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David Borun

Reader Question on Negative Short Rates

Why long puts aren't a good alternative in a negative interest rate environment

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David Borun

Contrary Exercise Brings Risk and Opportunity

The mechanics concerning which options are automatically exercised can mean the difference between profit and loss.

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David Borun

Does "Quadruple Witching" Create Options Trading Opportunity?

The inclusion of Tesla could mean big volatility during the biggest derivative expiration of 2020.

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David Borun

Do Hot IPOs Equal Hot Options Trading Opportunities?

It's been a great year for offerings, but be careful with these volatile new issues.

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David Borun

Ten Monts Later, You Should Still Be Wary About Tesla Options...

Huge options premiums mean that trading Tesla calls and puts are like playing at the high-limit table.

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David Borun

You Don't Need To Fear Option Assignments

The exercise of options you are short can actually be a blessing in disguise.

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David Borun

Let's Take Another Look at Commodity Options

With demand concerns in Energy and a "flight to safety" in Gold, it's worth considering non-equity derivatives again.

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David Borun

Dirfferent implied Volatilities on Differnt Strikes. Why?

Modern options pricing models revolutionized speculation and risk-management, but they're also constantly evolving.

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David Borun

What Does Implied Volatility Really Mean?

How to convert annual volatility figures on short-dated options contracts

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David Borun

In Uncertain Times, Consider the Protective "Collar"

Protect your gains inexpensively with this spread fairly simple spread trade.

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David Borun

Trading Options in an October Like We've Never Seen Before

The October baseball analogy is more appropriate now than it has ever been.

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David Borun

SPACs and Direct Offerings Are Becoming More Common

Traders should adjust their assumptions about volatility in these new issues.

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David Borun

What's the Correct Time Period for Your Options Trades

Long-term options come with complications you might not expect

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David Borun

Why You Shouldn't Trade In-The-Money Options

Understanding option pricing mechanics will point you to more cost-effective alternatives

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David Borun

Rising Volatilities Are an Opportunity

Volatility is uncomfortable, but you can make it work for you.

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David Borun

Apple Stock Split Prompts Significant Changes in the Dow

The world's most widely referenced stock market index will soon swap out 10% of its holdings

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David Borun

When Share Prices Rise, So Do Options Premiums

Check the price of the straddle as a litmus test about what options are (or aren't) worth.

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David Borun

Stock Splits Are Back in Fashion, How Are Options Afffected?

Most contracts are adjusted to minimize the impact of corporate actions

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David Borun

Have an Options Trade Idea, Backtest It

Examining how a similar trade worked in past periods can tell you if you're on the right track.

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David Borun

Can a Two-Day Straddle Be Worth $220?

Heading into a crucial earnings report, Tesla options are on fire.

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David Borun

Mailbag: Huge Hard-To-Borrow Rates Can Cause Huge Trouble

Early call assignment and high short rates turns a can't miss trade into big losses instead.

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David Borun

As Earnings Season Approaches, Consider Buying a Condor

If you think a stock probably won't move meaningfully, this is the trade you'll want.

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David Borun

Expiration Can Get Tricky, but Options are Still Very Understandable

As they are about to expire, making sure you know what's happening is one of the most important parts of trading options.

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David Borun

Options on Bankrupt Hertz Provide Unique Risks and Opportunities

Extremely high volatilities and negative interest rates make trading Hertz options tricky.

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David Borun

Avoid the Pitfalls of Leveraged ETFs

Futures and options help avoid the built-in disadvantages of leveraged ETFs

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