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Viewing Option Volatility through a Few Different Lenses

Viewing Option Volatility through a Few Different Lenses

Trading ain't like it used to be. In the old days, the gulf between retail investors and professional traders was as wide as the Grand Canyon...

It's the Math, Stupid: Making Sense of Black-Scholes

It's the Math, Stupid: Making Sense of Black-Scholes

Black Scholes. Those two words have very nearly defined options trading for the past 40 years. Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, two University of Chicago ...

Big Trader, Small Trades: Formula for a Bite-Size Trading Strategy

Big Trader, Small Trades: Formula for a Bite-Size Trading Strategy

Trading success doesn't mean "going for broke," or searching for the next big thing. It's more like pacing yourself at the hippest restaurant in town.

Spread Trading Part 4: Connecting the Dots

Spread Trading Part 4: Connecting the Dots

Once you've learned the foundational spreads—verticals and calendars—and what makes them tick, the next step is knowing when to use them.

Gear Head: How to Get a Better Read on Beta

Gear Head: How to Get a Better Read on Beta

When calculating risk, you can use all kinds of tools to compare a stock's current volatility to its past volatility. However, one of our favorites...

Sizing Up (and Breaking Down) a Futures Calendar Spread

Sizing Up (and Breaking Down) a Futures Calendar Spread

A futures calendar spread has a pretty intimidating name. Kind of like Dick Armey. But the spread is pretty straightforward when broken down one word ...

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Capiche: Behold Portfolio Margin! Working with Total Position Risk

Capiche: Behold Portfolio Margin! Working with Total Position Risk

Getting more bang for your buck is a concept most people understand. So when it comes to trading on margin—putting up a portion of the cost ...

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