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not verified

You have reached a domain that is pending ICANN verification.

As of January 1, 2014 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will mandate that all ICANN accredited registrars begin verifying the Registrant WHOIS contact information for all new domain registrations and Registrant contact modifications.

Why this domain has been suspended

Email address has not been verified.
This is a new domain registration and the Registrant email address has not been verified.

or

The Registrant contact data for this domain was modified but still requires verification.
Specifically the First Name, Last Name and/or email address have been changed and never verified.

If you're the site owner, reactivate your site

nicht überprüft

Sie haben eine Domäne erreicht, deren ICANN-Verifizierung noch aussteht.

Ab 1. Januar 2014 sind alle ICANN-zugelassenen Registrierungsstellen gemäß der Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) verpflichtet, die WHOIS-Kontaktdaten aller neuen Domänenregistrierungen, sowie Kontaktänderungen der Registranten zu überprüfen.

Warum diese Domäne gesperrt wurde

Die E-Mail-Adresse wurde nicht bestätigt.
Dies ist eine neue Domänenregistrierung und die E-Mail-Adresse des Registranten wurde nicht bestätigt.

oder

Die Kontaktdaten des Registranten für diese Domäne wurden geändert, und müssen noch bestätigt werden.
Insbesondere Vorname, Zuname bzw. E-Mail-Adresse wurden geändert, und wurden bisher noch nicht überprüft.

Wenn Sie Inhaber der Website sind, reaktivieren Sie Ihre Website

no verificado

Usted ha llegado a un dominio que está pendiente de verificación por parte de la ICANN.

A partir del 1 de enero de 2014 la corporación Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) exigirá a todos los registradores acreditados que realicen un procesos de verificación de la información de contacto publicada en el WHOIS, en todos los registros nuevos de dominios y cambios de titular.

Por qué se ha suspendido este dominio

La dirección de correo electrónica no se ha sido validada.
Este es un registro de dominio nuevo y la dirección de correo electrónico del titular registrado no se ha validado.

o

Los datos de contacto del titular registrado para este dominio se modificaron, pero aún están pendiente de ser validados.
Específicamente el primer nombre, apellido y/o correo electrónico han sido cambiados y todavía no han sido validados.

Si usted es el propietario del sitio, reactívelo

non vérifié

Vous êtes sur un domaine en attente de vérification.

À compter du 1er janvier 2014, l'Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) demandera à l'ensemble des bureaux d'enregistrement accrédités par l'ICANN de vérifier les informations de contact WHOIS des titulaires pour tous les nouveaux enregistrements de domaines et toutes les modifications des ces informations.

Pourquoi ce domaine a-t-il été suspendu?

L'adresse de courriel n'a pas été vérifiée.
Il s'agit de l'enregistrement d'un nouveau domaine et l'adresse de courriel du titulaire n'a pas été vérifiée.

ou

Les données de contact du titulaire pour ce domaine ont été modifiées, mais doivent néanmoins être vérifiées.
Spécifiquement, les nom, prénom et/ou adresse de courriel ont été modifiés, mais n'ont jamais été vérifiés.

Si vous êtes le propriétaire du site, réactivez-le.

não verificado

Você chegou a um domínio com verificação ICANN pendente.

Em 1º de janeiro de 2014, a Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) exigirá que todos os registradores certificados pela ICANN comecem a verificar as informações de contato WHOIS do registrante para todos os novos registros de domínio e modificações de contato do registrante.

Por que este domínio foi suspenso

O endereço de email não foi verificado.
Este é um novo registro de domínio e o endereço de email do registrante não foi verificado.

ou

Os dados de contato do registrante para este domínio foram modificados, mas ainda requerem verificação.
Especificamente o nome, o sobrenome e/ou o endereço de email foram alterados e nunca foram verificados.

Se você for o proprietário do website, reative-o.

ikke bekreftet

Du har kommet til et domene som avventer ICANN-verifisering.

Fra 1. januar 2014 vil Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) kreve at alle ICANN-akkrediterte registratorer starter bekreftelse av Registrator WHOIS kontaktinformasjon for alle nye domeneregistreringer og kontaktmodifikasjoner for registrator.

Hvorfor dette domenet har blitt avbrutt

E-psotadresse har ikke blitt bekreftet.
Dette er en ny domeneregistrering og registrators e-postadresse har ikke blitt bekreftet.

eller

Registrators kontaktdata for dette domenet ble modifisert, men krever alikevel verifisering.
Spesifikt har fornavn, etternavn og/eller e-postadresse blitt endret og aldri bekreftet.

