This is the last in a series of articles about how dividends affect option value and volatility. In picking stocks for options trading, what are your criteria? Analysis of dividends, debt and net return – all fundamental tests – help identify strong value companies (and lower-volatility options) versus weak, high-risk stocks.
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The theory of dividends and underlying stock prices is simple: The underlying price is expected to decline on ex-dividend date, by the amount of the dividend. As a result, option prices should decline as well. Under this theory, calls for higher dividend stocks should be valued lower and puts should be valued higher.
Our Steady Momentum PutWrite strategy attempts to outperform the CBOE PUT index, which writes cash secured puts on the S&P 500. An investable version of this strategy can be purchased with the ETF PUTW. The historical data for PUT extends back more than 30 years, highlighting how writing puts can be an attractive strategy.
Many traders or future traders shop for a broker to work with and find endless reviews on the web, and not all are genuine. Here are 5 ways ways to separate the good from the bad. There are lots of sites that specialize in forex broker reviews and lots of talk about brokers in various forums.
Dividends are almost universally viewed as positive aspects of stock selection and options trading. The higher the dividend yield, the more positive. But does this ignore some dangers in dividend trends? In fact, there are three ways in which dividends can mislead traders and create positive impressions when in fact, the news is negative.
Steady Options has received numerous inquires into how dividends impact options, option prices, and the owners or option contracts.The impact of dividends should be understood by any option contract trader.Fortunately, the rules for option contracts and dividends are clear and straightforward.
There are jokes within the financial industry that "nobody has ever seen a bad backtest" and that "the worst 10 years of your backtest are the next 10 years". There certainly are bad backtests, but nobody ever markets them. They just get thrown in the trash. Even academics can fall prey to this.
When starting out with options, a natural place to begin is with covered calls. It’s a very easy to understand strategy for those that are familiar with stock ownership. The strategy involves buying a stock in lots of 100 shares. The total size will depend on you account size and how much exposure you want to take.
One of the most common complaints received from investors relates to low yields, low returns and/or the inability to have a reasonable cash flow from investments. This is particularly true for investors who feel that they have too much invested in the stock market. Many want to diversify into real estate of one form or another.
Forex scams are becoming frequent. Michael Greenberg reports on luxurious expenses, including a submarine bought from the money taken from forex traders. The forex industry is recently seeing more and more scams. Here are 7 ways to avoid losing your money in such scams:
If you’re comfortable owning an S&P 500 index fund, you should also be comfortable with covered calls. For example, CBOE publishes data on a simple covered call strategy with their BXMD index. The description from CBOE is as follows: