Stock Insurance OR Portfolio Insurance – Revisited

With the addition of new and interesting securities to help hedge a stock portfolio, the question arises more and more: ‘Is it better to insure my stock directly or use a different hedge to insure my portfolio?’

This is a very important question which has many components to it. During a PowerOptions Open Forum Webinar on January 14th, 2014 this question was posed. The actual question was: Continue reading

MORNING UPDATE: PriceWatch Alerts for BA, TSLA, AAPL, and More…

MORNING UPDATE: PriceWatch Alerts for BA, TSLA, AAPL, and More…

February, 11 9:00 AM ET – PriceWatch Alerts for BA, ATVI, MNST,
TGT, YPF, TSLA, DISH, BLK, MMM, RIG, AAPL, NPSP, GM, X, Market
Overview, News Leaders and Laggards, Today’s Economic Calendar,
and Index Support & Resistance Levels.

PriceWatch Alerts for BA, ATVI, MNST, TGT, YPF, TSLA, DISH, BLK,
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Weekly Options Crash Course for Options Expirations

When the weeklies were initially offered on standard stocks, you would have only the next week out option. The new option would be released on Thursday morning prior the current weekly option expiring on Friday.

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3 Quick Tips to Find Weekly Naked Put Options on PowerOptions

When I create a Search for Weekly options I start by:

Click ‘Clear These Settings’. This will empty all the filter settings.

Select ‘All Weeklies’ as your Options Expiration Time Frame.

In the ‘Days to Expiration’ filter field enter a range of ’2′ to ’9′. This will filter out the options that have 1 day left to expiration but include the ones that expire 8 days away and will work for any day that you run your search.

Enter in basic criteria for premium and return. Examples (not suggestions :-) ):

  • Option Bid 0.15 to ____ (or your preference)
  • % Naked Yield 0.5 to ___
  • % Out of Money 0.5 to ___ (or 1 to blank)
  • Earnings Date – Not Between Now and Expiration

Remember to keep your search criteria simple and basic at first when looking for weekly options.

Once you submit that search you should see your desired results. You can now start to further filter the results based on your own stock criteria and option criteria, or increase the range OTM or premium you’d like to pull in.

In addition to that we have a default ‘Weekly Naked Put Search’ that is available in the ‘Search Settings Saved As’ drop-down menu. This search includes All Weeklies, but anyone can quickly alter that Search by adding in the ’2 to 9′ Days to expiration and then add in their own search criteria.

‘Signature Tools’ Tab Added to PowerOptions Navigation

PowerOptions has added many great tools for options traders over the years. Not all of them perfectly fit into the “strategy” navigation theme that we use. As a result, some of the best tools we offer have been obscured from obvious use. Our latest update to the site has been to gather up all of these tools and put them in one place for easy access. – The SIGNATURE TOOLS tab…

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Filter for MACD added to the PowerOptions Search

A new filter for MACD has been added to the PowerOptions Search tool for all strategies! This new filter (located in the Technicals tab) will allow you to search for stocks where the MACD is above or below the Signal Line and by how many days. You will also be able to screen for stocks where the MACD and Signal Line are above or below the Zero line. This filter will allow you to better screen for stocks with positive or negative momentum.

Can I add old closed positions to my PowerOptions portfolio?

Of course you can! With the PowerOptions portfolio tools you can track any number of positions for any number of accounts. They can be real accounts or paper-trading accounts.

We know that getting your PowerOptions portfolio “caught up” can be a hindrance to starting one at all – but, we strongly suggest that you just jump in and start tracking new trades as you put them on. Don’t worry so much about catching up the portfolio with all of your old trades. The benefit of using the PowerOptions portfolio tools to track your real and paper trades? Continue reading

Timing Investments when Stock Price Crosses a Moving Average

Timing your entry into a position using options is very important because time premium is continually eroding from the position.  Ideally we want to enter a bullish position just as the stock is about to move up.  It is not possible to know in advance when the move will occur, but we can get an early indicator once the move has started.  There are several tools available to help the investor pick the best time to enter a position.  One such tool, which has been recently added to the PowerOptions screener, is the crossing of a stock price above a moving average such as a 20 or 50 day moving average.  Another form of this tool is to use the crossing of the 20 day moving average over the 50 day moving average as a bullish trigger.

Investors will scan charts looking for this type of crossing to trigger a buying opportunity.  They also look for confirming volume as the crossing takes place, however, this effort can be very time consuming.  Using the PowerOptions screener an investor can scan the entire market very quickly to find a first-time stock price crossing of a moving average.  The parameter scanning form in PowerOptions to capture the moving average crossing is very simple to use: Continue reading

Portfolio Tools offer Trade Management Ideas

Have you been using the PowerOptions Portfolio tools to help track and manage your options positions? If not, now is a great time to start!

PowerOptions free trial users and subscribers can enter new positions into the Portfolio directly from the patented Search tools or manually with just a few clicks. Some basic features of the Portfolio tools to help you better track and manage your positions are:

  • Profit and Loss Portfolio tool tracks your current positions as linked trades – meaning your covered call position will have the stock and call option linked together rather than separately.
  • View Original Expected Gain vs. Liquidation Value vs. Future Expiration Value for the entire position, not just the individual leg. Continue reading

Nuts and Bolts of Option Trading Tools

Option investing can often be like “finding a needle in a haystack” – an investor knows there are good option trades out there, but finding them amongst the gazillion other “not-so-hot” option trades can be very difficult.  That why over the last ten years or so PowerOptions has been developing tools to help option traders find “needles in the haystack” with less effort and with less time required.

In addition to developing option trading technology, PowerOptions has also been actively patenting its option investment related technology.  PowerOptions’ latest issued patent may be viewed at this link.

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