Selling Options on Energies: Is Oil Bull Running out of Gas?

For those busy watching equities, health care debates or the latest unemployment data, you may not have noticed that crude oil has been in an aggressive bull market since February. While the debate rages on as to if there will be a “double dip” in the economy or a second crash in the stock market, … Read more

Virtual Options Trading

Here are nine important concepts you must take into account when practicing options trading in a virtual account by Giorgos E. Siligardos, Ph.D. Virtual Trading (VT) is a general term referring to hypothetical trades made by a trader for either practicing or for evaluation of his/her methodology. You may have also heard the term “Paper … Read more

Virtual Options Trading

by Giorgos E. Siligardos, Ph.D. Here are nine important concepts you must take into account when practicing options trading in a virtual account Virtual Trading (VT) is a general term referring to hypothetical trades made by a trader for either practicing or for evaluation of his/her methodology. You may have also heard the term “Paper … Read more

Selling Condors

By James Cordier, Michael Gross, Portfolio Managers, Liberty Trading Group/OptionSellers.com A core focus of The Complete Guide to Option Selling (McGraw-Hill 2005) is pairing the logic of selling option premium with the long term fundamentals of a particular market. For many, this means establishing a bullish or bearish position in the market at a strike … Read more

Stock Options vs. Commodity Options The Futures Advantage

Why Equity Option traders should consider adding Futures Options to their Portfolios By James Cordier, Michael Gross, Portfolio Managers, Liberty Trading Group/OptionSellers.com If you are reading this seminar, I am about to make several assumptions about you. I am assuming you are somewhat of an experienced investor who has already “paid some dues” on the … Read more

Options for Rookies

Mark D. Wolfinger Do the words “stock options” make you uneasy? Without quite knowing why, do you have the feeling that stock options are dangerous and should only be used by speculators? You have plenty of company. Many people are under the same misconception. Do you drive a car? Would you consider getting behind the … Read more

Core Market Knowledge for Options Traders

By Martha Stokes, C.M.T. © copyright 2007 all rights reserved. Any time leverage is used in trading, it creates inherently higher risk. Therefore, it becomes even more critical for options players to have a foundation of knowledge that goes beyond the extremely narrow scope of “options strategies”. An option strategy is the last thing an … Read more

Managing SPAN margin to maximize returns

The SPAN margin system used in futures can not only provide high returns on invested capital, it encourages responsible risk management By James Cordier, Michael Gross, Portfolio Managers, Liberty Trading Group/OptionSellers.com When I was a young man in college, three of my friends and I decided we wanted to rent a house off of campus … Read more

Trading Options on Futures

By Jim Wyckoff A while back, I received several emails from readers wanting to know if they should short the crude oil market because of its lofty price levels. I responded that I don’t give specific trading recommendations, but I certainly do want to help my readers succeed at the difficult task of trading futures … Read more