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Trading Calendars and Diagonals

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Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before deciding to invest in options.

Calendars and Diagonals are low implied volatility strategies -- the type of environment that we are currently in.

More specifically:

  • Calendar Spreads look to sell one option and buy another with the same strike and type with the only difference being the expiration cycle.
  • Diagonals are very similar to calendars, with the difference being they have directional bias with an "embedded" vertical spread.

Both strategies are long vega. This means that increases in implied volatility have a positive impact on the profitability of the strategy. For more information, watch the segment and see what Tom and Tony have to say about the strategies.

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