Diversifying a Short Options Portfolio

Diversifying a Short Options Portfolio

A previous installment of The Ryan & Beef Show provided helpful guidance on how short premium traders can diversify their portfolios. Traders looking to reduce volatility in their P/L should find this information very helpful...

Does the Skew Index Have Predictive Value?

Does the Skew Index Have Predictive Value?

Previous research conducted by tastytrade suggested that the Skew Index can help traders when evaluating potential opportunities. Today’s post highlights new research on the Skew Index, which builds on those learnings...

The Silver Lining in 5% Corrections

The Silver Lining in 5% Corrections

When equity indices correct by 5% it can sometimes feel like the storm clouds have settled in above us. However, research conducted by tastytrade suggests there may be a silver lining when these conditions materialize...

Rates, Treasuries, and Recessions

Rates, Treasuries, and Recessions

Long-term interest rates have been plunging, which has stoked new fears about the state of the US economy. Today’s post provides more context on recent market activity, and things to watch going forward...

Digital Iron Curtain Adds More Bytes

Digital Iron Curtain Adds More Bytes

The trade war between the United States and China appears to have morphed into a technology war in recent weeks. A key question going forward is whether a trade agreement, even a comprehensive one, could address all points of contention between the two countries.

Market Corrections: Short Premium vs. Buy & Hold

Market Corrections: Short Premium vs. Buy & Hold

New research conducted by tastytrade illustrates that the “buy and hold” approach may not be as safe as you think it is - especially during a correction. Read on to learn more about how this approach has compared historically to selling premium - during some of the most volatile trading conditions in recent history...

Trade War: Soybeans and Farmers Getting Crushed

Trade War: Soybeans and Farmers Getting Crushed

Soybeans have taken a beating during the trade war, and recent price action suggests the pain is far from over. Read on to learn more about potential trading opportunities in agricultural futures...

Tracking Breakeven Ranges When Volatility Pops

Tracking Breakeven Ranges When Volatility Pops

New research from tastytrade highlights historical data in SPY which helps illustrate how breakeven ranges widen considerably when volatility increases. Moreover, the data also indicated that expansions in “actual volatility” tend to be more muted in comparison...



Diversifying with Options on Futures

Diversifying with Options on Futures

Futures and associated options can help diversify your portfolio. Today’s post provides more information on these derivatives and associated markets...

Metals: Don't Overlook Platinum and Copper

Metals: Don't Overlook Platinum and Copper

If you are looking for new trading ideas, today’s post highlights fresh tastytrade research on platinum and copper. These are two metals that share a high price correlation with gold and silver...

Game of Tariffs

Game of Tariffs

The trade war “truce” between the United States and China may be ending, but does that really matter? Read on to learn more...

IV Rank Extravaganza

IV Rank Extravaganza

Implied volatility is mostly an arbitrary number without the insight provided by IV Rank. Read on to learn more about the practical application of this vital measurement.

Buying Power: What Affects It?

Buying Power: What Affects It?

Today’s post provides important context on several factors that impact buying power in investment accounts. Read on to learn more...

Portfolio Hedging: New Insights

Portfolio Hedging: New Insights

Beta-weighted portfolio hedging may be something to consider if you are looking for added protection and reduced volatility in your P/L. Read on to learn more...

Fresh Insights on Retail "Vol Arb"

Fresh Insights on Retail "Vol Arb"

Volatility arbitrage entails buying and selling premium, in approximately equal proportion. Today’s post provides further insights on “vol arb” for retail traders.