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Three ways to build a butterfly spread
July 18, 2017
Neutral Outlook

Three ways to build a butterfly spread

Martin Noël

A butterfly spread is appropriate when you expect that the price of the underlying asset will remain relatively unchanged and reach a specific target price upon expiration of the options used in the strategy. The following graph illustrates such a situation with shares in BCE Inc., when their price fluctuated within a range of...

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Options Brief- Week of July 17
July 18, 2017
Currency Options

Options Brief- Week of July 17

Montréal Exchange

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you heard that the Bank of Canada (BoC) raised interest rates for the first time in 7 years last week. The overnight rate target was adjusted to 0.75 percent, an increase of 0.25 percent (from 0.5 percent). Citing the statement release from the BoC, «recent data have bolstered the...

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Generating Consistent Income with Covered Calls
July 14, 2017
Concepts

Generating Consistent Income with Covered Calls

Tony Zhang

Generating consistent income with covered calls can be achieved when using a disciplined and methodical approach. It’s important to understand your personal preferences before searching for income opportunities on your portfolio. Choosing expirations that suits your trading frequency and strike prices that fit your risk...

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Options Brief – Week of July 10th
July 10, 2017
Bullish Outlook

Options Brief – Week of July 10th

Montréal Exchange

The airline industry had its share of bad press last week mainly due to the Sunwing incident, but Air Canada still managed to outperform. On Friday, July 7th, its shares price surged to 19.06$, its highest price in the last ten years following a very optimistic Q2 outlook. In the world of options, it represented a great...

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Profiting from a Stock’s Relative Stability over a Given Period of Time
July 04, 2017
Neutral Outlook

Profiting from a Stock’s Relative Stability over a Given Period of Time

Martin Noël

There are three situations in which options can be used to take advantage of changes in the price of an underlying stock: when prices rise, when they fall, and when they enter a relatively stable period. In this article, I will examine how to benefit from a relatively stable stock price. More specifically, we will look at an...

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Demystifying the Black-Scholes formula
June 27, 2017
Concepts

Demystifying the Black-Scholes formula

Martin Noël

The Black-Scholes formula is an option valuation model developed by two academics, Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, who first described it in a 1973 article. The article appeared in the same year that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) was founded, and the model effectively democratized the use of options. Previously,...

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Early Exercise of Options
May 30, 2017
Concepts

Early Exercise of Options

Martin Noël

Holding shares in a company gives the shareholder the following rights:*The right to transfer ownership, *The right to dividends, *Voting rights, and *The right to residual income and assets. What this means is that shareholders are free to sell their shares, take dividends when they are paid, vote at shareholder meetings and...

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Call Put Parity: How to Transform Your Positions
May 17, 2017
Concepts

Call Put Parity: How to Transform Your Positions

Martin Noël

I have been told frequently – and surely so have you – that selling cash-secured puts is a very risky strategy. Haven’t you? The main reason put forward for not using this strategy is that you could be forced to buy the security, even if the company had just gone bankrupt. In this light, the strategy rightly raises fears....

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