After This Market ‘Melt-Up’, Here’s How To Protect Your Portfolio Using Options

The stock market is hitting new all-time highs every other day and volatility is sinking to historically low levels. Traders need to start thinking about hedging their overall stock holdings. This can be done easily with the purchase of put options using a spread and with the lower VIX. And…

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Selling Puts: Easy Income Starts Here

There is no doubt, when the market is red-hot there is a strategy that has proven itself effective over and over. Selling Puts is one of the safest, easiest ways to earn big income.  Of course, it can backfire once in awhile, so please understand the risks involved. I discovered…

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Back to Basics Friday: Selling Calls

Let’s say the market turns bearish.  I realize this is hard to believe, but at some point, it will happen. You are going to need a bearish to neutral strategy that will capitalize on time decay, downward moves in vol and certain a down move in the underlying stock. So…

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Here’s How To ‘Smartly’ Replace Stocks With Options

For new option traders, there is a strategy you will become familiar with called stock replacement. Stock replacement is defined by Investopedia as “an investment strategy that attempts to mimic the returns of a certain asset or group of assets by using a combination of different derivatives rather than buying…

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Ever Heard Of A ‘Melt-Up’? The Market Is Headed For One!

FOMO or the fear of missing out is something you see in millennials, but so far this year, it is affecting investors and the market in ways I can not adequately explain. Like others in the space, I am asking myself how can this market continue to run-up without any kind…

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The Simplest Way To Double Your Money With Options

Even though we are programmed to believe the title of this article is simply clickbait, I can assure it is anything but. Traders have been misinformed for far too long. Traders make a major mistake about an opportunity to double your money – at half the price. Luckily, you’re not going…

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Back To Basics Friday: Picking an Options Broker

If you ask any diehard options trader what the best broker is for options trading, you’ll likely get a variety of answers. This is because many traders rate brokers based on different factors. Having said that, one of the most important factors when selecting an options trading broker is cost. When…

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Here’s Why It Could Be Another Big Year For Income Traders

For most market spectators, the beginning of the year is when we are read analysts forecasts for the year ahead. Most, if not all, these forward-looking forecasts are based on historical data. One solid way to project a future price target for the S&P 500 uses the long-term average price-to-earnings…

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How To Use Orders To Target Profits

In the world of investing generally – and options trading in particular – it is not only important to know when to get in and get out of a trade, it is also important to know how to do so. Whether you still call trades into your broker, or enter them into an online platform, or…

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Options Trading Is Not Gambling, So Don’t Listen To People Who Say Otherwise

When people don’t understand something, they tend to cast aspersions, and investing in options certainly fits that bill. Options are incredibly misunderstood by both traders and non-traders so it makes sense that many people liken it to gambling with outcomes no different than sporting events. The differences are so much easy…

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How To Trade Spreads in IRAs

Most investors who already trade options, certainly have an idea of what spread trades are all about. For those who are already familiar, I hear from investors about trading them in their IRA accounts. Spread trades are a great way to generate extra income and they can also be used…

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Back to Basics Friday: 12 Failsafe Ways To Place Your First Trade

A lot of people get nervous before they place their first options trade.  If you never traded an option, and have just been an observer, this is perfect guide on exactly how to place your first trade. This great tutorial comes from one of the my favorite resource. Step 1:…

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