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Smart options trading starts with options training.
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The purpose of this ongoing blog is to share my 34 years of trading experiences, with the majority of my trading career spent as a Market Maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. 
If a concentrated stock position represents a large share of an investor’s wealth, then that investor is susceptible to idiosyncratic, or stock specific risk. This is why many investors turn to equity collars as a way to protect their concentrated stock positions in an economically efficient manner.
There is a lot of information that you might be able to extract from an options trade. In this article we will show you what to look for and what it might suggest about the trade.

Many traders hold long or short positions in individual equities and simultaneously trade options ‘around’ those positions.

With so many bullish options strategies to choose from, how do you know which is right for your next trade? In this article, we’ll compare two bullish options strategies in order to assist you with the decision-making process.

For those that are unaware, technical analysis is used as an attempt to forecast future price movement of a given security by examining it’s past price movement.

Schwab's Trading Services Team discusses the potential benefits of trading options.
You’ve likely heard many of the potential dangers associated with the stock market: volatile energy prices, tightening credit conditions, slowing economic growth, inflationary concerns, and the possibility of further Fed interest rate hikes in the coming months. As a prudent investor, how can you help protect the value of your stock portfolio during periods of uncertainty and heightened market volatility?

When I teach options seminars, I like to ask how many participants are brand-new to options. Almost always, about half to three-quarters have never traded an option contract before.

Important Disclosures

Options carry a high level of risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options through Schwab. Please read the options disclosure document titled "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options." Supporting documentation for any claims or statistical information is available upon request.

Multiple-leg options strategies will involve multiple commissions. Covered calls provide downside protection only to the extent of the premium received and limit upside potential to the strike price plus premium received.

Futures trading offered and positions held through Charles Schwab Futures, Inc., a separate but affiliated company of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Both are subsidiaries of The Charles Schwab Corporation. Futures trading involves substantial risk and is not suitable for all investors. Please read Risk Disclosure Statement for Futures and Options.

The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation or personalized investment advice. All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice in reaction to shifting market conditions.

Schwab does not recommend the use of technical analysis as a sole means of investment research.

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