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Investing with Options

Today’s market activity feels a lot like the day before and the day before and so on.  Without a resolution it is going to be tough for the market to get a breeze.  Besides AAPL moving around intraday things are really stuck in the mud.  Whatever I end up doing has to get past the current sideways slosh about that passes for market activity these days.  At this point I am interested in adding some longs to my portfolio but what to buy and where?

A Rally Doesn't Mean IV will Fall

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I am a huge fan of being short premium.  I like the covered call, and the 1 by 2 front spread. I like call spreads as well...if the product can be sold at a good level, I am a fan.  As with all trades, before I enter, I do some modeling in my head as to what will happen to the position under a given set of scenarios.  Generally speaking, one that I pay little attention to is IV rallying and the underlying rallying at the sometime.  However, that doesn’t mean it can't happen.  A classic example is what is going on with AAPL right now.

The Other Greek

In a conversation between one of my more experience option mentoring students and one of my less experienced students, they discussed whether a long

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