When faced with high volatility, many options traders turn to these five strategies designed to capitalize on elevated volatility levels.
No matter what you trade or what the market is doing, you need to have a game plan. It can be as simple as creating a checklist to follow every day.
The stock markets care about who wins the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Stock traders look for potential trading opportunities regardless of who wins the elections. Look for clues within each of the party lines so you can be better prepared to face the election results.
There's no way to predict bear markets. Each one is different from the next. But these options trading strategies can prepare you for unexpected market events.
Some vertical spreads have the same looking risk profile. There's a reason why that may be the case. Here's an example of a vertical debit and credit spread options trade.
Vertical spreads are a common choice for options traders looking for a flexible defined-risk strategy. But how do you choose among strategies? Here's a handy checklist to follow.
If the markets are crashing, do you close your positions or do you take advantage of opportunities? Whether you are a stock investor, volatility trader, or speculator, there may be a strategy worth pursuing.
Traders may live for momentum but finding it is another story. Gaps, rectangles, flags, head and shoulders, and triple top chart patterns could help you figure out which way prices could move and with how much momentum.
Trend direction and volatility are two variables an option trader relies on. Combining trend following, momentum, and trend reversal indicators on the thinkorswim platform may help you determine which direction prices may be moving and with how much momentum.
Traders sometimes talk glowingly about thrilling options trading strategies without considering the risks. There are some alternative strategies such as short out-of-the-money verticals that you could consider to better manage your risks.
Maybe volatility is low and you believe a breakout is about to happen. But you don’t know which direction price will move. Or maybe you believe the markets are high and you don’t know when they might fall. What options strategies could you trade?
Long call vertical spreads, short put vertical spreads, and call ratio backspreads are defined risk bullish option strategies with relatively low capital requirements that could offer upside potential.
Are you effectively investing your money? Millennials are among the smartest investors, but not all of them follow this important process.
How using Kurtosis to study abnormal market behavior—in particular how it explains the price behavior of options—can aid in your strategy selection.
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.
Why trading in high-priced stocks may be no riskier than their low-priced brethren, and how to calculate that risk with implied volatility.
Delta is much more than a one-trick pony. Understanding some other tidbits of info delta provides can help a trader select option strikes.
With IRAs, plenty of stop signs tell you what you can and can’t do with options. Are there workarounds?
Picking months and strikes are big decisions for options traders. Do probabilities matter? We think so.
Option strategies for more potential profit, using undefined-risk trades that draw roots from their defined-risk cousins.
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