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David Borun

The VIX is not really a "Fear Gauge"

Though fear is one component of options prices, there's much more to it.

CBOE

David Borun

With Precious Metals, Make Sure You're Not the "Greater Fool"

Some assets have true intrinsic value and some don't. Knowing the difference is important.

GLD

David Borun

As the VIX Falls, It's Time To Consider Buying Options

With the VIX back at 30% even as uncertainty lurks, the Straddle is looking like a good bet.

SPY CBOE

David Borun

The Oil Price Plunge is an Opportunity to Learn About Options

Extreme situations like negative futures prices are an interesting way to learn about the mechanics of derivatives.

CME

David Borun

With Energy and Metals on the Move, Consider Commodity Options

Investors with and opinion on the direction of commodity prices should know all the facts before trading those options.

CME

David Borun

Put Protection is Too Expensive for Your Portfolio

High implied volatilities make buying option protection a poor idea right now.

CBOE

David Borun

Equities Rally, but the VIX Remains High

Factors other than fear can often keep implied volatilities higher than you might guess.

CBOE

David Borun

Know Your Options, Personal Story Edition

Two events, one today and one from 20 years ago help shed some light on recent market behavior.

LRCX

David Borun

Coronavirus Causes a Volatility Spike. Time to Sell Options?

When traders scramble for protective options, your decision comes down to "trade or fade."

CBOE

David Borun

Trading Options on Takeover Deals

Contracts are adjusted to minimize the impact, but corporate deals still present an opportunity.

MS ETFC

David Borun

Should You Consider Trading Weekly Options Expirations?

More frequent expiration cycles allow traders to customize their positions, but also involve unique risks

CBOE

David Borun

Why You Should NOT Be Trading Options on Tesla Right Now

Big moves, high volatilities and high "vol of vol" make Tesla options a real widowmaker lately

TSLA AAPL

David Borun

Call-Put Parity Reprise

The principle of call-put parity means calls can act like puts and vice versa.

CBOE

David Borun

Call-Selling Terminology (Plus a Bit More on Call-Put Parity)

Selling calls can be a very effective strategy, but you might want to avoid in-the-money options.

CBOE

David Borun

Don't Let Low Volatilities Lull You into a False Sense of Security

Unpredictable events are perpetually on the horizon, smart traders know how to survive them

CBOE

David Borun

A Big Rally and High Volatilities Make Tesla a Candidate for Cash-Covered Puts

Those who missed the recent rally aren't totally out of the game

TSLA GM F

David Borun

Back to Fundamentals to Start 2020

At the start of a new trading year, let's examine a basic topic that's important for understanding our trades to come this year.

CBOE

David Borun

Tesla Collar Update

As the shares continue to rally, how can a trader make the right decision about what to keep and what to sell?

TSLA

David Borun

Using Options to Lock in Tesla Gains

With a big winner on your hands, a collar can protect profits while still preserving potential

TSLA

David Borun

Why Do Options on the Same Stock Trade at Different Implied Vols?

The normal distribution assumption in option pricing models doesn't accurately reflect real life

TSLA

David Borun

A Different Take on a Popular Strategy

Options volumes may be a good signal, but not necessarily how you might think.

TSLA

David Borun

Understanding Options During a Marijuana Stocks Rally

With pot stocks getting a boost from legalization efforts, understanding options is key to making the best value decision

CGC

David Borun

Playing Offense when Volatilities are Low

With the VIX at 13%, it may be a good time to speculate using options.

TSLA GM F

David Borun

Pay Attention to Hard to Borrow Rates, Even in Options Trades

The prices of traditional options strategies change along with interest rates

TLRY MSFT

David Borun

How to Replicate a Stock Postion Using Options

Options can be a way around account restrictions, but not negative interest rates

CME CBOE