Category: Options

The Short (Naked) Call

The Short (Naked) Call Shorting or selling a call is the opposite of buying a call. When you buy a call you typically expect or want the underlying to go up in price since you have purchased the right to buy the underlying at a specific price. When you short a call you are giving […]

The Long Put

The Long Put The Long Put is another of the most basic of options strategies you can use when trading options. It is easy to understand and you know your risk when you enter the position. Most people do however, forget about the effect of Delta on the position. When purchasing an option, I like […]

The Long Call

The Long Call The long call is one of the most basic option strategies you can use when trading options. It is relatively simple and easy to understand, however most people forget about the effect of Delta on the position. When purchasing an option, I like to have AT LEAST 30 days before expiration. Preferably, […]

Synthetic Long Stock

Synthetic Long Stock As part of my ongoing option strategy education I wanted to discuss a Synthetic Long position. A synthetic long is very useful if you want to purchase a stock but do not have the capital to purchase it outright. RISK: Keep in mind you have the SAME risk to the down side […]

Spreads

Spreads are another favorite of mine. There are two types of spreads I trade using either Calls or Puts. They are Credit and Debit Spreads. A credit spread means that you receive money when you place the trade and hope that the position expires worthless. A debit spread means that you pay money when you […]

Covered Calls

It is time to delve into one of the main strategies I trade. Those of you who are familiar with covered calls, please do not say “really, covered calls again!” because I do not trade typical covered calls. My portfolio is broken down into a number of different strategies that help to increase my returns […]