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Thomson Reuters sought out Guru Donavan Shapray’s Ascent Option Spreads and 800 Option to be a Partner

and an Option Spread Educator for their worldwide established paying clientele.

Billionaire Charles Schwab personally woo-ed and recruited Donavan Shapray to be

his National Options Manager for world renown Charles Schwab and Company brokerage.

Donavan Shapray started out playing college football. He has a passion for seeing his teammates succeed.

When Donavan started trading in the stock market, he struggled with the traditional problems of buying stock and just hoping it goes up like most investors are told. He sought out a better way through the very best forms of Options trading after sorting through the many strategies that are just plain frustrating like buying covered calls and strategies that involve Margin – which he thinks is even more frustrating.

He then applied this sports strategic sense to picking competitive winning stocks and pairing those picks with the very best and most sensible Options strategies. Donavan finds great enjoyment from picking winners in sports and the Stock Options Market.

Applying his team picking skills, Donavan is the newly announced *2015* NFL Fantasy Football league Trophy Champ and for the last 5 years in a row.

This parallels his stock picking skills.

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Steve Atwater, Defensive star of the Denver Broncos football team, and two time Superbowl champion, is a mentored personal student of Donavan’s Option trading strategies.

ABC is Always Be Covered, and that’s the happiest place to be in the Stock Options Market, rather than being “naked” as it’s referred to in the trader’s lingo.

Donavan has designed and build futuristic homes and he feels that there is a beauty in architectural geometry that appeals to his sense of practical construction and bringing ordered sense in how to trade Options. He cares about solid homes and the life that can provide for families, just like he cares about solid Options trading strategies. He applied the many principles in the lessons he learned in the trial and error of home design and construction, to the Options market as he sought out safe foundation strategies that are easy to teach and understand and enable his students to live happier and more prosperous lives that support their loved ones.

Tom Sosnoff, founder of Think or Swim, paid on an on-going basis to spread the clear word of Donavan Shapray’s best-selling Option Trading book through the Wall Street Journal because Donavan’s way of teaching Options is super clear and easy to understand for the beginner trader, and has super valuable nuances for the advanced trader.

Researching and analyzing corporate dynamics is satisfying work – and when you find a resource that has the experience to comprehend today’s market fluctuations, you grab it. Quite a number of Teenagers like Syed Ibtihaj Farooq are trading Options and making money – and running circles around your average adult investor because many adults have not been taught to use Options properly.

But if you’re not as motivated as a teenager, you’re not ready to work with these kinds of results. Stick to your mutual funds.

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Q. Why should I invest in Call Calendar Spreads vs buying the stock itself?

A. The stock purchase requires much larger investment and much greater risk and much lower ROI.

Before you buy or sell options, you need a strategy. Understanding how options work in your portfolio will help you choose an options strategy.

Choose the Right Strategy

A benefit of options is the flexibility they offer. They can complement portfolios in many different ways. It’s worth taking the time to identify a goal that suits you and your financial plan. Once you’ve chosen a goal, you’ll have narrowed the range of strategies to use. As with any type of investment, only some of the strategies will be appropriate for your objective.

A particular strategy is successful only if it helps you meet your investment goals. For example, if you hope to increase the income you receive from your stocks, you’ll choose a different strategy from an investor who wants to lock in a purchase price for a stock they’d like to own.

Start Simple

Some options strategies, such as writing covered calls, are relatively simple to understand and execute. Complicated strategies such as spreads and collars require two or more opening transactions. Investors often use these strategies to limit the risk associated with options, but they may also limit potential return. When you limit risk, there is usually a trade-off.

Simple options strategies are usually the way to begin investing with options. By mastering simple strategies, you’ll prepare yourself for advanced options trading. In general, more complicated options strategies are appropriate only for experienced investors.

Stay Focused

Once you’ve decided on an appropriate options strategy, it’s important to stay focused. That might seem obvious, but the fast pace of the options market and the complicated nature of certain transactions make it difficult for some inexperienced investors to stick to their plan.

