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The Rookie’s Course on Options Trading With Expert Brian Overby

Options trading can help you diversify your portfolio beyond stocks, bonds and mutual funds. But what are options exactly? And how do you get started with options trading? This rookie’s course answers those questions and more. Options trading basics What is an option? In simple terms, it’s a contract that gives an investor the right […]

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What Are Dividends and How Do They Work?

Whether you’re an active trader who dives into the deep end of the market or a passive investor who rides out waves of volatility, dividends are one way your investments can make a splash in your portfolio. Whether or not stock prices ebb and flow with market changes, dividends are another way to generate a […]

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Diversifying Your Portfolio: Is Options Trading Worth It?

Trading options is a little more involved than trading stocks. You have to know some basic options lingo, for starters. And it may not appeal to the passive investor who favors a buy-and-hold strategy — although there are ways to leverage options for lengthier time horizons, so option trading can still be on the table […]

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Bullish and Bearish Option Trading Strategies

As an options trader, you know that trading options requires advanced strategy knowledge. In fact, it can take years to understand the complexities of option trading. (Just remember that nobody was born knowing how to trade options — every great options trader had to learn from scratch.) It’s important to have the right tools and […]

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Sign up for Option Trading Events With Expert Brian Overby

As senior options analyst for Ally Invest, Brian Overby is a widely sought-after resource for his option trading knowledge and market insights. He has contributed to numerous articles for the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Bloomberg, and has had frequent appearances on CNBC Fast Money and Fox Business News. A veteran of the financial industry […]

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Put Options Explained: Buying or Selling Puts (With Examples)

You’ve probably heard the phrases “what goes up, must come down” and “all good things must come to an end” when someone talks about the end of a bull run in the stock market. Both of those statements infer that your investments can only grow in value when the market is rising. But what if […]

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10 Options Trading Mistakes and Strategies to Avoid

When trading options, it’s possible to profit if stocks go up, down or sideways. You can use options strategies to cut losses, protect gains and control large chunks of stock with a relatively small cash outlay. Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch: You can lose more money than you invested in a relatively short period […]

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Options Trading Explained: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking to go beyond stocks, mutual funds or bonds in your portfolio, options could be a good fit. Options give you, well, options for diversification. And while the risks can be high, so can the rewards. You may have heard that getting started with options trading is difficult, or it’s only for the most […]

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What’s the Difference Between Options and Stocks?

Building a portfolio can be like dining out. You have lots of choices (chicken or beef? French fries or side salad?), but not all of them suit your appetite. Stocks may be your go-to pick, but options can also be a wise choice for your portfolio. Whether you’re deciding between options vs. stocks or leaning […]

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The Basics of Writing Covered Calls

Are you looking to elevate your investment strategy? Writing covered calls could be a way to add investment income to your portfolio, while holding on to your long stock positions. You don’t have to be an investment professional to take advantage of this options move — but it won’t hurt to learn the ins and […]

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