Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Does anyone here trade stock options?

I am looking into options trading after the earnings. Now only simple calls / puts. . nothing complex, but no one else to do that too? What is your strategy. . or at least part thereof. . Please IM me AIM (tradc7).

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4 Responses to “Does anyone here trade stock options?”
  1. Michael M says:

    You know I don’t think options are going to give you any particular advantage unless you really, really understand them.

    To see if you would be able to understand, read through a few pages of “Dynamic Hedging” by Nassim Taleb.

    If you don’t understand those pages, then I don’t think you’re going to have any greater or lesser success trading options than you do trading anything else.

  2. zman492 says:

    I do some trading of stock options.

    I try not to specialize in any one strategy, but to pick the strategy that appears most appropriate for the situation. However, I probably trade more put ratio speads than any other strategy. I also would say I find that spreads I keep delta-neutral are my most successful.

    You need to understand that option trading is much more about volatility than the direction the stock price is going to move. Sheldon Natenberg, in his book “Option Volatility & Pricing” includes an appendix titled “What’s the Right Strategy?” in which he says if implied volatility is moderate the best strategies are

    o Buy the stock if you are bullish
    o Sell the stock if you are bearish
    o Go on vacation if you are neither bullish or bearish

    but don’t trade options unless you believe implied volatility is either too high or too low.

    I strongly urge you to read at least one or two good books on options before you start trading them.

    Here are links to message board threads where I have shared some of my options trades.





  3. Nathan says:

    This question is beyond the scope of this forum.

    Start by learning a lot about the stock market first. Buy books on Amazon about options that have high user reviews.

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