Implied Volatility

Theta Decay in Options Trading: Consider These 3 Strategies June 7, 2022 11:10 AM   |  

The value of an option tends to decay as expiration approaches. Discover what is theta in options, and learn about three options trading strategies that target time decay, also known as theta decay.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Viewing Options Volatility Through a Different Set of Lenses May 26, 2022 12:13 PM   |  

Options volatility is a popular topic among traders. Looking at volatility from a trading capital, past activity, or probability lens may give you better insight.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Amazon & Tesla Stock Split Announcements. What Happens to My Options? May 5, 2022 11:43 AM   |  

Both Amazon (AMZN) and Tesla (TSLA) announced stock splits. Find out what happens to options when a stock splits and what it means for investors.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Options Straddle Strategies & Earnings Announcements: What Are the Risks? April 28, 2022 11:33 AM   |  

Can a straddle options strategy be used around earnings announcements or other market-moving events? Yes, but there are risks and other considerations.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Iron Condor Strategies: A Way to Spread Your Options Trading Wings April 14, 2022 11:30 AM   |  

Vertical spreads are fairly versatile when taking a directional stance. But what if you're stuck in a range-bound market? Learn about iron condor strategies.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Learn How the Put/Call Ratio Gauges Stock Market Sentiment March 10, 2022 6:00 AM   |  

To follow or bet against the crowd? Learn how the put/call (P/C) ratio is calculated and how to use the P/C ratio as an indicator of stock market sentiment.

6 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Trading Long Options Without Short-Changing Yourself January 10, 2022 10:15 AM   |  

Some option traders stick to selling strategies only, but buying calls and puts have their place too. You just have to remember these five tips.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Trading VIX Options: Taking the Fear Out of the Fear Index January 10, 2022 10:15 AM   |  

The Cboe Volatility Index or VIX is often considered to be a gauge of investor uncertainty. Before trading VIX options, there area few things you should know.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Capiche: Three Lessons from a Meme-Stock Boomer January 10, 2022 10:15 AM   |  

Should you focus your attention on those meme stocks or look the other way? Here are some tips to consider.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Ask the Trader: How Might My Long Call Option Perform? Using the Theoretical Price Tool October 26, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Suppose you buy a call option at a given strike price. Now what? The Theoretical Price tool on thinkorswim can help you assess what it could mean for your trade if the underlying stock reaches your price target by a certain date, if it goes the other way, if implied volatility changes, and more.

8 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Portfolio Diversification Redux: Think Like a Trader September 27, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Diversification isn’t just about stocks, bonds, and cash. When hedging risk for an options portfolio, think price, time, and volatility.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
thinkTank: Think Outside the Box September 27, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

When you look beneath the Analyze tab on thinkorswim®, you may find some features you may not have known about.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Ask the Coach: What Are the Odds? September 27, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

When trading options, it can be helpful to assess the probabilities before making a decision to enter a trade.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Vol Whisperer: How to Spot a New Volatility Regime September 27, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Understanding the nature of volatility regimes and recognizing when it’s shifting could help unlock potential trading opportunities.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Broken Wing Butterfly: Turning a Long Butterfly Spread into a Credit Spread July 30, 2021 4:25 PM   |  

A long butterfly spread is typically initiated with a debit. Learn how to turn it into a broken wing butterfly by adjusting one of the wings of the spread.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Risk Profile Tool: The Option Trader's Travel Companion June 28, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Learn how the Risk Profile tool in the thinkorswim platform can help options traders visualize different scenarios and make trading decisions a little simpler.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Trade Winds: An Options Strategy Styled For You June 28, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

With many options trading strategies to choose from, how do you find the right one? Consider a three-step process to help with your decision.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Options Volatility and Product Depth: Stay On Top of These Data Points May 25, 2021 11:47 AM   |  

Volatility and options greeks can be perplexing even to the pros. But if you focus on a few data points, you may gain more insight into the options market.