If it seems the market or underlying security isn’t moving in the predicted direction, it’s possible to minimize your losses by exiting early. However, it’s also possible to miss a future beneficial change in direction. That’s why many experts recommend that you designate an exit strategy or cut-off point in advance, and hold firm. For example, if you plan to sell a covered call, you might decide that if the option moves 20% in-the-money before expiration, the loss you’d face if the option were exercised and assigned to you is unacceptable. If it moves only 10% in-the-money, you’d be confident that there remains enough chance of it moving out-of-the-money to make it worth the potential loss.

This answers the questions of most experienced option investors

If you are Bullish?

These are Bullish Strategies!

Call Spread

This strategy consists of buying one call option and selling another at a higher strike price to help pay the cost. The spread generally profits if the stock price moves higher, just as a regular long call strategy would, up to the point where the short call caps further gains.

Bull Put Spread

A bull put spread is a limited-risk-limited-reward strategy, consisting of a short put option and a long put option with a lower strike. This spread generally profits if the stock price holds steady or rises.

Cash-Backed Call

This strategy allows an investor to purchase stock at the lower of strike price or market price during the life of the option.

Cash-Secured Put

The cash-secured put involves writing a put option and simultaneously setting aside the cash to buy the stock if assigned. If things go as hoped, it allows an investor to buy the stock at a price below its current market value.

The investor must be prepared for the possibility that the put won’t be assigned. In that case, the investor simply keeps the interest on the T-Bill and the premium received for selling the put option.

Collar

The investor adds a collar to an existing long stock position as a temporary, slightly less-than-complete hedge against the effects of a possible near-term decline. The long put strike provides a minimum selling price for the stock, and the short call strike sets a maximum price.

Covered Call

This strategy consists of writing a call that is covered by an equivalent long stock position. It provides a small hedge on the stock and allows an investor to earn premium income, in return for temporarily forfeiting much of the stock’s upside potential.

Covered Ratio Spread

This strategy profits if the underlying stock moves up to, but not above, the strike price of the short calls.  Beyond that, the profit is eroded and then hits a plateau.

Covered Strangle

This strategy is appropriate for a stock considered to be fairly valued.  The investor has a long stock position and is willing to sell the stock if it goes higher or buy more of the stock if it goes lower.

Long Call

This strategy consists of buying a call option. It is a candidate for investors who want a chance to participate in the underlying stock’s expected appreciation during the term of the option. If things go as planned, the investor will be able to sell the call at a profit at some point before expiration.

Long Ratio Call Spread

The initial cost to initiate this strategy is rather low, and may even earn a credit, but the upside potential is unlimited.  The basic concept is for the total delta of the two long calls to roughly equal the delta of the single short call.  If the underlying stock only moves a little, the change in value of the option position will be limited.  But if the stock rises enough to where the total delta of the two long calls approaches 200 the strategy acts like a long stock position.

Long Stock

This strategy is simple. It consists of acquiring stock in anticipation of rising prices. The gains, if there are any, are realized only when the asset is sold. Until that time, the investor faces the possibility of partial or total loss of the investment, should the stock lose value.

In some cases the stock may generate dividend income.

In principle, this strategy imposes no fixed timeline. However, special circumstances could delay or accelerate an exit. For example, a margin purchase is subject to margin calls at any time, which could force a quick sale unexpectedly.

Naked Put

A naked put involves writing a put option without the reserved cash on hand to purchase the underlying stock.

This strategy entails a great deal of risk and relies on a steady or rising stock price. It does best if the option expires worthless.

Protective Put

This strategy consists of adding a long put position to a long stock position. The protective put establishes a ‘floor’ price under which investor’s stock value cannot fall.

If the stock keeps rising, the investor benefits from the upside gains. Yet no matter how low the stock might fall, the investor can exercise the put to liquidate the stock at the strike price.

Short Ratio Put Spread

This strategy can profit from a slightly falling stock price, or from a rising stock price.  The actual behavior of the strategy depends largely on the delta, theta and vega of the combined position as well as whether a debit is paid or a credit received when initiating the position.

