Posted by on October 5, 2015

Earnings Kickoff!

Last week finally brought to an end a miserable 3rd quarter. Good riddance! US stock averages sank about 7 percent, the worst quarterly decline since 2011. However, the second day of Q4 saw a remarkable performance. Remarkable in the key reversal in market direction after the highly anticipated non-farm payroll number, rising a less than…  Continue Reading
Posted by on September 25, 2015

Using Parity PnL Graphs on the OptionsHouse Platform

Options give you options! In respect for the recently departed great Yogi Berra I state the obvious to illustrate the number one reason option trading has become so popular for individual self-directed investors. What I specifically mean is incorporating option strategies into an investment portfolio can change the risk profile of straight stock ownership. The…  Continue Reading
Posted by on September 24, 2015

Strategy Corner – Debit Call Vertical Spreads

The vertical spread is arguably the core strategy which professional option traders employ on a regular basis. If vertical spreads work for the pros, if understood, they can work for the sophisticated retail trader, too. A debit call vertical is simply buying one call and simultaneously selling a higher strike call in the same month.…  Continue Reading
Posted by on September 22, 2015

Basic Option Terminology

Option Chain example Oct and Dec monthly options If you are new to trading options, familiarity with the language and terms used is important for your future learning. This blog is intended to assist and decode the “options-speak” used in our webinars and blogs. What is an Option? An option is simply a contract between buyer and seller which derives its value from…  Continue Reading