4 min read  |  Trading
Options Straddles vs. Strangles: The Basics of Volatility and Magnitude Strategies May 6, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Options straddles and strangles are a way for advanced traders to get long or short exposure to volatility (vega), but the volatility needs to be weighted against time decay (theta). Here are the basics.

6 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Can Protective Puts Provide a Temporary Shield? April 8, 2021 10:48 AM   |  

Protective puts are one way to hedge stocks against a significant price drop. But investors should consider factors such as time decay and volatility.

3 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Don’t Get Crushed by Earnings: Be Aware of a Volatility Crush April 6, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Option traders know volatility can increase leading up to a company’s earnings report. But it can also dive quickly after an earnings announcement. Know what to keep an eye on before making those earnings trades.

3 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Got Vol? Trade Around It. April 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Do the headwinds of time decay turn you off from buying single options on volatile stocks? Find out how you may be able to turn the headwinds into tailwinds by trading those stock moves.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Ask the Coach: Buying Options Instead of Selling Them April 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

We often hear about traders selling options. But why (or when) might a trader buy options?

2 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Vol Whisperer: Vol Crush Could Be a Dealbreaker April 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Have you ever seen implied volatility drop so quickly that it killed your trade? Try these risk management ideas to manage volatility crush.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Want to Speak the Language of Option Traders? Here’s an Options Trading Terminology Guide March 16, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Return on capital and liquidity mean specific things in finance. But they can mean something different to an option trader. Read this options trading terminology guide to find out.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Vertical Spreads: Lower Margin Requirement Hurdle to Target Capital Efficiency March 1, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Have a single-leg option? Consider using a vertical spread to turn it into a defined-risk spread to lower the margin requirements and free up capital at the same time.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
What Does a Market Maker Do, Anyway? It’s about Bridging the Gap February 22, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Market makers are professional traders typically on the other side of retail trades. And they're paid to take risk and provide market liquidity.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Volatility Ranking: Using IV Percentiles to Put Movement in Perspective February 19, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Trying to select the right options strategies, strikes, and expirations? Learn how to rank volatility using IV percentiles and see if changes are normal or unusual.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Flexibility and Targeted Exposure: An Intro to Weekly Stock Options February 4, 2021 12:52 PM   |  

Learn how weekly stock options can help you target your exposure to market events such as earnings releases or economic events.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Don’t Follow the Money (Follow the Greeks) January 4, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

When trading options you will need to consider price, time, and volatility at the same time. That means understanding the interplay of a few options greeks and how they play off one another.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Ask the Coach: Implied Volatility and Vega: How’re They Related? January 4, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Implied volatility and vega both measure volatility but they have some differences. Here’s some insight from an education coach at TD Ameritrade.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
What Might Implied Volatility Be Saying? Listen to the Market Maker Move Indicator December 31, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Is the market pricing in a greater-than-typical move in a stock? Check the Market Maker Move indicator on thinkorswim®. Its magnitude can help inform your trading decisions.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Want to Kill Some Time with Calendar Spreads? Learn the Setup, the Roll Decision, and the Risks December 29, 2020 10:15 AM   |  

Calendar options spreads can be effective during sideways markets and during periods of low volatility. Here’s how to set up and roll a calendar—and a rundown of the risks.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
The Election Is Over. Perhaps It’s Time for a Portfolio Review November 17, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

A leadership change in the White House could mean a shift in policy priorities, but if you’re a long-term investor, other factors such as earnings, taxes, and interest rates may be larger concerns. Perhaps now’s the time for a post-election portfolio review.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Four Big Mistakes Even Experienced Traders Make and How to Avoid Them October 14, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Trading stocks and options can play tricks on your mind. Control as much as you can to reduce the risks you can't control. Avoid these four trading mistakes.

6 min read  |  Trading Psychology
VIX Options, VIX Futures, and Mini VIX Futures: Casting a Wide Volatility Net October 5, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Learn how the VIX, VIX futures, and VIX options work together to help traders increase market awareness, make more informed options trading decisions, and employ trading strategies.

