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Trading Alibaba (BABA) Options: What You Need to Know.

optionsguy posted on 09/25/14 at 03:45 PM

TradeKing’s Brian Overby outlines key points for traders interested in options contracts on Alibaba Group, which are scheduled to begin trading Monday, September 29th. Alibaba Equity IPO As any m... more

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Apple Stock Split - Options Traders FAQs

optionsguy posted on 06/05/14 at 03:46 PM

By now you’ve probably have heard that Apple, Inc. (Symbol AAPL) has announced a stock split. This will be the company's fourth stock split since the company went public back in December of 1980. T... more

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A Must Read for VIX Option Traders!

optionsguy posted on 02/25/14 at 09:32 AM

Hello VIX traders, Just wanted you to know that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has begun disseminating indices that are linked to VIX futures contracts. The VIX Futures Indices correspo... more

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Option Exercise and Early Assignment - Part 5

optionsguy posted on 01/24/14 at 06:32 PM

We’re headed into the home stretch of my blog series on option exercise and early assignment. This post is not necessarily about exercise and early assignment like the previous posts in this series... more

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Option Exercise and Early Assignment - Part 4

optionsguy posted on 01/10/14 at 09:14 AM

Welcome back to my blog series on option exercise and early assignment. So far in the series we’ve defined early exercise and reviewed some general factors that might up the chances of early exerci... more

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Option Exercise and Early Assignment - Part 3

optionsguy posted on 01/06/14 at 09:41 AM

Welcome back to my blog series on option exercise and early assignment. So far we've defined some important terms and reviewed some general factors that might up the chances of early exercise and a... more

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Option Exercise and Early Assignment - Part 2

optionsguy posted on 12/20/13 at 03:11 PM

Welcome back to my series on early exercise. Today I'm going to review a few tell-tale signals that help you determine if your short option position is more or less at risk for early assignment. I... more

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Option Exercise and Early Assignment: Part 1

optionsguy posted on 12/13/13 at 10:22 AM

If you're selling options -- either as single contracts or as part of spreads or another strategy -- chances are, sooner or later, you'll get hit with a surprise early assignment. Fact is, too many... more

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Trading Twitter (TWTR) Options: What You Need to Know

optionsguy posted on 11/14/13 at 10:29 AM

TradeKing’s Brian Overby outlines key points for traders interested in TWTR options contracts, which are scheduled to begin trading Friday, November 15. Twitter’s Equity IPO As any market-watc... more

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Options Playbook Giveaway!

optionsguy posted on 08/28/13 at 03:28 PM

We're giving away 10 Options Playbooks! To enter, go to the TradeKing’s Facebook page, like us and submit your info. After you enter, we'd love to see your comments on how you think The Options Pl... more

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Synthetic Stock Defined and More

optionsguy posted on 04/15/13 at 04:47 PM

TradeKing Senior Options Analyst, Brian Overby, discusses many different ways options can be used to create synthetic positions. Hello Traders, In my blog written on 11/19/12 titled “Are the p... more

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Mini-Options: A Crash Course for Options Traders

optionsguy posted on 03/13/13 at 12:26 PM

Trading options on high-priced stocks just became more affordable for individual investors. On March 18th, mini options will be introduced on Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and a... more

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Potential options strategies for the fiscal cliff

optionsguy posted on 12/27/12 at 11:01 AM

TradeKing Senior Options Analyst, Brian Overby, discusses potential option strategies for the looming fiscal cliff. Surprisingly, the options marketplace - until recently - has been discounting ... more

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Are the price of calls and puts related?

optionsguy posted on 11/19/12 at 09:43 AM

TradeKing Senior Options Analyst, Brian Overby, dispels another option trading myth about the pricing of call and put options. Hello Traders, Today, we are going to explore an important relati... more

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Long Calendar Spread - How to Video

optionsguy posted on 09/13/12 at 11:39 AM

A Long Calendar Spread is the simultaneous sale of a near term option (front month) and the purchase of a far term option (back month) of the same strike price and the same type (puts or call... more

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VIX Options - The need to know before you trade.

optionsguy posted on 09/09/12 at 10:14 PM

TradeKing Senior Options Analyst, Brian Overby, provides some tips if you are thinking about trading VIX options in September and October. Hello Traders, With the CBOE Volatility Index (VI... more

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Long Straddles & Strangles - How to Video

optionsguy posted on 08/16/12 at 02:09 PM

This video covers the basics of the long straddle and strangle.  Long straddles and strangles involve the purchase of a call and a put at the same time with the same expiration date. The long s... more

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Introducing the VIX of the VIX

optionsguy posted on 07/26/12 at 04:29 PM

TradeKing Senior Options Analyst, Brian Overby, gives some insight on a new volatility index and discusses an option strategy that may be useful when trading VIX option contracts. Hello Traders, ... more

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Leveraged Covered Call - How to Video

optionsguy posted on 07/12/12 at 02:39 PM

This video covers the basics of the leveraged covered call strategy. This strategy involves the purchase of a long tern in-the-money call option (LEAPS) on a particular underlying stock, while ... more

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Where's the VIX future again?

optionsguy posted on 06/29/12 at 09:01 PM

TradeKing Senior Options Analyst Brian Overby discusses the VIX option contracts and how to use a VIX index option chain to help determine the value of a VIX future contract. Recently I wro... more

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