Hvis du er sidens eier, reaktiver siden din

未验证

您访问的域正在等待 ICANN 验证。

自 2014 年 1 月 1 日起,Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 将要求所有 ICANN 委任域名注册公司开始在注册所有新域和修改注册人联系信息时验证注册人 WHOIS 联系信息。

该域为何被挂起

电子邮件地址未验证。
这是新域注册并且注册人电子邮件地址未验证。

或者

该域的注册人联系信息已修改,但仍需验证。
特别是姓名和/或电子邮件地址已更改,但尚未验证。

如果您是站点所有者,请重新激活站点

未確認

ICANNの確認待ちのドメインに到達しました。

2014年1月1日付けで、Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN)は、すべてのICANN認定レジストラが、すべての新しいドメインの登録のための登録者のWHOIS連絡先情報と登録者連絡先の変更の確認を開始することを義務付けます。

このドメインが停止された理由は何ですか?

電子メールアドレスが確認されていません。
これは新しいドメイン登録で、登録者の電子メールアドレスが確認されていません。

または

このドメインの登録者の連絡先データは変更されましたが、まだ確認されていません。
具体的には、名、姓、および/または電子メールアドレスが変更されましたが、確認されていません。

サイトオーナーの場合は、サイトを再度アクティブにしてください

not verified

Dotarłeś na domenę, która oczekuje na weryfikację ICANN

Z dniem 1 stycznia 2014 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) wymaga aby wszyscy akredytowani przez ICANN rejestratorzy rozpoczęli weryfikację danych abonenta, zapisanych w WHOIS, dla wszystkich nowych rejestracji domen oraz modyfikacji danych abonenta.

Dlaczego ta domena została zawieszona

Adres email nie został zweryfikowany.
Jest to rejestracja nowej domeny i adres email abonenta nie został jeszcze zweryfikowany.

lub

Dane abonenta domeny zostały zmodyfikowane, lecz nie zostały zweryfikowane.
W szczególności imię, nazwisko i/lub adres email zostały zmienione i nie zostały zweryfikowane.

Jeśli jesteś właścicielem tej domeny, możesz ją reaktywować

not verified

Il dominio è stato sospeso .

A partire dal 1 gennaio 2014, tutti i registrar accreditati ICANN - l'ente internazionale responsabile della gestione di tutti i domini di primo livello - devono verificare le informazioni di contatto WHOIS del cliente per tutte le nuove registrazioni di dominio e modifiche di contatto.

Perché questo dominio è stato sospeso

L'indirizzo email non è stato verificato.
È stata effettuata una nuova registrazione di un dominio e l'indirizzo email del proprietario non è stato verificato.

oppure

I dati di contatto del proprietario del dominio sono stati modificati ma non sono stati verificati (nome, cognome, indirizzo email).

Riattiva il tuo sito

Resend the verification email.
This will be sent to the Registrant email address populated in your WHOIS data. If you are unsure what email address is listed, please log into your account with the provider where you currently manage this domain to view and/or update the info.

Senden Sie eine neue Benachrichtigungs-E-Mail.
Diese wird an die bereits in Ihren WHOIS-Daten eingetragene E-Mail-Adresse des Registranten gesandt. Wenn Sie nicht sicher sind, welche E-Mail-Adresse aufgeführt ist, loggen Sie sich in Ihrem Konto bei dem Anbieter ein, wo Sie derzeit diese Domäne verwalten, um Ihre Daten einzusehen, bzw. zu aktualisieren.

Reenvie el correo electrónico de verificación.
Este se le enviará a la dirección de correo electrónico especificada en los datos WHOIS. Si no está seguro de que dirección de correo electrónico especificó, por favor consúltesela al registrador con el que inició los trámites de registro o bien solicite que se la modifiquen.

Renvoi du courriel de vérification.
Il sera envoyé à l'adresse du titulaire renseignée dans les données WHOIS. Si vous n'êtes pas sûr de l'adresse renseignée, connectez-vous à votre compte auprès du fournisseur via lequel vous gérez actuallement ce domaine afin de consulter et/ou de mettre à jour les informations.

Reenviar email de verificação.
Isso será enviado ao endereço de email do registrante preenchido nos dados WHOIS. Se não tiver certeza de qual endereço de email foi informado, efetue login na sua conta com o provedor em que você gerencia atualmente este domínio para visualizar e/ou atualizar as informações.

Send e-post med varsel på nytt.
Denne vil bli sendt til registrators e-postadresse fylt ut med dine WHOIS-data. Hvis du er usikker på hvilken e-postadresse som er oppført, logg inn på kontoen din med leverandøren du bruker til å forvalte dette domenet for å vise og/eller oppdatere informasjonen.

重新发送验证电子邮件。
该电子邮件将发送至您 WHOIS 数据中所填写的注册人电子邮件地址。如果不确定所填写的电子邮件地址,请在您当前管理该域的提供商处登录账户来查看和/或更新信息。

確認の電子メールを再送します。
これはWHOISデータ内に入力された登録者の電子メールアドレスに送信されます。電子メールアドレスが記載されているかどうかわからない場合は、このドメインを現在管理しているプロバイダーのアカウントにログインして、情報を確認および/または更新してください。

Wyślij ponownie email weryfikacyjny.
Email zostanie wysłany na adres email abonenta domeny widniejący w bazie WHOIS. Jeśli nie jesteś pewien, jaki to jest adres email, zaloguj się na swoje konto u rejestratora domen, u którego utrzymujesz tę domenę. Możesz tam sprawdzić adres email i/lub zaktualizować dane.