Synthetic Long Stock

This strategy is essentially a long futures position on the underlying stock. The long call and the short put combined simulate a long stock position. The net result entails the same risk/reward profile, though only for the term of the option: unlimited potential for appreciation, and large (though limited) risk should the underlying stock fall in value.

If you are Bearish

Bear Call Spread

A bear call spread is a limited-risk-limited-reward strategy, consisting of one short call option and one long call option. This strategy generally profits if the stock price holds steady or declines.

The most it can generate is the net premium received at the outset. If the forecast is wrong and the stock rallies instead, the losses grow only until long call caps the amount.

Cash-Backed Call

This strategy allows an investor to purchase stock at the lower of strike price or market price during the life of the option.

Cash-Secured Put

The cash-secured put involves writing a put option and simultaneously setting aside the cash to buy the stock if assigned. If things go as hoped, it allows an investor to buy the stock at a price below its current market value.

The investor must be prepared for the possibility that the put won’t be assigned. In that case, the investor simply keeps the interest on the T-Bill and the premium received for selling the put option.

Collar

The investor adds a collar to an existing long stock position as a temporary, slightly less-than-complete hedge against the effects of a possible near-term decline. The long put strike provides a minimum selling price for the stock, and the short call strike sets a maximum price.

Covered Call

This strategy consists of writing a call that is covered by an equivalent long stock position. It provides a small hedge on the stock and allows an investor to earn premium income, in return for temporarily forfeiting much of the stock’s upside potential.

Covered Put

This strategy is used to arbitrage a put that is overvalued because of its early-exercise feature.  The investor simultaneously sells an in-the-money put at its intrinsic value and shorts the stock, and then invests the proceeds in an instrument earning the overnight interest rate.  When the option is exercised, the position liquidates at breakeven, but the investor keeps the interest earned.

Covered Ratio Spread

This strategy profits if the underlying stock moves up to, but not above, the strike price of the short calls.  Beyond that, the profit is eroded and then hits a plateau.

Covered Strangle

This strategy is appropriate for a stock considered to be fairly valued.  The investor has a long stock position and is willing to sell the stock if it goes higher or buy more of the stock if it goes lower.

Long Put Calendar Spread

This strategy combines a longer-term bearish outlook with a near-term neutral/bullish outlook.  If the stock remains steady or rises during the life of the near-term option, it will expire worthless and leave the investor owning the longer-term option.  If both options have the same strike price, the strategy will always require paying a premium to initiate the position.

Long Put Condor

This strategy profits if the underlying security is between the two short put strikes at expiration.

Naked Call

This strategy consists of writing an uncovered call option. It profits if the stock price holds steady or declines, and does best if the option expires worthless.

Naked Put

A naked put involves writing a put option without the reserved cash on hand to purchase the underlying stock.

This strategy entails a great deal of risk and relies on a steady or rising stock price. It does best if the option expires worthless.

Protective Put

This strategy consists of adding a long put position to a long stock position. The protective put establishes a ‘floor’ price under which investor’s stock value cannot fall.

If the stock keeps rising, the investor benefits from the upside gains. Yet no matter how low the stock might fall, the investor can exercise the put to liquidate the stock at the strike price.

Short Condor

This strategy profits if the underlying stock is inside the inner wings at expiration.

Short Iron Butterfly

This strategy profits if the underlying stock is inside the wings of the iron butterfly at expiration.

Short Straddle

This strategy involves selling a call option and a put option with the same expiration and strike price. It generally profits if the stock price and volatility remain steady.

Short Strangle

This strategy profits if the stock price and volatility remain steady during the life of the options.

Short Ratio Call Spread

This strategy can profit from a steady stock price, or from a falling implied volatility.  The actual behavior of the strategy depends largely on the delta, theta and Vega of the combined position as well as whether a debit is paid or a credit received when initiating the position.

Synthetic Long Stock

This strategy is essentially a long futures position on the underlying stock. The long call and the short put combined simulate a long stock position. The net result entails the same risk/reward profile, though only for the term of the option: unlimited potential for appreciation, and large (though limited) risk should the underlying stock fall in value.

 

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