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The Skinny on Options: Abstract Applications

Theta's the Hero (Not You)

The Skinny on Options: Abstract Applications

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

As an option trader, there are three ways that you can make money with a position: the directional move (delta), the volatility change (vega), and the passage of time (theta). Well what’s interesting about theta specifically is that its very nature requires that you allow it to build and accumulate over time, rather than go for a quick strike.

This will not only change your approach to consistency over time, as opposed to lucky wins, but it also lends itself well to understanding the difference between the first half of the expiration cycle and the second half of the expiration cycle.

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