Doc Maher takes a closer look at IV's impact on calendar spreads. Last
time in Calendars and the “Big 3” Option Factors, I talked about IV's impact on calendar spreads. You will remember that ri... more
Happy holidays, everyone. TK client (and options rookie) captaincranky entered a 17.50 March straddle on JBL
recently and wondered what the All-Stars and Trader Network folks would
suggest to man... more
Mark Wolfinger explains how to pick the size of your next covered call sale. In one of my recent posts, Get smart on covered calls, I offered tips for optimizing the effectiveness of your covered... more
Mark Wolfinger answers a newbie option trader's questions.
Say you bought your first option contract, a long call. How do you exit the trade? Are you REQUIRED to exercise the option? I came acro... more
Brian Overby welcomes our latest All-Star commentator. While Nicole’s out on maternity leave, it’s my pleasure to introduce our latest new All-Star commentator, Quint Tatro of Tickerville.com. Qu... more
Fred Ruffy finds emerging options trends in the latest trading session. Unusual Options Volume Movers Research In Motion (RIMM) saw 3X average daily trading volume, with 496,000 contracts traded... more
Brian Overby welcomes our latest All-Star commentator.
As Nicole’s pinch-hitter while she’s on maternity leave, I’m excited to announce our latest All-Star commentator, Rob Franklin Smith!
Rob ... more
Mark Wolfinger offers tips for optimizing your covered call strategy. Recently I came across this forum thread in which TK client Horseyonz shares a plan to get started trading options. Horseyonz... more
Alan Brochstein takes a closer look at utility stocks At a time when everyone seems focused on yield, one sector I think makes sense is Utilities. The sector has lagged the market this year, incr... more
Doc Maher examines how calendars are impacted by IV, time decay and underlying price moves. Hello, traders! My previous post Calendar Spreads for Income explained the core concepts of calendars;... more
Doc Maher closes out this theoretical IC with juicy results and lessons learned. Remember our theoretical Jan RUT iron condor? We teed up this example on 10/20, we made an (imaginary) adjustment... more
Mark Wolfinger expands on this bullish options strategy. I got some excellent feedback on my last post, How to sell OTM puts, and thought it was worth a follow-up. First, let me briefly recap t... more
Fred Ruffy finds emerging options trends in the latest trading session. Unusual Options Volume Movers Real-Time at WhatsTrading.com Barrick Gold (ABX) is seeing 2X average daily trading volume, w... more
Jeff Clark says the debt-cockroaches are back on Wall St – and they’re hungrier than ever. Nothing ruins a good meal like the vision of a cockroach scurrying across the table. In the financial ... more
Mark Wolfinger explains the in’s and outs of this bullish options strategy. Recently I came across a TradeKing client Noobie Trac asking what selling OTM puts is all about. Let’s break this stra... more
Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment The major averages traded modestly lower Monday, as the underlying tone remains cautious after fears about rene... more
Mark Wolfinger puts the danger of exercise into perspective for a new options seller. Sometimes options traders can get burned for dangers they don’t know to expect. At the other extreme, it’s co... more
Alan Brochstein finds some “turkey” value stocks with wings. It’s almost Thanksgiving. In a year that stocks recovered, particularly compared to the depths of early March, we should all be than... more