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

Chicago Board Options Exchange

Established in 1973, the Chicago Board Options Exchange created and listed the first exchange-listed standardized stock options. The CBOE has become one of the world’s largest options exchanges with an annual trade of over 450 million options contracts. See also: Financial Exchanges

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