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Options - Futures Options and Stock Options

Options are often regarded as mysterious and complicated, and many day traders have very little knowledge of what options are or how they are traded. In reality, options are very simple to understand, and can quickly be added to any day trader's list of markets. These articles will tell you what options are, and how they are traded, and cover both futures options and stock options. They will also explain what the difference is between European and US style options.
  1. Options Greeks (15)
  2. Options Strategies (11)

What are Options?
Description of options markets and contracts, and how they differ from futures markets. Lists some European and US style options markets. Explains how options trading symbols are constructed, and how tick values are calculated.

How are Options Traded?
Discussion of how options markets are traded, including descriptions of options contracts, long and short trades, call and put contracts, and options premiums.

European or US Style Options
Description of the difference between European and US style options, and list of popular futures and cash settled options in both styles.

Long and Short Options Trades
Description of which options trades are long and which options trades are short, with reference to both the options market itself, and the underlying market.

Options Profit and Loss
Description of how options trades either make or lose money, with explanations of the various possible options trades.

Calculate the Size of an Options Market Trade
How to calculate the size of a trade on an options market for any size of trading account.

Stock Options
Description of stock options' markets, including an explanation of stock options' contracts, strike prices, options expirations, and exercising stock options.

Trading Options As Insurance
Discussion of trading options as insurance for another trade, with explanation of which options trades should be used for which underlying trades.

Short Term Options Trading
Discussion of how options and warrants can be traded short term, with an explanation of the differences that must be taken into account when trading options short term.

Introduction to the Options Greeks
Introduction to the options greeks, with a list of the most commonly used options greeks, and an example of the type of information that the options greeks provide.

Short Options Trades Are Not Risky
Discussion of the increased risk that is incorrectly associated with short options trades, with an explanation of how short options trades' risk compares to other types of trades.

Introduction to Warrants
Introduction to warrants including the types of warrants that are available, and the basics of how warrants are traded.

Introduction to Knock Outs
Introduction to knock outs including the types of knock outs that are available, and the basics of how knock outs are traded.

Calculate the Size of a Warrants Market Trade
How to calculate the size of a trade on a warrants market for any size of trading account.

How to Exit an Options or Warrants Trade
Explanation of how to exit an options or warrants trade, and why not exercising options and warrants is more profitable than exercising them.

Trading With Weekly Options
Do you avoid options because of the long expiration period? Find out why trading weekly options can be extremely lucrative and well-suited for day traders.

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