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Implied Volatility / VIX

The Volatility Index (or VIX) is a weighted measure of the implied volatility for SPX put and call options. The puts and calls are weighted according to time remaining and the degree to which they are in or out of…
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Basket Strategies

Backtest your strategies against a basket of 100+ instruments simultaneously. The example below  demonstrates backtesting a basket of several stocks simultaneously.  The strategy tracks each stock’s implied volatility, and buys the stock whenever the stock’s implied volatility hits a 3…
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Earnings Strategies

Trading Around EarningsEarnings season can provide ample profit opportunities, but using the wrong trading strategy can just as easily spell disaster. For most traders seeking to profit during earnings season, there are two basic schools of thought: Take advantage of…
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How To Tune Your Strategy

Spot The ErrorsCan you identify the errors with the following trading strategy? Watch our tutorial video below to see how to fix your  trading strategy when it is not working as expected. Login to your account to follow along with…
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To Roll or Not To Roll?

Rolling TradesRolling is one of the most common ways to adjust an option position.   To roll a trade, we simultaneously close our existing position and open a new one. It’s possible to roll either a long or short option positions.  …
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Rebalancing

Rebalancing Strategies There are several rebalancing strategies that are often utilized by retail and institutional traders alike. Calendar rebalancing: analyze the investment holdings within the portfolio at predetermined time intervals and adjust to the original allocation at a desired frequency.…
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Understanding the Strategy Block

The Strategy Block is used to define the stock and option strategies to trade.  Using the Strategy Block, you can trade a variety of supported  stock and option strategies, including but not limited to: Long / Short stock Covered Call…
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Does Size REALLY Matter?

It’s an age-old question asked by men and women all over the world: Does size really matter? When trading,  it matters a lot!  Size Does Matter in the Markets! Position sizing could very well be the most important aspect of…
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Broken Wing Butterflies

Tasty-Trade recently published a video episode on trading broken-wing butterflies and unbalanced butterflies. In their episode, they recommended the following strategies for trading Broken Wing Butterflies: Enter into a 1x(-2)x1 Broken Wing Butterfly. 45 Days To Expiration (DTE) No Costs…
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All About Volatility

There are several measures of volatility. (Historical Volatility, Implied Volatility, Average True Range, Bollinger Bands, etc..) The first is the actual volatility of the stock. This is seen in the HistoricalVolatility, which can be measured over any time frame but…