Basic options trading strategies to help investors add stock options to their investing arsenal. Discover the building blocks of puts and calls.
Long calendar spreads allow traders to hedge for volatility risk, especially to navigate earnings season or other corporate news events.
Consider straddle/strangle swaps to better position for earnings. Use option strategies and charting tools to help navigate these vexing volatility events.
Looking to supplement returns? Consider selling out-of-the-money options. Unless there are large price swings, these options don’t change much.
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First in a series of brief, instructional articles that start at the beginning and build to combining and applying basic option trading principles in more complex strategies, including spreads.
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