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    July 29, 2020

    Is JPM Morgan Poised For Its Next Leg Up?

      We believe that some banks are in a position to make the next leg up?  Why? You ask.  Unlike your conventional banks, some banks like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citibank and, Morgan Stanley have resources that many conventional banks do not.  They have MASSIVE trading entities.  They are not simply a place to park […]

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    July 28, 2020

    Vega and Order Flow

    Vega is the measurement of an option’s price sensitivity to changes in the volatility of the underlying asset. Vega represents the amount that an option contract’s price changes in reaction to a 1% change in the implied volatility of the underlying asset. We also discuss order flow and how it can affect implied volatility and the balance of supply and demand. Click […]

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    July 28, 2020

    A Look into Option Open Interest and Volume

    Open interest is a concept that is unique to options.  Volume is a parallel concept to stocks.  First, what are they?  Second, why should an options trader care about them? Open interest is the number of active contracts. It is a metric that can be tracked or displayed on most options trading platforms, like bid […]

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    July 28, 2020

    A Synthetic Approach To Options

    A call is an option that gives the buyer the right, not the obligation, to buy an underlying asset at a certain point in time at a certain price.  A put option gives the buyer the right, not the obligation, to sell an underlying asset at a certain point in time at a certain price.  […]

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    July 27, 2020

    What Do You Mean by “Scalping Gamma”?

    “Gamma Scalping” is a concept that retail options traders should know about, but frankly will rarely, if ever, use.  Not because it is a bad idea, but because it is capital intensive and it’s necessary to own the underlying asset. “Gamma Scalping” involves the process of scalping in and out of a stock or futures […]

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    July 27, 2020

    What is Option Put-Call Parity?

    Put–call parity defines a relationship between the price of a European call option and European put option, both with the identical strike price and expiry, namely that a portfolio of a long call option and a short put option is equivalent to (and hence has the same value as) a single forward contract at this strike price and expiry. This is […]

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    June 10, 2020

    The Difference Between Implied and Historical Volatilities

    In contrast to historical volatility (HV), which looks at actual asset prices in the past, implied volatility (IV) looks ahead. … Implied volatility can be derived from the price of an option. Specifically, implied volatility is the expected future volatility of the stock that is implied by the price of the stock’s options Click the video below to see how we dive into this important aspect […]

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    June 10, 2020

    Helping You Understand Option Gamma

    An option’s gamma is a measure of the rate of change of its delta. The gamma of an option reflects the change in the delta in response to a one-point movement of the underlying stock price. Like the delta, the gamma is not a static measure.  It is constantly changing, even with tiny movements of the […]

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    June 10, 2020

    What Is Option Margin?

    Option margin is the cash or securities an investor must deposit in his account as collateral before writing – or selling – options. Margin requirements are established by the Federal Reserve Board in Regulation T. Option margin differs from other types of margin that you may associate with stock or futures trading.  These types of margin allow a trader to employ leverage in […]

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    June 9, 2020

    The Difference Between Implied Volatility and Vega

    Implied Volatility (IV) and Vega are very much related but are by no means the same thing. Implied volatility has no direct correlation to actual past historical or statistical volatility; rather it is a measure of predicted future movement. Implied volatility tends to increase when there is uncertainty or anticipated news, while it tends to […]

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