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Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Option Workshop, version 17.6.1515

In this update, we’ve added several improvements:

  • Changes in the Positions manager:

    • Copying a strategy with all fills
    • A new Mnns (moneyness) column that shows the option status: in the money, at the money, out of the money
    • A new Risks tab. Now the tab shows only the total number of underlying contracts to be settled if in the money options expire right now. In the next updates, we plan to add more useful information about strategy in this tab
  • Changes in the Charts form:

    • The ability to bind the Charts form with the active (selected) strategy in the Positions manager. The form will show a chart for the currently selected strategy in the Position manager
    • The ability to display the P&L chart taking the commission for the fills into account
  • In the Option Desk, the bid and ask cells are now highlighted if the best bid/ask price is higher/lower than the theoretical price.

  • In the new version, you can add contracts to the market maker by dragging a position or a strategy into the market maker setting form.

You can read more about these and other changes in this article.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Bear Call Spread

Strategy name and alternative names

Bear Call Spread. An alternative name is Credit Call Spread.

Main characteristics

Bearish position. It is a vertical spread involving an equal number of long and short calls on the same underlying asset and with the same expiration date. It is a credit spread, which means you receive money to put on the position. The strategy profits as long as the price of the underlying security remains below the breakeven point.

Options used in the combination

Sell to open one at-the-money (ATM) call and simultaneously buy to open one out-of-the money (OTM) call. The strike price of the short call is below that of the long call. The advantage of this spread is that it benefits from time decay and provides an immediate inflow of cash. The maximum gain and loss on the spread are very limited and well defined.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Option Workshop, version 17.3.1431

We prepared a major update for Option Workshop. Many new features have been added to help our users trade efficiently.

There are two new tabs in the Positions manager:

  • Orders – contains orders that are linked to selected strategy. On this form, you can place or cancel orders, and shift orders one step up or down from the midmarket price.
  • Notes – contains text comments about the selected strategy. You can write comments on any strategy. Notes are displayed when you hover the cursor over the strategy name.

In the new version, you can change the position’s opening price, set the commission for the exchange/underlying assets/option series/futures, display the IV curves for several pricing models simultaneously, etc. We will discuss these and other features in this article.

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Monday, 02 January 2017

Top dividend-paying precious-metal stocks – these dividends could triple!

Looking for protection against inflation or recession while getting paid to wait? Here are a few options to seriously consider.

The case for buying precious-metals and miners was recently made here, and now it is time to share our favorite trades.

Gold has been like a kite caught in an unrelenting storm for the past 10 years; flying to extremes ($1900) on wind streams of economic collapse, monetary expansion and Brexit then dovetailing lower on Wall Street’s sporadic hopes of normalization. For the better part of the last 4 years, Gold has been consolidating and trending lower but with Donald Trump about to usurp the throne, the glory days may soon return with a vengeance.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

One Easy fix for traders getting stopped out too early or cutting profits too soon…

If you’ve traded actively for at least a few months or years, you’ll know all too often the agony that comes with getting stopped out of a position and immediately, the trade takes off. A similar but lesser form of agony is felt when a trade has hit your price target and you proudly sell your position. Except, it keeps going and going…

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Monday, 05 December 2016

Option Workshop, version 16.12.1307

In our new version, we have changed the principle of pricing models setting. Now the model is defined as a pair of a computation model (Black, Black-Scholes or Cox-Ross-Rubinstein) and volatility model. You can create multiple models for each series of options and customize them in different ways.

In the volatility model settings, you can specify custom volatility values. Also, we have added a user-defined model line on volatility skew built from custom values in the pricing model settings.

Also, there are a few small changes in the positions table, technical support form, etc.

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Friday, 02 December 2016

Day trading options

The term “day trading” assumes that a trader opens and closes positions within a single trading session and doesn’t take positions overnight.

Also, when talking about day trading, people generally think of instruments such as – equities, ETFs and futures. Not options.

However, let’s analyze whether we can use options for day trading and, if so, we should consider how to adjust trading styles and which nuances to focus on while trading options within such a short time frame.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Development plan of Option Workshop in October/November

After the release we have received some good suggestions for program improvement. Thank you for your response. Thus, the development plan of Option Workshop in October/November:

  1. Show the open interest volume in the Option Desk.
  2. Display the theoretical price in the Order book.
  3. Add the ability to change the option type of the modeled position.
  4. Add standard strategy templates.
  5. Add the ability to include an underlying asset to the strategies templates.
  6. Add the option to change the update rate of the data exported via DDE.
  7. Improve the volatility charts.
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