio. Read Article

Are Options a Zero Sum Game?

Those who claim options are a zero sum game do not understand the product or its many uses. Read Article

Options Investors Get Bullish — Really Bullish

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) and CBOE Equity Put-to-Call Ratio show that options traders believe the market will go higher in the near term. Read Article