Implied Volatility

Rolling: The Art and Science of Extending a Trade's Duration August 2, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Explore rolling options “losers” to extend duration for covered calls, naked calls or puts, one side of a short strangle, and select other trades.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Vertigo: How to Trade Pricey Stocks with Ratio Spreads July 1, 2015 7:30 PM   |  

The six-year-old rally has produced monster stocks. How do you get involved when the altitude makes your stomach quiver? Ratio spreads might be the answer.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
All the Right Option Moves: Take the Improv Out of Earnings June 10, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Consider straddle/strangle swaps to better position for earnings. Use option strategies and charting tools to help navigate these vexing volatility events.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Size Up Option Straddles for a Reading on Earnings Volatility May 20, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Check out short-term options pricing to gain a sense of how the underlying stock could move around an earnings release. You can track straddles or use the TD

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Exploring Options: An Introduction to Multipliers April 9, 2015 9:50 AM   |  

Traders often think of options in small denominations because that’s how the bid/ask quotes appear. But beginning investors in particular must remember to use a 100x multiplier to help determine correct position sizes.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Trading Momentum Without a Chart April 1, 2014 5:07 PM   |  

Picking months and strikes are big decisions for options traders. Do probabilities matter? We think so.

8 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
How Your Trading Platform Can Help with Math: Stats on Stats November 12, 2013 8:31 PM   |  

thinkorswim platform’s ® Today’s Options Statistics divvies up the market by call and put volume, delta values, historical volatility, and more.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Overcoming Fear: Selling Naked Puts with Your Pants On July 1, 2013 5:36 PM   |  

The first step to overcoming any fear is understanding what you're dealing with. With short-naked puts, that means understanding the strategy and the risks.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Trading Earnings Announcements without Getting Skewed July 1, 2013 5:19 PM   |  

Trading earnings announcements can be a fool's game. When volatility is high, trends can break after a company announces. Consider a few volatility tricks.

10 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Money Walks, Options Talk: Analyzing Option Prices January 1, 2013 4:30 PM   |  

Option prices can speak louder about the state of a stock than most analysts. You just have to listen and understand what they're trying to say.

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Markets Move. Get Over It. An Options Volatility Primer July 1, 2011 4:50 PM   |  

Without stock and options volatility, there are no trading opportunities. So to revere it rather than fear it–you need just need to “get it.”

13 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Weeklys: Trading Short-Term Options in the Red Zone January 1, 2011 8:18 AM   |  

A guide to weeklys: Volume is swelling, and traders are using weekly options to speculate on very short-term moves, or simply as a hedge.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Not Your Daddy's Diversification: Hedging Risk Like a Trader January 1, 2011 6:34 AM   |  

Diversification approaches for active traders to hedge non-systematic risk across spreads, including directional risk and time and vol.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Collars, Conversions, & Clarity: Limit Risk without Compromise October 1, 2010 7:16 PM   |  

If you own stock, and don’t want out, there are ways to protect yourself and still profit on upswings. When looking to make a few bucks sans stock, go simple.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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