7 min read  |  Futures
Options Volatility Skew: Why Off-Balance Isn’t All Bad October 1, 2020 11:16 AM   |  

How can skew offer insight into market sentiment? Implied volatility between out-of-the-money put and call options is almost always skewed depending on whether there’s panic to the downside or upside.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Ask the Coach: Market Maker Magic Move September 28, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The Market Maker Move (MMM) indicates the expected magnitude of an upcoming move such as earnings. It can provide some useful info that you can use when trading options.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Credit Spreads vs. Debit Spreads: Let Volatility Decide September 25, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When deciding between trading credit spreads or debit spreads, it can be helpful to align the options strike prices and expirations with the level and direction of implied volatility.

2 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Arbitrage Camouflage: The Invisible Hand Keeping Stock, Bond, and Options Prices in Line September 14, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Arbitrage helps keep financial markets efficient, often with the aid of complex algorithms, pricing models, and lots of capital. Here’s a look at three types—index arbitrage, volatility arbitrage, and bond arbitrage.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
When Calendar Met Vertical: A Diagonal Spread Tale September 2, 2020 11:52 AM   |  

Compared to covered calls and other basic options strategies, diagonal spreads don’t get a lot of love. But not only are they relatively straightforward, they’re also flexible and versatile. Here’s the story.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
thinkorswim® Trading Tools, Tips, & Tricks: Secrets from the Pros July 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Hey, trader! Do you know all the trading tools in the thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade? Some of our trader pros share their favorite features and how to use them.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Vol Whisperer: Tricks with VIX and the Rule of 16 June 29, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

The volatility Rule of 16 can be useful when figuring out how much an options price is likely to move especially during earnings. This can be helpful in planning trading entry and exit points.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Looking for a New Asset Class to Trade? The Case for Options on Currency Futures May 29, 2020 3:10 PM   |  

The global foreign exchange (FX) market is deep, liquid, and traded virtually around the clock. If you’re an option trader in search of a new asset class to trade, consider options on currency futures.

5 min read  |  Futures
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
Vol Whisperer: So Many Vol Readings. Which One Do I Use? March 30, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

Different volatility numbers tell you different things. Is one more useful than another? Let's find out.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Options and Dividends: Understanding Early Exercise and Ex-Dividend Dates March 27, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Are you long or short an in-the-money call option on a stock that’s about to pay a dividend? Make sure you understand dividend risk.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Good Eye, Trader: How to Pick the Right Stocks at the Right Time February 18, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Looking to pick stocks worth trading? You can lay the groundwork for a sound stock selection strategy with a few relatively simple components.

9 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Small Account Stock Trading: Tiny Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Dance January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

A small trading account shouldn’t stop you from trading like traders with large accounts. Here are three options trading strategies to let you trade lower-priced stocks with similar risk/return as more expensive stocks.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Ask the Coach: Implied Volatility and Historical Volatility January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

Ask the coach: Education coaches from TD Ameritrade answer questions from seasoned traders and newbies. In this issue, learn about the difference between implied and historical volatility.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Futures 4 Fun: Which Month to Trade? Follow Vol January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

When trading options on futures contracts, the number of choices available—delivery months and options expiration dates—can be overwhelming. Follow the volatility curve to help you whittle it down.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Ask a Trader: When High Volatility Hits, Should I Switch from Long to Short Options Strategies? November 12, 2019 3:39 PM   |  

Should you switch from trading long options strategies to short options strategies when volatility levels are high? Sometimes prices are high for a reason.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Trading Earnings Season? A Few Options Strategies to Consider October 1, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Earnings season can be a time of higher-than-typical volatility, which can mean an increase in risk as well as opportunity. Learn some of the options trading strategies you might use during earnings season.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
It's Your Loss. What Are You Going to Do? September 30, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Even your best trading ideas won’t always go as expected. When you are looking at a losing position, employ game theory to guide you.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Capiche? The Downside of Selling Time September 30, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Theta can indicate many things but you can only depend on it after you have closed your trade.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Looking for a Potential Edge? Options Stats, Pre-Sliced and Diced on thinkorswim May 29, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Explore options statistics on thinkorswim—implied & historical vol and percentiles, the Sizzle Index, and the put/call ratio. Learn how options stats can help traders and investors make more informed decisions.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Collar Options Strategy: Collaring Your Stock for a Temporary Measure of Protection May 23, 2019 3:00 PM   |  