Nuovo invio dell'email di verifica.
L'email di verifica sarà inviata nuovamente all'indirizzo email del proprietario del dominio presente nei dati WHOIS. Per controllare quale sia l'indirizzo email presente nei dati WHOIS, si consiglia di accedere al proprio account sul provider che attualmente gestisce il dominio.

Click the link in the email
and your contact information will be immediately verified. We estimate the site will come back online within 24 to 48 hours.

Klicken Sie auf den Link in der E-Mail
und Ihre Kontaktdaten werden sofort bestätigt. Wir schätzen, dass die Website innerhalb 24 bis 48 Stunden wieder online sein wird.

Haga clic en el vínculo que está en el correo electrónico
y su información de contacto se verificará inmediatamente. Estimamos que el sitio volverá a estar en línea en un lapso de 24 a 48 horas.

Cliquez sur le lien dans le courriel
et vos informations de contact seront immédiatement vérifiées. Nous estimons que le site sera de nouveau disponible dans 24 à 48 heures.

Clique no link no email
e suas informações de contato serão verificadas imediatamente. Estimamos que o site volte a ficar online dentro de 24 a 48 horas.

Klikk på linken i e-posten
og kontaktinformasjonen din vil bli øyeblikkelig bekreftet. Vi anslår at siden vil være online igjen innen 24 til 48 timer.

单击电子邮件中的链接
,您的联系信息将立即验证。我们估计站点将在 24 到 48 小时内恢复联机状态。

電子メール内のリンクをクリックすると、
連絡先情報が即座に確認されます。私たちは、24~48時間以内にサイトがオンラインに戻ると予想しています。

Kliknij w link zawarty w wiadomości
a Twoje dane kontaktowe zostaną natychmiast zweryfikowane. Szacujemy, że działanie domeny będzie przywrócone w czasie od 24 do 48 godzin.

Appena riceverai l'email,
clicca sul link per verificare le informazioni. Il sito dovrebbe tornare online entro 24/48 ore.

Frequently asked questions

Why was my domain suspended?
ICANN requires that the domain registrant's contact information or changes to the registrant's WHOIS information be verified within 15 calendar days. If the data is not verified in this timeframe, ICANN mandates that the website be suspended pending the verification.

How can I remove the suspension on my domain?
The suspension of the domain will be removed after the WHOIS information is successfully verified. Please update the WHOIS information with complete and accurate contact details through your domain service provider. Once updated you will recieve a new verification email.

Once the suspension is removed, when will my website come back online?
We estimate it may take 24 to 48 hours for the website to come back online.

Who is ICANN?
ICANN is responsible for the coordination of the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers and, in particular, ensuring its' stable and secure operation. ICANN maintains policies and specifications for registrars and registrants to abide by.

What is WHOIS?
WHOIS services provide public access to data on registered domain name holders. Registered Name Holders are required to provide accurate and reliable contact details to their Registrar to update WHOIS data for a Registered Name.

Häufig gestellte Fragen

Warum wurde meine Domäne gesperrt?
ICANN schreibt vor, dass Kontaktdaten der Registranten von Domänen, oder Änderungen dieser WHOIS-Daten innerhalb von 15 Tagen überprüft werden müssen. Können die Daten in diesem Zeitraum nicht bestätigt werden, so wird die Website gemäß ICANN bis zur Verifizierung gesperrt.

Wie kann ich die Sperre von meiner Domäne entfernen?
Die Sperre der Domäne wird entfernt, sobald die WHOIS-Daten erfolgreich bestätigt sind. Bitte aktualisieren Sie über Ihren Dienstanbieter der Domäne die WHOIS-Daten mit vollständigen und genauen Kontaktdaten. Nach der Aktualisierung werden Sie eine neue Verifizierungs-E-Mail erhalten.

Wie lange dauert es nach Aufhebung der Sperre, bis meine Website wieder online ist?
Wir schätzen, dass es 24 bis 48 Stunden dauern kann, bis die Website wieder online ist.

Wer ist ICANN?
ICANN ist verantwortlich für die Koordinierung spezifischer Erkennungsmarker der globalen Systeme des Internets, und insbesondere für die Gewährleistung ihrer stabilen und sicheren Funktion. ICANN verwaltet Richtlinien und Spezifikationen, die von Registrierungsstellen und Registranten eingehalten werden müssen.

Was ist WHOIS?
WHOIS-Dienste bieten Zugang zu den Daten der registrierten Domäneninhaber. Registrierte Domäneninhaber sind verpflichtet, ihren Registrierungsstellen für registrierte Domänennamen genaue und zuverlässige Kontaktdaten zur Aktualisierung der WHOIS-Daten zur Verfügung zu stellen.

