TK All-Star’s Blog posts

Optimizing a straddle

TK All-Star posted on 01/05/10 at 10:11 AM

Doc Maher checks out captaincranky's JBL straddle TK client captaincranky entered a 17.50 March straddle on JBL recently and asked us All-Stars what we'd suggest to optimize his trade. Here ar... more


Calendars and Implied Volatility

TK All-Star posted on 01/04/10 at 11:44 AM

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

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Screen for Window-Dressing Stocks

TK All-Star posted on 12/31/09 at 11:16 AM

Alan Brochstein explains how to spot "window-dressing" stocks – and why you may want to sell them When the whole market seems to be ending the year strongly, many folks are looking for stocks ... more


JBL Straddle: A few pointers

TK All-Star posted on 12/29/09 at 03:10 PM

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


How many covered calls should you write?

TK All-Star posted on 12/28/09 at 10:37 AM

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

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Exiting a losing options trade

TK All-Star posted on 12/23/09 at 11:40 AM

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


Welcome, Quint Tatro of!

TK All-Star posted on 12/22/09 at 09:01 AM

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 Qu... more

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Options Movers: RIMM, ORCL, POT, ARIA, UAL

TK All-Star posted on 12/18/09 at 05:40 PM

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

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Welcome, Rob Smith of SmithsintheBlack!

TK All-Star posted on 12/17/09 at 02:43 PM

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


Get smart on covered calls

TK All-Star posted on 12/16/09 at 01:00 PM

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


Stock Spotlight: 10 High-Yield Utilities

TK All-Star posted on 12/15/09 at 05:57 PM

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

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Calendars and the “Big 3” Option Factors

TK All-Star posted on 12/14/09 at 05:25 PM

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


RUT Iron Condor: One Final Look

TK All-Star posted on 12/10/09 at 10:25 AM

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

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How to sell OTM puts: part 2

TK All-Star posted on 12/08/09 at 06:34 PM

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

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Options Movers: ABX, AMD, NVDA, BMY, ADBE

TK All-Star posted on 12/07/09 at 06:19 PM

Fred Ruffy finds emerging options trends in the latest trading session. Unusual Options Volume Movers Real-Time at Barrick Gold (ABX) is seeing 2X average daily trading volume, w... more

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The Cockroach That Ate Manhattan

TK All-Star posted on 12/04/09 at 10:05 AM

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

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How to sell OTM puts for cash

TK All-Star posted on 12/03/09 at 09:12 AM

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


Options Recap: AIG, ADM, JAVA, STI, ELX

TK All-Star posted on 12/01/09 at 03:50 PM

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

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How great is the danger of options exercise?

TK All-Star posted on 11/30/09 at 09:49 AM

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

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Hunting for Turkey (Stocks)

TK All-Star posted on 11/24/09 at 01:55 PM

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

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