Staying Active in Low VIX Situations

Staying Active in Low VIX Situations

Staying engaged with markets is critical even during low volatility market environments. Read on to learn more about positions that tend to perform well during these periods...

Long Call Options | Everything You Need to Know

Long Call Options | Everything You Need to Know

Investors will typically buy call options when they expect that a underlying's price will increase significantly in the near future, but do not have enough money to buy the actual stock. 

A call is an option contract that gives the purchaser the right, but not the obligation, to buy stock at a certain price. The price specified is called the strike price. If the stock goes up, the value of the call contract also goes up. If the stock goes down, the value of the call option goes down.

Backtesting Duration in Credit Spreads

Backtesting Duration in Credit Spreads

Interested in finding out what duration might be most efficient when selling vertical spreads? Today’s post highlights recent tastytrade research on this important topic!

Is VIX Poised to Breakout?

Is VIX Poised to Breakout?

One of the key reasons the VIX has remained depressed in 2017 is due to historically low realized volatility. Read on to learn more!

Strike Selection in Covered Calls

Strike Selection in Covered Calls

A key part of selling covered calls is strike selection. Today’s post provides further important context on this subject - read on to learn more!

Probability of Profit | An Option Trader's Best Friend

Probability of Profit | An Option Trader's Best Friend

In a strategy game such as poker, some players make decisions off of instinct, while others use probabilities and numbers. In the world of trading, this concept is very similar. In this post, we will focus specifically on the probability of making at least $0.01 on a trade.