Category: Trading on OptionsHouse


Sector ETFs can focus your exposures
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) numbers have exploded in the last 20 years. Exploded both in the number of funds now offered and in the volume of shares and options traded by both institutions and retail investors. The advantages they have versus mutual funds are touted as they are often cheaper alternatives to diversified investing, they…

Weekly options – not just Retail traders’ playground anymore
I came across an article in Traders Magazine Online this morning citing a Tabb report on the US Options Market stating 50% of professional asset managers surveyed are now incorporating options with weekly expiration in their quest for trading alpha.  Only 11% of those polled last year were using Weeklys. OptionsHouse trade volumes in weekly…

Friday June 28th – Be prepared for potential increased volatility on the close!
TRADE ALERT:  BE PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL INCREASED VOLATILITY ON THE CLOSE! As an exciting Market in June draws to a close, many traders may think the market action is getting ready to settle into a lazy summer.  Not quite yet!  Tomorrow’s closing may be very interesting. Tomorrow is the end of the second quarter of…

Introducing Two New Features for your OptionsHouse Account
We’re exited to announce that we just launched two new features that will give you more control for managing and protecting your OptionsHouse Account. Introducing the new OptionsHouse Account Management – an easier, faster and dare we say all around better way to manage your account. All your account settings in one place With the…

Minis: Dos and Don’ts
Mini options were designed, in part, to allow for smaller retail accounts to gain entry into the options trading world.  They were launched in March to allow investors in 5 higher priced stock symbols, Amazon (AMZN),Apple  (AAPL), Google (GOOG), SPDR Gold ETF (GLD) and SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) to trade option contracts on 10…

Market up VIX up!
The price performance of the market has been remarkable this past month.  The S&P 500 index is over 100 points (6.7%) higher from the close on April 18th after a brief 2 day sell off. The interesting thing I notice about today’s market is while the market (SPX 1647.27 =13.50) is higher by almost 1…

Monetary Red Bull and you…
Bill Gross did an interview last week lamenting the massive bond buying that Japan has undertaken, which he feels continues to pump up this stock market rally that is already being partially funded by our own Fed’s actions.  As a note, the Japanese market has been on an absolute tear for the last few months,…

Customize your Trade Ticket for Speed
Did you know you can set defaults for your trade ticket in the OptionsHouse platform’s Manage Account tab? This can significantly decrease the time it takes to go from trade idea to trade execution by cutting down the clicks required to populate a ticket and get it working in the marketplace.  With electronic order routing…

Trade complex orders directly from your Position Pane
Did you know you can create complex orders directly from your position pane?  Another way the OptionsHouse platform puts you in control and allows traders to quickly and efficiently populate all order types –including complex contingent orders such as OCOs, OTOs, and OTOCOs with a few mouse clicks. Here is how you do it. On…

Good Trade – Better Trade?
The market is in the middle of a winning streak which only the Miami Heat can top.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is an unbeaten 10-0 in the month of March!  Every session so far has been positive.  The DJIA is setting all-time high closing records with each winning session.  The broader S&P 500…