Long Straddles: Is There Ever An Opportunity?

Long Straddles: Is There Ever An Opportunity?

With the market peaking, you may be considering a long premium approach to take advantage of a potential pullback in the market. Read on to learn more about the success of such strategies in the past.

Equating Futures to ETFs

Equating Futures to ETFs

Using an ETF, we can create a synthetic notional equivalent futures contract. We don’t do that because we’re bored, but rather because doing so can help us understand how overnight price changes in the futures market will affect ETFs the next trading day.

TLT Under the Microscope

TLT Under the Microscope

Bond ETFs offer similar exposure to actual bonds and require significantly less capital. Read on to learn more about one of the titans in this sector - TLT!

Faith in IV

Faith in IV

When it comes to implied volatility, we have a few from which to choose. And when IV is low, is it still accurate for calculating expected moves?

Higher IVR | Greater Opportunities

Higher IVR | Greater Opportunities

Want to see Tom smile ear-to-ear? Ask him about high implied volatility. Implied volatility dictates much of how we trade. There are several reasons why that is.

"Brexit" Pulls a Y2K

"Brexit" Pulls a Y2K

“Brexit” may have passed, but some potentially market-moving events still loom on the horizon. Read on to learn more.

Tasty Review: Portfolio Management

Tasty Review: Portfolio Management

Effective portfolio management represents a key to success in the trading universe. Read on to learn more about this critical skill.

Best Practices:  The Art of Adjusting

Best Practices: The Art of Adjusting

If you missed anything during the “Brexit” turmoil, you aren’t alone. The “art of adjusting” is a skill that’s learned over time through experience.

Size Up or Move Strikes In?

Size Up or Move Strikes In?

Selling a fifteen delta put has a higher probability of success than selling a forty-five delta put. But when our concern is achieving a certain number of deltas, is it better to sell a higher number of smaller delta options, or fewer larger delta options?

Confusion with Statistics

Confusion with Statistics

tastytraders are big on statistics. It’s how we quantify our success. Just because numbers don’t lie, however, does not mean they cannot mislead.

"Brexit" Turmoil: Sell Puts or Buy Stock?

"Brexit" Turmoil: Sell Puts or Buy Stock?

A long equities strategy has obviously outperformed since the market bottomed during the 2008/2009 Financial Crisis. But how has a short put strategy performed in comparison? Read on to learn more.

Delta Risk and Reward

Delta Risk and Reward

Selling strangles is a favored tastytrade strategy. Determining which strikes to use when selling a strangle will determine both probability of being profitable and how much premium might be collected.

Truth or Skepticism: Brexitaphobia

Truth or Skepticism: Brexitaphobia

Just like any other binary event, Brexit brings with it an opportunity to capitalize on volatility. Where might those opportunities exist? Find out in this week's episode of Truth or Skepticism!

Futures Spotlight: Natural Gas

Futures Spotlight: Natural Gas

Natural gas prices are on the move and the tastytrade blog has the latest scoop. Read on to learn more about trading this well-known energy commodity.

Using Vega to Assess Risk

Using Vega to Assess Risk

Vega is a measure of risk relative to changes in volatility. Understanding Vega exposure allows us to assess risk from increasing volatility in short option positions.