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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.

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February 27, 2015

List of Options Which Trade After Hours (Until 4:15)

I noticed that the value of some of our portfolios was changing after the market for the underlying stock had closed. Clearly, the value of the options was changing after the 4:00 EST close of trading. I did a Google search to find a list of options that traded after hours, and came up pretty empty. But now I have found the list, and will share it with you just in case you want to play for an extra 15 minutes after the close of trading each day.

Terry

List of Options Which Trade After Hours (Until 4:15)

Since option values are derived from the price of the underlying stock or ETP (Exchange Traded Product), once the underlying stops trading, there should be no reason for options to continue trading. However, more and more . . .

February 10, 2015

An Even Better Way to Play Oil With Options

Yesterday I sent you a note describing an interesting way to make some serious money with options, betting that the price of oil will either stabilize or move higher from today’s low levels. Thanks to subscriber Thomas, there is a better underlying out there. Just in case you were planning to place the trades, I thought you should check this one out first.

Terry

An Even Better Way to Play Oil With Options

This is a re-write of yesterday’s letter, except the underlying is USO (another ETF) rather than OIH. The chart for USO is remarkably similar to that of OIH:

There is a distinct advantage to USO, however. The options are far more liquid . . .

February 8, 2015

How to Play Oil Prices With Options

If you are anything like me, I have enjoyed filling up my car lately. It almost seems too good to be true. How long do you think gas prices will stay this low? I figure that the price is more likely to move higher from here than it is to move lower, but I could be wrong. It seems like a prudent bet would be that it won’t move much lower from here, and that the price of oil is more likely to stay the same or move higher over the next year. If either scenario (flat or up) is true, you can easily double your money using options. Today I will show you one way that might be accomplished.

Terry

How to Play Oil Prices With Options

If you want to bet on higher oil prices, you might consider . . .

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