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Option LEAPS

LEAPS have nothing to do with how high a basketball player can jump, or anything a frog does, or even those crazy years that come along every four years when February has 29 days.

Option LEAPS are simply options that have a long life span, usually a year or more.  There is no precise time period for when an option is called a LEAP, but the one-year lifespan is generally accepted to be about when it starts.

An option might start out being a LEAP, but over time as there are fewer months remaining until it expires, it is no longer called a LEAP.

LEAPS is an acronym for Long-term Equity AnticiPationS. Most LEAPS expire in January, but in the past few years, additional long-term months have been offered for many underlying stocks.

One of the most popular use of LEAPS is as the long side in a calendar spread.  A person buys a LEAP which goes down very slowly in value and simultaneously sells someone else a short-term option at the same strike price which goes down much faster in value.  For a free report on how calendar spreads work, go to How to Make 70% a Year With Calendar Spreads.

Terry's Tips Stock Options Trading Blog

July 29, 2014

3% a Week Possible With This Strategy?

Today I would like to share a strategy with you that seems to make sense to me. I have not back-tested it, and I am not exactly positive that it will work. But I think it will. And I will only need to commit $1500 to test it out (actually, a little less than that as you will see). I invite you to follow along if you wish. For the next few weeks, I will send out any trades I make so you can mirror them if you wish.

My gut feeling tells me that this strategy could make 3% each week. I have set up a separate brokerage account with $1500 to test it out.

Terry

3% a Week Possible With This Strategy? This strategy is based on my favorite . . .

July 21, 2014

Finding Lessons in a Trade

Last week I told you about a bullish short-term bet we made on SVXY because the stock had dropped over $3 in the previous week (and historically, 4 out of 5 times when that happened earlier this year, the stock rose at least $3 in the subsequent week). We placed an order to sell half the calls if they had doubled in price, and that occurred on Tuesday. On Thursday, volatility soared due to the plane being shot down over Ukraine and Israel invading Gaza. It looked like we would just break even on the trade since we had recovered the initial investment, but then, on Friday, the stock rallied $6 and we were able to sell the remaining half for enough to give us a 32% gain on the trade. Not as much as we had originally hoped, but a gain of any sort is always welcome.

Terry

Finding Lessons in a Trade

The big lesson from our experience last week, one that we have had many times, is that there is . . .

July 14, 2014

A Possible Great Option Trading Idea

Just before the close on Friday, we made a strongly bullish trade on our favorite underlying stock in a portfolio at Terry’s Tips. In my personal account, I bought weekly calls on this same underlying. As I write this in the pre-market on Monday, it looks like that bet could triple in value this week.

I would like to share with you the thinking behind these trades so next time this opportunity comes up (and it surely will in the near future), you might decide to take advantage of it yourself.

Terry

A Possible Great Option Trading Idea: As we have discussed recently, option prices are . . .

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