American-Style Options

Mentally and Financially Ready to Flip the Switch? Paper Trading vs. Live Trading Accounts March 23, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Have you been paper trading on a simulator? Is it time for the real deal? It’s not just about money; it’s also about emotion. Here’s what you should know about paper trading vs. live trading.

2 min read  |  Paper Trading
Look Before You Leap into Options Contracts: Know Your Contract Specs March 10, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Options contract terms differ by product type. Know the difference between options multipliers, tick sizes, and delivery terms before you trade or invest.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Interest Rates Move. How Does That Affect Options Prices? April 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The effect of interest rates on options prices—rho—is sometimes considered the forgotten greek. But interest rates matter, especially when deciding when to exercise options positions.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Capiche: Leverage Into A Margin World January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

You can upgrade your trader status by expanding your leverage with portfolio margin, but first you must know synthetic equivalents—here's a primer.

2 min read  |  Margin
Three Things That Keep Traders Awake at Night July 5, 2016 7:50 AM   |  

These strategies to help you sleep at night by reducing your losses, reducing your effective cost, and reducing the possibility of assignment.

7 min read  |  Trading Psychology
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