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Active Trading: Cutting Out the Middleman

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Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before deciding to invest in options.

If an investor likes the idea of selling puts, they may opt to buy an ETF that does it for them, such as PUTW (WisdomTree CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Strategy Fund). While it sounds easy to passively invest in this strategic approach, there is great benefit to being in control.

A few differences are expense ratios, buying power reduction, leverage capability, and trade management. This Market Measure shows the effect on performance that is obtainable by trading for yourself. Managing winners and applying slight leverage has great potential to enhance returns - something the ETFs don’t do for the investor.

tastytrade research has shown the power of active trade management, underlying/strategy diversification, buying wings for capital efficiency, and scaling into opportunity. The reduced capital requirements and freedom of self-directed trading makes these all possible.

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