Preguntas frecuentas

¿Por qué mi dominio fue suspendido?
ICANN exige que la información de contacto de la persona que registra el dominio o cambios a la información WHOIS de la persona registrada sean validados en un plazo de 15 días. Si los datos no se verifican en este lapso de tiempo, ICANN exige que el sitio web sea suspendido en espera de la verificación.

¿Cómo puedo eliminar la suspensión de mi dominio?
La suspensión del dominio será levantada una vez que la información WHOIS sea verificada. Por favor actualice la información WHOIS con detalles precisos y completos a través de su proveedor de servicio. Una vez que se actualice, recibirá un nuevo correo electrónico de verificación.

¿Cuándo estará disponible en línea nuevamente mi sitio web una vez que se levante la suspensión?
Estimamos que el sitio web pudiera tardar de 24 a 48 horas en estar disponible en línea nuevamente.

¿Qués es ICANN?
ICANN es la organización responsable de la coordinación de los identificadores únicos de los sistemas globales de Internet y, en particular, se encarga de asegurar su operación sea segura y estable. ICANN mantiene políticas y especificaciones para su cumplimiento por parte de registradores y registrantes.

¿Qué es WHOIS?
Los servicios WHOIS proveen acceso público a los datos de los titulares de nombres de dominio registrados. Los titulares de nombres registrados deberán suministrar información de contacto precisa y fiable a su registrador para actualizar los datos WHOIS de un Nombre Registrado.

Foire aux questions

Pourquoi mon domaine a-t-il été suspendu ?
L'ICANN exige que les informations de contact du titulaire ou modifications de ses informations WHOIS soient vérifiées dans les 15 jours calendaires. Si les données ne sont pas vérifiées dans le délai imparti, l'ICANN demande la suspension du site dans l'attente de la vérification.

Comment puis-je annuler la suspension de mon domaine ?
La suspension du domaine sera annulée dès que les informations WHOIS auront effectivement été vérifiées. Veuillez mettre à jour les informations WHOIS en indiquant des coordonnées de contact complètes et précises à votre fournisseur de domaine. Vous recevrez un courriel pour la nouvelle vérification une fois que vous aurez effectué cette mise à jour.

Une fois la suspension annulée, quand mon site Web sera-t-il de nouveau en ligne ?
Nous estimons que 24 à 48 heures peuvent être nécessaires pour que le site soit à nouveau disponible.

Qu'est-ce que l'ICANN ?
L'ICANN est responsable de la coordination des systèmes d'identifiants uniques sur Internet dans le monde et, en particulier, pour en garantir la stabilité et la sécurité. L'ICANN disposent de politiques et spécifications que les bureaux d'enregistrement et titulaires doivent respecter.

Qu'est-ce que WHOIS ?
Les services WHOIS permettent au public d'avoir accès aux données relatives au titulaires de noms de domaine enregistrés. Les titulaires de noms enregistrés doivent fournir des coordonnées de contact précises et fiables à leur bureau d'enregistrement afin de permettre la mise à jour des données WHOIS pour le nom de domaine enregistré.

Perguntas frequentes

Por que meu domínio foi suspenso?
A ICANN exige que as informações de contato do registrante do domínio ou alterações a informações WHOIS do registrante sejam verificadas dentro de 15 dias corridos. Se os dados não forem verificados nesse período, a ICANN determinar que o website seja suspenso enquanto a verificação estiver pendente.

Como posso remover a suspensão do meu domínio?
A suspensão do domínio será removida depois de as informações WHOIS serem verificadas com sucesso. Atualize as informações WHOIS com detalhes de contato completos e precisos pelo seu provedor de serviço de domínio. Depois da atualização, você receberá um email de verificação.

Depois que a suspensão for removida, quando meu website voltar a ficar online?
Estimamos que possa levar de 24 a 48 horas para o website voltar a ficar online.

Quem é a ICANN?
A ICANN é responsável pela coordenação dos sistemas global de identificadores únicos da Internet e, em particular, por garantir sua operação estável e segura. A ICANN mantém políticas e especificações a serem cumpridas por registradores e registrantes.

O que é a WHOIS?
Os serviços da WHOIS fornecem acesso público aos dados em detentores de nomes de domínio registrados. Os detentores de nomes de domínio registrados devem fornecer detalhes de contato precisos e confiáveis para o registrador atualizar os dados WHOIS para um nome registrado.

Ofte stilte spørsmål

Hvorfor ble domenet mitt opphevet?
ICANN krever at domeneregistrators kontaktinformasjon eller endringer i registratorens WHOIS-informasjon må bekreftes innen 15 kalenderdager. Hvis dataene ikke bekreftes innen denne tidsrammen, krever ICANN at nettsiden oppheves i påvente av verifisering.

