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Options Trading and Market Volatility

Volatility is one of the most important factors in an option's price. It measures the amount by which an underlying asset is expected to fluctuate in a given period of time. It significantly impacts the price of an option's premium and heavily contributes to an option's time value. In basic terms, volatility can be viewed as the speed of change in the market, although you may prefer to think of it as market confusion. The more confused a market is, the better chance an option has of ending up in-the-money. A stable market moves slowly.

Volatility measures the speed of change in the price of the underlying instrument or the option. The higher the volatility, the more chance an option has of becoming profitable by expiration. That's why volatility is a primary determinant in the valuation of options' premiums. There are options strategies that can be used to take advantage of either scenario.


Market Indicators

Index Last %
NYSE 6,153.90 +0.18
NASDAQ 1,968.80 +0.44
AMEX 1,113.88 -0.29
DJI 9,930.82 +0.58
DJT 2,938.02 -0.05
DJU 253.52 +0.54
Nasdaq 100 1,432.38 +0.89
S&P; 100 527.56 +0.60
S&P; 500 1,069.72 +0.47
S&P; 400 567.26 -0.35
S&P; 600 264.79 -0.19

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