VERTICAL SPREAD STRATEGY

A Short-Term Fling or Puttin’ On the Ring? July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Can't decide how long you want to commit to a position? Understanding strategy mechanics can help you align trade duration with your attraction.

8 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
Pairs Trading: Your Yummy New Snack January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

In a low-vol environment, pairs trades may offer unexpected opportunities. Here's how to choose among many combinations of bullish and bearish positions.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options Tricks: Resuscitating Your Dead Mutual Funds December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

There’s a way to generate “income” from dead investments, even if they aren’t optionable—how to hedge mutual funds with options.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Spread Trading Part 4: Connecting the Dots October 1, 2013 5:26 PM   |  

Once you've learned the foundational option spreads—verticals and calendars—and what makes them tick, the next step is knowing when to use them.

11 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Special Focus: Spread Trading // Building a Better Mousetrap July 1, 2013 5:27 PM   |  

Vertical spreads and calendar spreads are designed to profit from a trend or the passage of time. Combining them can open up a whole new world for traders.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options on Futures: Familiar Ground … Sort Of October 1, 2012 12:31 PM   |  

Yes, you can have a derivative on a derivative. But don’t let that scare you. Options on futures may be easier to understand than you think.

13 min read  |  Futures
Opposites Attract: The Short Version on How to Pairs Trade March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

Two chip stocks look attractive. Which one do you buy? How about both. Confused? Welcome to the world of pairs trading. Where you don't have to decide.

12 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Tip for the 99%: Do what the 1% Does March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

You may have heard that trading is a giant conspiracy by the "1%" who make all the money. In truth, the market doesn't care. Here are some practical rules.

10 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
Markets are Random, Your Portfolio Shouldn't Be October 1, 2010 6:21 PM   |  

There's a camp of traders who think a stock's next move is about as predictable as a coin toss. Just take your stock-picking hat off for a moment and focus.

7 min read  |  Trading Basics
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