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Top 10 Options Trading Strategies


There are about 72 options trading strategies.  The following infographic describes the top 10 options trading strategies: Covered Call, Protective Put, Long Call, Long Call Spread, Long Put, Long Put Spread, Long Straddle, Long Strangle, Collar and Iron Condor.

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  • Leveraged Anchor is Boosting Performance

    In our last article on the Anchor Strategy, we discussed what the strategy is and what it is not, as well as attempting to set expectations for investors. In this piece we’ll examine the possibility of “boosting” performance through the use of additional options to gain leverage.

    By cwelsh,

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  • Buy High, Sell Low: Why Investors Fail

    While investing in financial markets over the long-term is an excellent path to wealth, it’s not unusual to experience occasional losses as investment values go up and down. So if the markets go up over time, why is it that most investors lose money in the stock market?

    By Kim,

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  • Great reversal signal – 50 MA with 8 EMA

    Options traders continually seek the elusive “sure thing” reversal signal. Of course, there is no such thing. But there are ways to use combined signals to identify likely reversal points. Add in strong confirming signals, and you have a reliable system for entering and exiting options trades.

    By Michael C. Thomsett,

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  • Why Bother with Annualized Return?

    Most options traders realize that annualizing returns does not reflect what you can expect to earn consistently. It is, however, a way to make relevant comparisons between outcomes of different holding periods.The first big question is, What is the basis for calculating a net return?

    By Michael C. Thomsett,

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  • Is 5% a Good Return For Options Trades?

    I'm often asked if 5% is a good return for an options trade. The answer is: it depends. One of the myths of options trading is that you should aim for at least 100% gain in each option trade, otherwise it is not worth the risk. Is it really the case?

    By Kim,

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    • 450 views
  • How to Trade Volatility

    When trading options, one of the hardest concepts for beginner traders to learn is volatility, and specifically HOW TO TRADE VOLATILITY. After receiving numerous emails from people regarding this topic, I wanted to take an in depth look at option volatility.

    By GavinMcMaster,

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    • 1,554 views
  • The Real Meaning of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH)

    Most traders have heard of the efficient market hypothesis (EMH) and most believe they know what it means. In a nutshell, it is a belief that the market is “efficient” and that the current price of shares is a reflection of efficiency. Right? Wrong.

    By Michael C. Thomsett,

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  • Put Permanent Portfolio

    Harry Browne popularized the concept of the "Permanent Portfolio" decades ago by recommending an asset allocation of 25% stocks, 25% bonds, 25% gold, and 25% cash. In the 90's, the concept of "risk parity" also became popular with writings by Cliff Asness of AQR Capital.

    By Jesse,

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    • 1,544 views
  • Does HFT Harm Individual Investors?

    What is the overall impact of High Frequency Trading (HFT)? Some traders believe that the use of algorithms in super-fast and powerful computers allows large hedge funds and other institutions to beat the market, implying that because these big traders can out-perform individuals, profits are unfairly gained. But is it true?

    By Michael C. Thomsett,

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    • 1,425 views
  • Defining the Anchor Strategy

    Lorintine Capital and Steady Options have been trading the Anchor strategy for a number of years. During this time Anchor has evolved as we have learned more, in no short part due to the Steady Option’s members continuing questioning of the strategy, insights they provide, and a large group of individuals seeking to improve the strategy’s efficiency. 

    By cwelsh,

    • 0 comments
    • 814 views

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