Options can be powerful investing instruments to help generate income, manage risk, and trade volatility. Beginner strategies, such as buying and selling options, demonstrate how these securities provide dynamic alternatives to traditional investments. More advanced strategies offer unique and tactical ways to capitalize on trends in the market. This series of Viewpoints can help you find an options trading strategy that aligns with your market outlook, no matter your experience level.
Call options grant you the right to control stock at a fraction of the full price.
You can potentially earn upfront income by selling options—but there are significant risks.
|A covered call option
Generate the same profit potential as a covered call, without owning the underlying stock.
|Protect your profits
Learn how put options can help protect your gains.
If you trade options, the smaller contract of a mini option might make sense.
|LEAPS and bounds
An options strategy for short-term traders and longer-term investors.
|The power of delta
Learn how this Greek can help you assess the probability of making a profit.
|An IV for your options strategy
If you trade options, implied volatility can help you identify stocks that could move.
|The bull put spread
Capture profits from a rising stock while putting a limit on potential losses.
|The bull call spread
A strategy designed to take advantage of price gains while potentially limiting risk.
|The bear call spread
This limited-risk options strategy can be used to profit in a down market.
|The bear put spread
Profit from a falling stock price, while potentially limiting risk.
|The long strangle
This strategy is designed to profit when you expect a big move.
|Straddling the market
Here's another options strategy designed to profit when you expect a big move.
Here's how to capture opportunities created by volatility with the calendar spread.
|Trade like a butterfly
Read about this limited-risk option strategy that can help you manage volatility.
|Adjust your options
How to manage high and low volatility using ratio spreads, an advanced options strategy.
|The iron condor
When volatility is low, consider taking advantage of this advanced options strategy.
Put a collar on this market
Here’s a sophisticated options strategy designed to limit losses and protect gains.
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