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What Stock Should I Trade?

Options Jive

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Are you just starting out with managing your own wealth but don’t know what markets you want to buy or sell? Or do you have a strategy you’d like to implement in options but don’t know what underlying market to start with? Today’s Options Jive answers the question of “What stock should I trade?” using historical trade data as well as current options prices to find the stock that fits your risk level best.

Tom and Tony use Apple (AAPL), the Tech Sector (XLK), and the S&P 500 (SPY) in their example to find the stock that fits how much movement they wanna see as they trade their accounts. Their findings show that single stocks, like Apple, move much more on a daily basis than, say, a broad stock index like the S&P 500. And market sectors like that of Tech are usually somewhere in between!

The guys use options and the implied amount of movement that they represent as well as standard deviations of past movement to help in the search for an underlying market that fits the individual’s risk appetite.

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