Stocks & Commodities V. 34:01 (30–31): Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

Stocks & Commodities V. 34:01 (30–31): Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile
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Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile


Why not just buy a straddle into an earnings report, attempting to profit on either side?

While this sounds like a great idea, it is not always the case. This month, I want to review straddles but in particular, I want to show you when not to use one. The straddle is a nondirectional strategy in which you buy an at-the-money call and put with the same strike price and expiration date. The combined cost of this option strategy is double what it would cost to simply take a side, but it’s also a nondirectional view. This sounds simple and I think this covers the basics of it. I’ll show you an example of buying a straddle just before earnings, with none other than one of the most popular companies in the world,, Inc. (AMZN)...

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