Hvordan kan jeg fjerne opphevingen av mitt domene?
Opphevelsen av domenet vil fjernes etter at WHOIS-informasjonen har blitt verifisert. Oppdater WHOIS-informasjonen med fullstendige og nøyaktige kontaktdetaljer gjennom din domene-leverandør. Når siden er oppdatert vil du motta en ny e-post med bekreftelse.

Når opphevingen er fjernet, når kommer nettsiden min opp igjen?
Vi anslår at det kan ta mellom 24 til 48 timer før nettsiden igjen er online.

Hvem er ICANN?
ICANN er ansvarlig for koordineringen av det globale internett-systemets unike identifikatorer, og spesielt å sirke dets stabile og sikre drift. ICANN opprettholder policyer og spesifikasjoner som registratorer og registranter må overholde.

Hva er WHOIS?
WHOIS-tjenester gir offentlig adgang til data på registrerte eiere av domenenavn. Registrerte navn-eiere må oppgi nøyaktige og pålitelige kontaktdetaljer til sin registrator for å oppdatere WHOIS-data for et registrert navn.

常见问题

我的域为何被挂起?
ICANN 要求在 15 个日历日内验证域注册人联系信息或注册人 WHOIS 信息的更改。如果数据未在此时间范围内验证,ICANN 要求将网站挂起等待验证。

如何解除域的挂起状态?
WHOIS 信息验证成功后域的挂起状态将解除。请使用完整准确的详细联系信息通过您的域服务提供商更新 WHOIS 信息。更新完成后,您将收到一封新的验证电子邮件。

挂起状态解除后,我的网站何时恢复联机状态?
我们估计大约需要 24 到 48 小时网站即可恢复联系状态。

谁是 ICANN?
ICANN 负责全球协调全球互联网的唯一标识符系统,特别是确保其稳定和安全运行。ICANN 维护注册公司和注册人都需要遵守的政策和规范。

什么是 WHOIS?
WHOIS 服务使公众可访问有关注册域名持有者的数据。注册域名持有者需要向其注册公司提供准确可靠的详细联系信息以便更新注册域名的 WHOIS 数据。

よくある質問

ドメインが停止した理由は何ですか?
ICANNは、ドメインの登録者の連絡先情報または登録者のWHOIS情報への変更が15暦日以内に確認されることを要求します。この時間枠内にデータが確認されない場合、ICANNは、確認されるまで、ウェブサイトの停止を命じます。

どのようにすればドメインの停止を解除できますか?
ドメインの停止は、WHOIS情報が適切に確認された後、解除されます。 ドメインサービスプロバイダーを介して、WHOIS情報を完全かつ正確な連絡先情報で更新してください。更新したら、新しい確認の電子メールを受け取ります。

停止が解除されたら、いつウェブサイトはオンラインに戻りますか?
私たちは、ウェブサイトがオンラインに戻るのに24~48時間かかる可能性があると予想しています。

ICANNとは誰ですか?
ICANNは、ユニークな識別子のある世界中のインターネットのシステムの調整に責任を負い、その安定した、安全な稼働を確保します。ICANNは、レジストラと登録者が遵守すべき方針と仕様を維持します。

WHOISとは何ですか?
WHOISのサービスは、登録済みのドメイン名ホルダーに関するデータへの公共のアクセスを実現します。登録名ホルダーは、レジストラに正確で信頼できる連絡先情報を提供して、登録名のWHOISデータを更新する必要があります。

Często zadawane pytania

Dlaczego moja domena została zawieszona?
ICANN wymaga aby każde dane abonenta domeny lub zmiany wprowadzone do danych abonenta zapisanych w bazie WHOIS były zweryfikowane w ciągu 15 dni kalendarzowych. Jeśli dane nie zostaną zweryfikowane w tym czasie, ICANN wymaga aby serwis internetowy został zawieszony do momentu zakończenia weryfikacji.

Jak mogę usunąć blokadę mojej domeny?
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February 12, 2015

Going for the Long Ball with OTM Call Options

It seems like almost every other week in my Group Coaching class, a student will ask me about buying deep out-of-the money (OTM) options. Many option traders especially those that are new initially buy deep out-of-the-money options because they are cheap and can offer a huge reward. Unfortunately many times, these “cheap” options are rarely a bargain. Don’t get me wrong, at first glance an OTM call that costs $0.25 may seem like a steal. Since spring training is fast approaching, we can use a baseball analogy and say that if the trade works out, it could turn into a real homerun; maybe even a grand slam. But if the call’s strike price is say $20 or $30 (depending on the stock price) above the market and the stock has never rallied that much before in the amount of time until expiration, the option will likely expire worthless or close to it.

Negative Factors

Many factors work against the success of a deep OTM call from profiting. The call’s delta (rate of change of an option relative to a change in the underlying) will typically be so small that even if the stock starts to rise, the call’s premium will not increase much. In addition, option traders will still have to overcome the bid-ask spread (the difference between the buy and sell price) which might be anywhere from $0.05 to $0.15 or even more for illiquid options.

