Options 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
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
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
Targeting Theta in Your Options Trading? Consider These 3 Strategies December 11, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The value of an option tends to decay as expiration approaches. Learn about three options trading strategies that target time decay (“theta”).

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Options Building Blocks: Why Should Investors Consider Covered Calls and Cash-Secured Puts? November 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Selling covered calls and cash-secured puts can help investors generate additional income, increase their probability of success, decrease their volatility of returns, and lower their overall risk when compared to buying stock.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Iron Condor Strategies: A Way to Spread Your Options Trading Wings November 5, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

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

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Five Option Strategies for High-Volatility Trading Environments October 6, 2020 12:53 PM   |  

When faced with high volatility, many options traders turn to these five strategies designed to capitalize on elevated volatility levels.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Ask the Trader: How Might My Long Option Perform? Using the Theoretical Price Tool July 16, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Suppose you buy a call option at a given strike price. Now what? The Theo 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
To Hold or Fold that Options Position: 3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself June 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When you make an options trade, you’re not typically locked into it until expiration. You can place an order to close it out most of the time. Here are three things to ask yourself when considering an options exit.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Time For an Options Strategy Change? March 30, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

When your stock options trading strategies aren't working as expected, it could mean you have to revisit the strategy, change your trade position sizes, or tweak a few strategy parameters. Here are some ways to fix the problem.

5 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
Trading Earnings Announcements the Smart Way? Know Your Options June 26, 2019 2:31 PM   |  

Trading a stock around earnings day isn’t always simple. There tends to be volatility risk. It also helps to really know the company’s fundamentals.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
Market Doldrums? Five Options Strategies for Low-Volatility Environments April 30, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

When volatility falls, many option traders turn to these five strategies designed to capitalize on depressed volatility levels.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Surf’s Up? 3 Ways to Catch a Wave with VIX and Volatility Products April 9, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Looking for volatility exposure? Learn about volatility products including VIX options.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
The Short Option: A Primer on Selling Put and Call Options July 13, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Selling call and put options can be risky, but when used wisely, experienced traders can use this strategy to pursue their investment objectives. Learn the basics of shorting options.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Forget One and Done: Stock Beta Testing Requires Attention April 15, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Beta, a method of measuring an investment’s volatility relative to the broader market, is one way to gauge risk. It works even better when you remember to re-measure.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
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