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Invest with the Force
Star Wars is slated to become the biggest box office hit since Avatar with as much as $3 billion in revenue from all sources. The Force will be with Disney for a long time to come.
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Buy Apple Stock for $4
Yes, you really can buy Apple shares for $4 for a limited period of time. This is not a joke and thousands of traders do it every day.
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Wells Fargo warned today that the U.S. could be entering a recession and the equity market took the news badly.
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Long-term options called LEAPS are a great way for an investor with a small account to profit from the long-term rise in the stock market. However, the option you use must be chosen carefully.
9:33:18 PM EDT |
The Aggressive Put Selling Strategy
Selling naked puts, otherwise known as cash secured puts, is a higher risk strategy for larger accounts but not nearly as high risk as selling naked (short) calls.
9:23:48 PM EDT |
The Conservative Covered Call Strategy
Commonly referred to as the "most conservative option strategy
available," this technique has cost uneducated investors billions of
dollars since options were invented.
5:37:43 PM EDT |
Making Money with Puts
The second most common form of option investing is buying PUTS on a stock you expect to go down.
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Long Call Options
When an investor buys an option he is said to be "long" the option.
The same is true when you buy stock, you are said to be long the
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The terms used to describe the various aspects of option pricing are
"Greek" to many new option traders. That is probably because some
of these terms come from the Greek language. Others are simple
English but when used in "option-speak" they take on an entirely
different meaning. I will try to demystify some of them here.
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Types of Options, Calls and Puts
There are only two types of options, CALLS and PUTS. All the other types of option strategies use the basic call or put in combination with other calls or puts. Knowing the basics gives you a good foundation for understanding the advanced strategies.
2:23:22 PM EDT |
What is an Option and Why Do I want One?
An option is the right to buy or sell something at a specified price
within a specified time frame. Options are commonly used in real
estate, manufacturing, commodities and even pro sports.
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Escaping with Profits
I am going to try to broaden your horizons with some types of exits that will add to your profits and reduce your losses. With that aim, I have to build from a common base and move into the more exotic stuff. So bear with me.
2:57:20 AM EDT |
Diversification, the Key to Success!
I have mentioned before the key to success is never put all your eggs in one basket. If disaster strikes the resulting omelet will not be very tasty.
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Hi Jim, In the past you wrote: "I estimate that a trader who will follow instructions EXACTLY can net $50,000 on a $10,000 account every year without fail. Notice I said follows instructions EXACTLY."
5:01:25 PM EDT |
Paycheck or Lottery Ticket?
Which will you have a better chance of paying your mortgage payment with next week? The paycheck of course.
2:52:09 PM EDT |
The Least You Need to Know
What's the least you need to know when you look at a chart and decide there's an options trade you want to try on that underlying?
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What if you're not good at looking at price charts and determining any kinds of patterns? Are patterns even helpful any longer?
8:40:44 AM EDT |
When You're Not in a Trade
Looking over other traders' shoulders can help you hone your trading skills.
3:40:52 PM EDT |
One Method for Protecting Your Investments
Are you tired of speculating in the markets? You still might need options.
3:44:46 PM EDT |
Something You'd Better Know
If you're trading SPX-related options, there's something you need to know.
6:49:35 PM EDT |
An Illustration of Another Columnist's Answer
Sometimes a visual helps cement an idea about how trades work.
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If You Can't Accept Failure, Perhaps You Shouldn't Be Trading
Recognizing when you're not willing to fail helps you protect your trades.
3:31:51 PM EDT |
That's Just Not Possible
Seasoned traders have trade guidelines, but no one can anticipate all contingencies that might occur. What do we do then?
7:31:48 PM EDT |
No Man or Woman Is an Island: Neither Is Any Greek of Options Trading
If the underlying's price changes, the effect on an option's value is not isolated to price-related changes.
6:23:38 PM EDT |
Knowing the Composite Implied Volatility for an Option Series May Not Be Enough Information
Implied volatility doesn't rise evenly in all the options in a series.
7:25:35 AM EDT |
Does Your Brokerage Offer the Protection You Need?
Does the title of this article invoke dread and boredom? Join the crowd. It's a necessary topic, however.
7:25:14 PM EDT |
You Might Want to Think about That
Even if you're a trader who prefers to trade on the technical signals, you might want to think again about relying solely on technical signals.
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Stops that Make Sense in Directional Trades
I'm no expert on stops, but I'm expert enough to know that you need to examine logical stops before entering a trade in order to determine if the trade makes sense at all.