Option traders that tend to buy the cheapest calls available are probably calls that have the shortest time left until expiration. If an OTM call option expires in less than thirty days, its time decay measured by theta (rate of change of an option given a unit change in time) will be often larger than the delta especially for higher priced and more volatile stocks. Any potential gains from the stock rising in price can be negated by the time decay. Plus each day the OTM call option premium will decrease if the stock drops, trades sideways or rallies just a tad.

Final Thoughts

A deep OTM call option can become profitable only if the stock unexpectedly jumps much higher. If the stock does rise sharply, an OTM call option can hit the proverbial homerun and post impressive gains. The question option traders need to ask themselves is how much are they willing to lose waiting for the stock to rise knowing that the odds are unlikely for it to happen in the first place? Trades like these have very low odds and may be better suited for the casino then the trading floor.

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

February 5, 2015

What is an Option Strangle?

An option strangle is an option strategy that option traders can use when they think there is an imminent move in the underlying but the direction is uncertain. With an option strangle, the trader is betting on both sides of a trade by purchasing a put and a call generally just out-of-the-money (OTM), but with the same expiration. By buying a put and a call that are OTM, an option trader pays a lower initial price than with an option straddle where the call and put purchased share the same strike price. However, this comes with a price so-to-speak; the stock will have to make a much larger move than if the option straddle were implemented because the breakeven points of the trade will be further out due to buying both options OTM. The trader is, arguably, taking a larger risk (because a bigger move is needed than with an option straddle), but is paying a lower price. Like many trade strategies there are pros and cons to each. If this or any other option strategy sounds a little overwhelming to you, I would invite you to checkout the Options Education section on our website.

The Particulars

An option strangle has two breakeven points just like the option straddle. To calculate these points simply add the net premium (call premium + put premium) to the strike price of the call (for upside breakeven) and subtract the net premium from the put’s strike (to calculate downside breakeven). If at expiration, the stock has advanced or dropped past one of these breakeven points, the profit potential of the strategy is unlimited (for upside moves). The position will take a 100% loss if the stock is trading between the put and call strikes upon expiration. Remember that the maximum loss a trader can take on an option strangle is the net premium paid.

Implied Volatility

The implied volatility (IV) of the options plays a key role in an option strangle as well. With no short options in this spread, the IV exposure is concentrated. When IV is considered low compared to historical volatility (HV), it is a relatively “cheap” time to buy options. Since the option strangle involves buying a call and put, buying “cheaper” options is critical. If the IV is expected to increase after the option strangle is initiated, this could increase the option premiums with all other factors held constant which is certainly a bonus for long option strangle holders.

Example Trade

To create an option strangle, a trader will purchase one out-of-the-money (OTM) call and one OTM put. An option trader may think Apple Inc. (AAPL) looks good for a potential option strangle since at the time of this writing, it is teetering around its all-time high at $120. With IV lower than HV and the trader unsure in what direction the Apple stock may move, the option strangle could be the way to go. The trader would buy both an March 125 call and an March 115 put. For simplicity, we will assign a price of 2.00 for both – resulting in an initial investment of $4 (2 + 2) for our trader (which again is the maximum potential loss).

Apple Stock Rallies

Should the Apple stock rally past the call’s breakeven point which is $129 (125 + 4) at expiration, the 115 put expires worthless and the $125 call expires in-the-money (ITM) resulting in the strangle trader collecting on the position. If, for example at expiration the stock is trading at $133 which means the intrinsic value of the call $8 (133 – 125), the profit is $4 (8 – 4) which represents the intrinsic value less the premium paid.

Apple Stock Declines

The same holds true if the stock falls below the put’s breakeven point at expiration. The put is in ITM and the call expires worthless. At expiration, if Apple stock is trading below the put’s breakeven point of the trade which is $111 (115 – 4), a profit will be realized. The danger is that Apple stock finishes between $111 and $129 as expiration occurs. In this case, both legs of the position expire worthless and the initial 4, or $400 of actual cash, is lost.

Maximum Loss

Notice that the maximum loss is the initial premium paid, setting a nice limit to potential losses. Profits and losses can be realized way before expiration and it is up to the trader to decide how and when to close the position. Potential profits on the strangle are unlimited which can be very rewarding but as always, a traders needs to decide how he or she will manage the position.

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

January 29, 2015

A Different Use of the Butterfly

There are several ways to make adjustments or lock in profits on a profitable long call or long put position. One of my favorites has to be converting the option position to a long butterfly spread. It may sound funny, but probably the hardest part about an option trader converting his position to lock in profits with a butterfly spread is getting to a profitable position in the first place; the rest is relatively easy! Let’s take a look at a scenario and an outlook in which this butterfly spread can be considered.

