Buying Stocks at a Discount by Selling Put Options

Did you know you can by stocks like Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) at a discount? You can by selling put options on the stock you want to own.

Option Styles: American Vs. European

American-style options and European-style options are more similar than you might imagine. But they have one significant difference that is worth understanding.

How Much Should You Risk in the Options Market?

What you really have at risk in a specific trade is often a function of whether you are long or short, and how quickly you think you can get out of a bad trade. For example, a long option has a fixed risk of the premium or purchase price. However, a short option has theoretically … Continued

How Mergers and Acquisitions Affect Stock Prices

This article and video will explain why stock prices move the way the do before a merger is completed but after it has been announced.

Binary Options: Not Ready for Investors

Binary options may improve over time, but right now we don’t recommend them for investors. Using a case study we help you determine if they’re right for you.

Broker Review: TradeMONSTER

In our review of tradeMONSTER we cover their target market, review their platform and discuss their commission structure to help you determine if this is the right broker for you.

How to Trade Option Iron Condors

There are more option strategies than option strategists, but at their heart they are all modifications of basically two ideas – buying and/or selling options. The proliferation of options strategies come from the infinite ways that these two concepts can be combined. Some of these combinations can be great ideas but others are just commission … Continued

Trading Option Straddles During Earnings Releases

Option investors have a unique ability to profit in the market no matter which direction a stock’s price moves. A straddle is a great example of this kind of strategy. A straddle is market neutral which means that it will work equally well in bear or bull markets. These trades have an extremely low probability … Continued

Trading Covered Calls

It’s possible to control your risk and improve your returns by selling a call option against a stock or ETF you already own and collect the option premium. We learn how to trade a covered call by walking you through an example and show you some of the common risks associated with this strategy.

Understanding Call Options

We explain call options using a chart of Oracle as an example. Options traders will buy calls when they think a stock or index will move up. We discuss the advantages and risks associated with buying call options.