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Choose The Right Call Option

There are many factors that go into deciding which call option to buy. One of the biggest mistakes that beginners make is focusing on the price of the call option, instead of the ultimate objective or the reason for purchasing the call option.

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The Basics of Buying Call Options

In very basic terms, when you purchase a call option, you profit if the underlying stock goes up and you MAY lose money if the underlying stock moves lower. Because you don’t own the actual underlying asset, buying calls is substantially cheaper than buying stocks or any other underlying asset that you may be interested in trading.

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Quick Tips To Better Options Trading

Many of the tips being shared today come from over 20 years of trading experience. Remember, there’s no correlation between complex concepts and profitability; and I urge all of you to follow these simple trading tips diligently.

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Understanding Delta and Directional Options Trading

One very important factor that many traders ask me about is how far in the money or how far out of the money they should go when buying an option. In essence, the issue is Delta, which is the Greek term for the expected change in the option for every dollar fluctuation in the underlying stock.

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Calendar Call Spreads 101

The idea behind the calendar spread is to sell time, which is why calendar spreads are also known as time spreads. A calendar spread is constructed through two simultaneous trades: 1) the purchase of an option, and 2) the sale of another option with the same strike price, but an earlier expiration.

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Are You an Options Buyer or an Options Seller?

Often times when traders first begin trading options, they have a difficult time deciding whether or not they should be buying options or selling them instead. With stocks, you are limited to buying and selling shares.  

But with options, you have calls, puts, combination spreads and to make things more confusing; different strike prices and expiration dates to take into account. And just when you thought you had it all down, you then have to consider implied volatility in all of this.

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