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Collar Strategies

You can think of a collar as simultaneously running a protective put and a covered call. Some investors think this is a sexy trade because the covered call helps to pay for the protective put. So you've limited the downside on the stock for less than it would cost to buy a put alone, but […]

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Covered Call Strategies

Some investors will run this strategy after they’ve already seen nice gains on the stock. Often, they will sell out-of-the-money calls, so if the stock price goes up, they’re willing to part with the stock and take the profit. Covered calls can also be used to achieve income on the stock above and beyond any […]

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Protective Put Strategies

About the Security Options are contracts which control underlying assets, oftentimes stock. It is possible to buy (own or long) or sell (write or short) an option to initiate a position. Options are traded through a broker like Ally Invest, who charges a commission when buying or selling option contracts. Before trading options carefully consider […]

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Put Options Explained

It's strange but true: many investors who are perfectly comfortable trading call options get a little squeamish around put options. Puts are certainly nothing to be afraid of. When used properly, they can add a whole new dimension to your trading. What are puts, exactly? Put options are basically the reverse of calls: a call […]

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Options Expiration

If you have positions that are in the money, it's crucial that you monitor your account and communicate with Ally on Expiration. There are a few choices if you have positions that are expiring in the money: You can close the option position. You can leave the position open. However, if it's in the money, […]

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Short Put Strategies

When selling puts with no intention of buying the stock, you want the puts you sell to expire worthless. This strategy has a limited profit potential if the stock remains above strike A at expiration, but substantial potential risk if the stock goes down. The reason some traders run this strategy is that there is […]

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Understanding Option Greeks and Dividends: Rho

Rho is the amount a theoretical option's price will change for a corresponding one-unit (percentage-point) change in the interest rate used to price the option contract. Typically the interest rate used here would be the risk-free rate of return. The rate associated with investing in Treasuries is traditionally defined by market experts as virtually risk-free. […]

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Understanding Option Greeks and Dividends: Theta

Theta refers to time decay and is the amount a theoretical option’s price will change for a corresponding one-unit (day) change in the number of days to expiration of the option contract. Each moment that passes melts away some of the option’s value. Not only does the premium melt away, but it does so at […]

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Understanding Option Greeks and Dividends: Vega

Vega is one of the most important Greeks, but it often doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Vega is the amount a theoretical option’s price will change for a corresponding one-unit (percentage-point) change in the implied volatility of the option contract. Simply stated, Vega is the Greek that follows implied volatility (IV) swings. Don’t forget […]

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Trading Options In An IRA

Interested in trading options in your individual retirement account (IRA)? You've come to the right place. Ally Invest combines a powerful online trading platform with highly rated customer service and easy-to-understand options investing education for beginning and advanced traders alike. If you're ready to start investing money for your retirement, your first move may be […]