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Three Key Elements to Consider in Your Options Strategy August 31, 2018 1:45 PM   |  

When developing an options trading strategy, you might consider whether a trade is risk-defined, has positive theta, and is "high probability".

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Earnings Moves: When Being Below Average Might Be a Good Thing July 27, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to spot potential trade candidates by assessing straddle price versus average earnings moves.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Are You Trading Enough? Manage Your Trades Better April 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Overtrading can be a killer to your P/L. The trick is to trade consistently and always know what the markets—and your positions—are doing.

8 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
The Myth of Delta Neutral (and Other Greek Tales) July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The greeks option traders use are loved by many, but understood by few. Know the false “truths” about option greeks to better manage your trades.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Tricks of Traders Fund Managers Only Dream Of December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

A trader's job can be easier than an average mutual fund manager's—A few reasons the playing field for traders is more than leveled.

6 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Don't Get Roasted: Breaking Down Stock Market Risk (for Real) June 30, 2015 9:03 PM   |  

Today’s obsession with the “short term” has created a new paradigm for “long-term” investing. It might help to put a trading spin on the long-term view.

8 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Show Me the Money: Volatility Dispersion—A New Way to Sell April 27, 2015 10:24 PM   |  

Options traders thrive on volatility. So when dull markets are a drag on your P/L, don’t wait for the market to come to you—go after its components. In geek-speak, welcome to volatility dispersion.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Stop Signs, Schlop Signs: Option Tricks for IRA No-Nos January 1, 2015 12:00 PM   |  

With IRAs, plenty of stop signs tell you what you can and can’t do with options. Are there workarounds?

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Stickin' It to the Nerds: Building a High-Frequency Trading System October 1, 2011 10:14 AM   |  

If the quants are making all the money these days with high-frequency trading, what’s it gonna take to compete? Beat them at their own game.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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