Butterfly Spread on BIDU

Let’s assume an option trader has been watching ABC Inc. (ABC) stock and noticed the stock pulled back slightly from the uptrend in which it has been trading. When ABC stock was trading around $175 in the middle of January, he decides to buy the February 175 call options for 7. Lo and behold about a week later the stock moves higher and it’s trading around $185. The $185 level is potential resistance for the stock because is has previously traded to that area twice before and the trader is concerned it might happen once again. The trader thinks there may be a chance that ABC stock may trade sideways at that level. Converting a long call position to a butterfly spread is advantageous if a neutral outlook is forecast (as in this case). A long butterfly spread has its maximum profit attained if the stock is trading at the short strikes (body of the butterfly) at expiration.

The option trader is already long the February 175 call which constitutes one wing of the butterfly so he needs to sell two February 185 calls which is the body of the butterfly and where the option trader thinks the stock may trade until expiration. $185 represents where the maximum profit can be earned at expiration. A February 195 call (other wing) would need to be purchased to complete the long call butterfly spread.

The original cost of the February 175 call was 7. The two short February 185 calls sell for 5.25 a piece and the long February 195 call costs 2. The converted 175/185/195 long call butterfly spread produces a credit of 1.50 (-7 + 10.50 – 2). Now here’s a look at the possible scenarios that could happen and some possibilities that can be considered.

 Take Profit

With ABC stock trading around $185, the February 175 call option has increased in value to 11.25. That means the trader can sell the call and make a profit of $4.25 (11.25 – 7). Certainly this is a viable option and should be considered on some of the contracts before adjusting the position.

Maximum Loss

Maximum loss for a long butterfly spread is realized if the stock is trading at or below the lowest strike (lower wing) or at or above the highest strike (higher wing). In this case the maximum loss is not a loss at all but a credit of $1.50. In essence, the original $7 potential risk from buying the February 175 call is now erased and has turned into a guaranteed profit even if ABC stock completely collapses. If the stock continues to move higher and past the 195 strike at expiration, the maximum loss is still achieved; albeit a $1.50 profit. But more could have been made by simply keeping the original position intact. That is why it may be prudent if there is more than one contract (long call) to maybe not convert all the positions to a butterfly spread, particularity if the trader thinks that the stock can still climb higher. Keeping the long call would have more profitable if this scenario played out.

Maximum Profit

Maximum profit is achieved if the trader is right and stock closes right at $185 at expiration. The current profit on the trade is $4.25 as discussed above. If ABC stock continues to trade sideways or ends up at $185 at expiration, that $4.25 profit has now grown to an $11.50 profit. The maximum profit for a butterfly spread is derived from taking the difference between the bought and sold strikes which in this case is $10, and adding premium received from converting the position to a butterfly spread ($1.50). Not too bad of a result if ABC stock trades sideways or ends up at $185 at expiration. It seems pretty clear that the long butterfly spread is very beneficial when a sideways outlook is forecast after the long option has profited.

As long as the strike prices align with the trader’s outlook, converting a long call or a long put to a butterfly spread can be very effective after gains are realized. If there are multiple contracts, it allows an option trader to take profits now and also potentially earn more if the stock essentially goes nowhere and ends up close to the short strikes at expiration.

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

January 22, 2015

Hedging Risk in Potential Take-Over Stocks

Several days ago, there was a rumor that Samsung was planning on acquiring smartphone maker BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) and the stock shot up over 25%. The rumors so far have failed to materialize. That being said, let’s look at an made-up example of a take-over and a way to use options to capture the possible move. A $50 stock is rumored to be taken out at $55. Looks like a nice spec trade right? You go to the option chain to look for some calls to buy and you notice that the options have gotten pretty expensive. Implied volatility has skyrocketed. Sometimes implied volatility can make options so expensive that even if the trade goes your way the profit is just not there–but the risk is. So, what’s an options trader to do?

One solution can be to buy a bull call spread instead of the outright call. The rationale? It’s called hedging–hedging volatility premium. Whenever you buy options, you’re getting long implied volatility. If implied volatility is expensive, the options are expensive too. And if implied volatility subsequently falls after you make the trade, those options drop in value too. So, what if you both buy and sell an option to create a spread? Let’s look at the two legs of a bull call spread

Bull Call Spread – Long Leg

A bull call spread is when a trader buys one call and sells another that has a higher strike price. Look at it as two trades. The long call would be the one you might buy if you were to spec on the take-over stock. In the case of a take over, this call likely has high implied volatility as the market scrambles to buy up calls, making it pricey.

Bull Call Spread – Short Leg

Because there is a target price in which the take-over target is expected to be bought, you only need exposure up to a certain point–the take-over price. Why not sell a call at or above the expected take-over price? You’re not giving up upside. But you are taking in (expensive) premium to hedge the (expensive) premium you’re buying with the long call leg. It’s a perfect spread.

Example

Let’s look at this in terms of absolute risk. A stock currently trading for $50 is rumored for take over at $55. News is expected within a couple of weeks.

