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thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade (thinkorswim) - Online broker specializing in stock options – Excellent software-based Options platform. Our choice as the absolute best broker for option trading.
Chicago, IL (866) 839-1100 www.thinkorswim.com

This Chicago brokerage firm with the unlikely name thinkorswim, Inc. by TD Ameritrade is our clear choice as the best of all option-friendly brokers. For openers, they have absolutely the best software. For several years, I paid over $250 a month for a service delivering real-time complete (bid-asked prices, sizes, volume, Greeks, etc.) options chain screens – it comes free at thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade, along with dozens of other software programs for the serious option trader. Even more important, our experience has shown that thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade achieves consistently better spread executions than any other broker we could find – these could save an active trader thousands of dollars each year. You may select any of several commission schedules which are equal to (or lower) than the rates charged at OptionsXpress (and other discount option brokers). But perhaps the biggest reason of all to choose thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade is their superior level of personal service – you can always talk to a real person, and there is no extra charge for orders placed on the phone. I believe that there is no good reason to choose any other broker for option trading than thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade. I am not the only person who feels this way - Barron's* ranked thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade as the #1 web-based online broker in 2006 and 2007.

*thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade firm was evaluated versus others in eight total categories including investment types that can be traded, the quality of screeners provided to sort through stocks, options, or funds, the consumer-friendliness of trading screens, overall ease-of-use and ability to be customized. thinkorswim topped the list with the highest weighted average score.

thinkorswim Disclaimer:  thinkorswim, Division of TD AMERITRADE, Inc. and Terry's Tips, Inc. are separate, unaffiliated companies and are not responsible for each other's services and products.

 


Options Graphing Software

Terrys Tips Stock Options and Trading Report

There are many options graphing software packages out there, most of which do far more than the average investor would ever need. Of course, they cost too much as well. I have found one package that I absolutely love. It does everything I want (and lots more), and is very inexpensive. Most of all, it's easy to use. What I like best about it is that once you enter your positions, you click an update button, and the current market prices are looked up for you, and the graph updated.

Each week, for each of our portfolios, I create a Risk Profile Graph like this:

risk profile terrystips.com

(Note:  This graph was created on July 25, 2009 when the Boomer’s Revenge portfolio was worth about $9,500 and the stock, SPY, was trading at $99.)

This graph lets me know what profit or loss will result from my current positions at the next expiration at each stock price. I can see that the portfolio will make about a 15% profit in a single month if the stock lands anywhere between $100 and $104 in four weeks and there will be a gain at any SPY price between $94 and $108, a range of 14 points. The graph gives me a visual reading on my risk at different stock price scenarios, and helps me decide if I should make an adjustment. Of course, I can enter the several different possible adjustments and examine the graph with those new positions before I make the actual trades.

You can purchase the Excel Option Calculator software here. It was written by a smart young man who lives in Argentina. The price is only $57.90. If you enter the Discount Code TT36, he will take off $5.00 for people who found this software through Terry’s Tips .  With this code, your net cost will be only $52.90.  I recommend it highly, and use it every day myself.


Traders Accounting

Highly recommended tax experts specializing in online trading – well versed in options

Bellevue, Washington
(800) 938-9513
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Traders Accounting comes highly recommended from many folks, including Terry’s Tips subscribers. They provide tax consulting, entity formation and 401(k) services that help you efficiently establish and maintain your trading business. Terry’s Tips customers receive $75.00 off their Tax Secrets for Traders: Home Study Course as well as discounts on other services.


Making 36% – A Duffer's Guide to Breaking Par in the Market Every Year in Good Years and Bad

Making 36%: Duffer's Guide to Breaking Par in the Market Every Year in Good Years and Bad

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CBOE – Chicago Board Options Exchange

Best of all educational resources for stock options

Complete education program, list of option symbols, LEAPS, volatilities, Black-Scholes calculation module, everything you could ever need for learning about stock options. Create your own home page. Everything's free! http://www.cboe.com/Home/

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May 23, 2016

How To Protect Yourself Against a Market Crash With Options

Today’s idea is a little complicated, but it involves an important part of any prudent investment strategy. Market crashes do come along every once in a while, and we are eight years away from the last one in 2008. What will happen to your nest egg if it happens again this year?

Options can be a good form of market crash insurance, and it is possible to set up a strategy that might even make a small gain if the crash doesn’t come along. That possibility sets it apart from most forms of insurance which cost you out-of-pocket money if the calamity you insure against doesn’t occur.

Terry

How To Protect Yourself Against a Market Crash With Options

There are some strong indications that the old adage “Sell in May and Go Away” might be the appropriate move right now. Goldman Sachs has downgraded its outlook on equities to "neutral" over the next 12 months, saying there's no particular reason to own them. "Until we see sustained signals of growth recovery, we do not feel comfortable taking equity risk, particularly as valuations are near peak levels," the firm said in a research note.

For several months, Robert Shiller has been warning that the market is seriously overvalued by his unique method of measuring prices against long-term average p/e’s. George Soros is keeping the bears happy as well, doubling his wager against the S&P 500. The billionaire investor, who has been warning that the 2008 financial crisis could be repeated due to China's economic slowdown, bought 2.1M-share "put" options in SPY during Q1. The magnitude of his bet against SPY is phenomenal, essentially 200 million shares short. Of course, he almost always deals in stratospheric numbers, but the size of this bet indicates that he feels pretty strongly about this one. He didn’t become a billionaire by being on the wrong side of market bets.

So what can you do to protect yourself against a big tumble in the market? We are setting up a bearish . . .

May 17, 2016

How Option Prices are Determined

Today I would like to pass along some basic information about how stock options prices are determined. I have discussed this in the past, but we now have many new subscribers who may not have seen our earlier blogs. I apologize if this is old information for you.

Terry

How Option Prices are Determined

Of course, the market ultimately determines the price of any option as buyers bid and sellers ask at various prices. Usually, they meet somewhere in the middle and a price is determined. This buying and selling action is generally not based on some pie-in-the-sky notion of value, but is soundly grounded on some mathematical considerations.

There are 5 components that determine the value of an option:

1. The price of the underlying stock

May 11, 2016

An Options Play on Facebook Which Should Make 50% in 60 Days

Today I would like to suggest an options trade on Facebook (FB). It will involve waiting 6 weeks to close out. Many option players have short attention spans and don’t like to wait that long. On the other hand, I think this trade has a very high likelihood of making a profit of at least 50%, even if the stock fluctuates more than we might like. To my way of thinking, it should be worth the wait, especially since I think that there is a very small likelihood that this play would end up losing money.

Terry

An Options Play on Facebook Which Should Make 50% in 60 Days

Over the past month I have suggested legging into calendar spreads in advance of an earnings announcement for 7 different companies (FB, COST, TWX, TGT, SBUX, and JNJ, and ABBV). In every case, I was personally successful at creating a calendar spread at a credit and guaranteeing myself a profit no matter where the stock price ended up after the announcement. You should have been able to duplicate every one of these successes as well. I got a kick out of having 7 consecutive winning trades, some of which made me more than 100% on my amount at risk.

Making 36%

Making 36% – A Duffer's Guide to Breaking Par in the Market Every Year in Good Years and Bad

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