Comparing 30 and 60 Days to Expiration

Comparing 30 and 60 Days to Expiration

We know selling options with 45 until expiration is the best time to sell. However, we are often confronted with choosing between 30 and 60 day cycles. When that happens, we need to make a decision which way to go.

Visualizing Strangles

Visualizing Strangles

We hope to win so much tastytraders will get bored. Okay, maybe we will never bore of winning trades. In order to win, we first need to understand how to win.

Straddles on ETFs vs. Stocks

Straddles on ETFs vs. Stocks

When volatility is high, both ETFs and the individual stocks comprising ETFs offer trading opportunities such as selling strangles. But should we trade the ETF or individual stocks?

Market Measures | Fading Fear

Market Measures | Fading Fear

The VIX spiked hard during the “Brexit” referendum and then crashed in the aftermath. Read on to learn about valuable tastytrade research that provides further historical context on the move.

Comparing Movements in SPX and VIX

Comparing Movements in SPX and VIX

Understanding relationships is one of tastytrade’s goals. No, not those kinds of relationships (though it might help answer some questions). Understanding the relationship between SPX and VIX is something that can help all traders better understand risk.

Trading Shortcuts

Trading Shortcuts

Calculating expected moves or how changes in volatility affect option prices isn’t always the quickest thing to determine. Fortunately, we’re old and have picked up some shortcuts over the years.

Bullish Volatility Plays in IRAs

Bullish Volatility Plays in IRAs

Markets are at all-time highs. Ugh. Volatility is at near all-time lows. Ugh. We are out on the ledge drinking spoiled milk. More often than not, that seems to be the recipe for when we want to consider a bullish trade on volatility.

How Much Am I Paying For This?

How Much Am I Paying For This?

Management fees in mutual funds and ETFs can be complicated and may be dampening your ability to make suitable returns in the market. Read on to learn more!

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!