Learn how a collar strategy—a covered call and a protective put—might be a way to manage stock risk.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Earnings? Get Earnings Analysis on thinkorswim in a Single Snapshot May 9, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

thinkorswim has developed an interface dedicated to researching the effects that earnings announcements have on the prices of stocks and options.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Singing the Low-Volatility Blues? Try Calendar Spreads April 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how a long calendar spread can be effective in a low-volatility trading environment.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Going Vertical: Using the Risk Profile Tool for Complex Options Spreads March 28, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Once you’ve learned to use the Risk Profile tool on the thinkorswim® platform for single-leg options, you may wish to use it for more complex trades.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
The Exciting World of Trading Treasury Bonds (Seriously) February 27, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Treasury bonds are boring, right? Wrong. For traders, they represent a market that can be bigger than stocks.

11 min read  |  Futures
Lost at Sea? The Risk Profile Tool Can Be Your Message in a Bottle January 16, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Options trading involves risk, but these risks can be analyzed, monitored, and simulated with the thinkorswim® Risk Profile tool.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Implied Volatility: Spotting High Vol and Aligning Your Options December 26, 2018 4:01 AM   |  

Learn the difference between implied and historical volatility, and find out how to align your options trading strategy with the right volatility exposure.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Same Building Blocks, Different Products: Options on Futures Intro September 26, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn the differences between equity options and options on futures contracts, and how experienced options traders can use futures options to enhance their trading.

4 min read  |  Futures
Currency Volatility World Tour: Foreign Exchange (Forex) Volatility August 2, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn about the dynamics of foreign exchange volatility, and where to find currency volatility data.

3 min read  |  Forex
Options Volatility Q&A: VIX, Skew, and the Rule of 16 July 25, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Do you follow the VIX as a volatility measure? Ever heard of the rule of 16? How about volatility skew? Learn how to apply these concepts to options trading.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Trading Earnings Season? Brush Up on Your Option Greeks July 3, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The sensitivity of option prices to changes in time, volatility, and the price of the underlying are commonly referred to as “Greeks.” As you prepare for earnings season, here's an overview.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Earnings: Volatility’s Siren Song—Save Yourself From Surprises April 23, 2018 12:00 AM   |  

Implied volatility usually increases ahead of earnings announcements and then drops after the news release. If you know implied volatility is going to drop after earnings reports, here are three options trading strategies you could trade.

8 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Wearing a Collar? Here’s How and When You Might Adjust It December 27, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Learn how adjusting a collar strategy—a covered call with a protective put—can help you manage stock risk.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Derivatives With a Twist: Options on Futures vs. Equity Options December 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Options on futures are quite similar to their equity option cousins, but a few differences do exist.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Double Calendars: The Low Volatility Trade with Two Peaks November 5, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Are you an option looking for a strategy designed for a lower-volatility environment?

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Volanthology World Tour: Foreign Exchange Volatility October 5, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about the dynamics of foreign exchange volatility, and where to find currency volatility data.

3 min read  |  Forex
Scalping the Gamma: Dynamic Hedging of Option Positions September 28, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to dynamically hedge changes in an option position’s delta in a process known as “gamma scalping.”

