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Options Basics

We explain what an option contract is and how it works, the difference between a put and a call, and more...
If you are new to options we will provide you with a basic understanding of what options are and how they work in the articles and other resources we have made available here. You will learn the basic functioning of an option contract, the difference between a call option and a put option, and receive the answer to several questions important to both novice and expert options traders.

  • Overview of Stock Options
    A basic overview of stock option contracts and an introduction as to how they can be used in your trading. Both call options and put options are covered.
  • Learn About Stock Option Trading
    Before you can hope to experience long term success you will need to invest your time, your diligent efforts, and some money to learn about the markets and how to navigate them by reducing risk and leveraging profitable investments and trades. If you choose to pursue the education, you will have the oppotunity to learn how to truly build wealth consistently and methodically.
  • What Is A Stock Option?
    Explanation of a stock option, call option and put option, including strike price, expiration date, and underlying security.
  • Call Option Explained
    A long call option can be used to reduce market risk, while also leveraging profits from stock option trading.
  • Put Option Explained
    The put option is reviewed as a tool to protect a stock portfolio from losses, to profit from falling prices with limited trading risk, or to buy stock at below market prices.
  • Stock Option Writing Basics
    An introduction to stock option selling. Selling options is also referred to as option writing and generates a cash premium to the seller's account. We cover the basics of being an option writer.
  • Options Pricing, Volatlity and the Greeks
    Options are complex, derivative securities and their price is influenced by several factors.
  • Basic Option Strategies
    Master the basic option strategies and you willl have the foundation to conquer the most compelx option techniques.

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