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Gamma Scalping Intro: Synthetics, Put-Call Parity and Delta-Neutral September 21, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Some option traders dynamically hedge positions, but doing so requires a basic understanding of synthetic positions and put-call parity.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Volanthology: A Tour of VIX and Other Volatility Indexes September 15, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about the VIX and other volatility indexes and how some investors use them to assess potential risk.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Price Action vs. Price Erosion: The Positive Side of Negative Theta September 7, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about gamma, which some traders consider the positive side of negative theta.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Got a Directional View? Here’s an Option Spread to Consider August 31, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to structure a trade designed for uncapped profit potential.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Term Structure and Covered Calls in a Low-Volatility Environment August 17, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

When stuck in a low-volatility environment, check out the term structure. You might consider alternative covered call strategies.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Going on Strike: Consider Widths when Buying Vertical Spreads August 3, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

If you have a directional view on a stock price, buying a vertical spread might be for you. But deciding on strikes and strike widths requires some thought.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Proportional Proposal: An Intro to Put Ratio Options Spreads July 27, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn the basics of put ratio spreads and how they can help you pursue your objectives.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Three Clicks From Data to Trade: Economic Indicators July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Some economic indicators create more noise than others—learn to create trading strategies based on how markets might react to economic data.

7 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Are You Missing the Forest for the Trades? July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Instead of hyper-focusing on one position at a time, look at your entire portfolio and try to figure out a better hedge—here's some tools and tweaks to help.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Calendar Spreads: Options Strategy for the Dog Days of Summer July 13, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Looking for opportunities amid a low volatility trading environment? Learn about calendar spreads.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Swim Lessons: Trading Options During Earnings Season July 6, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn some of the option trading alternatives you can use during earnings season.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Swim Lessons: Collaring Your Stock for a Measure of Protection June 29, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how a collar strategy—a covered call and a protective put—might be a cost-effective way to manage stock risk.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Swim Lessons: Asking ‘What If?’ With the Theoretical Price Tool May 4, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to stress test an options position by assessing changes in theoretical value under changes in volatility, time and price of the underlying.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Swim Lessons: Brush Up On Your Greeks This Earnings Season April 20, 2017 4:00 AM   |  

The sensitivity of option prices to changes in time, volatility, and the price of the underlying are commonly referred to as “Greeks.” Here is an overview of

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Markets Aren’t Normal and Neither Are You April 17, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

How using Kurtosis to study abnormal market behavior—in particular how it explains the price behavior of options—can aid in your strategy selection.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Looking for a Soft Landing? Try an Iron Condor to Trade Earnings April 13, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how an trading an iron condor can be an effective options strategy during earnings season.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
What I Learned Not To Do: Direction, Time, and Volatility January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Managing risk variables you didn’t know you could control—lessons learned in 2016 about direction, time, and vol, and what mistakes to avoid this year.

10 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Pairs Trading: Your Yummy New Snack January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

In a low-vol environment, pairs trades may offer unexpected opportunities. Here's how to choose among many combinations of bullish and bearish positions.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Weekly Options: Stretch Them Out September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to increase the flexibility of your existing options strategies with weeklys: options that move quickly and live for about a week.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Covered Calls in the Fast Lane: Ladder Price, Volatility, and Time September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Laddering price, volatility, and time can take covered calls to a new level—look to collect more premium and diversify across vol and time.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Strategies: How To Trade Presidents September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The market doesn't care who becomes president, and savvy traders don’t care about predictions—just results. Prepare yourself for either scenario.

6 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Can Long Call Options Substitute for Stock? Getting In the Money July 25, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Stocks can be expensive, no doubt, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t participate in rallies. Learn how call options can act as a substitute for stoc

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Volatility Rules, Not Size: It’s Not Price, But Vol That Counts July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Why trading in high-priced stocks may be no riskier than their low-priced brethren, and how to calculate that risk with implied volatility.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Volatility and the Risk of Options Skew in Calendar Spreads June 22, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Zero skew, or even negative skew, can be favorable. Once skew starts rising, options traders might want to think twice before entering a calendar spread.

2 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Volatility: Insights From Professional Traders April 21, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

When discussing the markets, there’s a common question among investors and traders: What’s your position?

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Is Market Volatility Really All That Bad? January 27, 2016 6:00 AM   |  

For most traders, fear and uncertainty are primary factors that drive volatility in markets higher and lower.

4 min read  |  Trading Basics
Option Strategy: Slay Volatility with Weekly Double Calendars September 8, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Expand option market learning to weekly double calendars. They can increase in profitability if implied volatility rises.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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