Buy 1 February 50 call at $4

Sell 1 February 55 call at $2

Net debit $2

Max loss = $2 (That’s better than just buying the 50 calls outright)

Max gain = $3 (That’s the $5 spread minus the $2 premium)

Break even = $52 (That’s $50 strike plus $2 spread premium)

Here the max loss/max gain ratio of the spread is 2:3. The max loss/max gain ratio of the outright call would be 4:1 (Remember, you expect the stock only to rise to $55). The spread looks better so far. Let’s look at the break evens. The spread break-even is $52. The outright call’s break even is $54. Better still.

Wrap Up

With all option strategies, there are opportune times when they offer an advantage over an alternative strategy. Bull call spreads and take-over candidates are a natural fit. Traders always need to look for ways to construct the smartest position in terms of risk-reward.

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

January 14, 2015

Implied Volatility May Continue to Swing

The last several months, the market has shown some good movement with some wild swings. The S&P 500 and Dow set their all-time highs once again, and then promptly moved lower. Now we are about to start the next earnings season and the roller-coaster ride may continue. It is important for option traders to understand one of the most important steps when learning to trade options; analyzing implied volatility and historical volatility. This is the way option traders can gain edge in their trades. But analyzing implied volatility and historical volatility is often an overlooked process making some trades losers from the start. An option trader needs to look back at the last couple of months of option trading to see how volatility played a crucial part in option pricing and how it will help them going forward.

Implied Volatility and Historical Volatility
Historical volatility (HV) is the volatility experienced by the underlying stock, stated in terms of annualized standard deviation as a percentage of the stock price. Historical volatility is helpful in comparing the volatility of a stock with another stock or to the stock itself over a period of time. For example, a stock that has a 30 historical volatility is less volatile than a stock with a 35 historical volatility. Additionally, a stock with a historical volatility of 45 now is more volatile than it was when its historical volatility was, say, 30.

In contrast to historical volatility, which looks at actual stock prices in the past, implied volatility (IV) looks forward. Implied volatility is often interpreted as the market’s expectation for the future volatility of a stock. Implied volatility can be derived from the price of an option. Specifically, implied volatility is the expected future volatility of the stock that is implied by the price of the stock’s options. For example, the market (collectively) expects a stock that has a 20 implied volatility to be less volatile than a stock with a 30 implied volatility. The implied volatility of an asset can also be compared with what it was in the past. If a stock has an implied volatility of 40 compared with a 20 implied volatility, say, a month ago, the market now considers the stock to be more volatile. A recent example of the implied volatility increasing was the debt ceiling crisis. There was some concern that the government would not hammer out a compromise and thus default which put fear into the market and increased implied volatility.

Analyzing Volatility
Implied volatility and historical volatility is analyzed by using a volatility chart. A volatility chart tracks the implied volatility and historical volatility over time in graphical form. It is a helpful guide that makes it easy to compare implied volatility and historical volatility. But, often volatility charts are misinterpreted by new or less experienced option traders.

Regular users of volatility charts need to perform three separate analyses. First, they need to compare current implied volatility with current historical volatility. This helps the trader understand how volatility is being priced into options in comparison with the stock’s volatility. If the two are disparate, an opportunity might exist to buy or sell volatility (i.e., options) at a “good” price. In general, if implied volatility is higher than historical volatility it gives some indication that option prices may be high. If implied volatility is below historical volatility, this may mean option prices are discounted. High is giid for selling and low is good for buying option premium.

But that is not where the story ends. Traders must also compare implied volatility now with implied volatility in the past. This helps traders understand whether implied volatility is high or low in relative terms. If implied volatility is higher than typical, it may be expensive, making it a good a sell; if it is below its normal level it may still be a good buy.

Finally, traders need to complete their analysis by comparing historical volatility at this time with what historical volatility was in the recent past. The historical volatility chart can indicate whether current stock volatility is more or less than it typically is. If current historical volatility is higher than it was typically in the past, the stock is now more volatile than normal.

If current implied volatility doesn’t justify the higher-than-normal historical volatility, the trader can capitalize on the disparity known as the skew by buying options priced too cheaply.

Conversely, if historical volatility has fallen below what has been typical in the past, traders need to look at implied volatility to see if an opportunity to sell exists. If implied volatility is high compared with historical volatility, it could be a sell signal.

The Art and Science of Implied Volatility and Historical Volatility
Analyzing implied volatility and historical volatility on volatility charts is both an art and a science. The basics are shown here. But there are lots of ways implied volatility and historical volatility can interact. Each volatility scenario is different like an expected earnings announcement or a general fear of the economy. Understanding both implied volatility and historical volatility combined with a little experience helps traders use volatility to their advantage and gain edge on each trade and that is precisely what every trader needs.

Now you know a little more about how implied volatility can affect options, it is time to put that knowledge to use and get the edge in your trades!

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

January 8, 2015

Make Mine a Double!

With earnings season unbelievably upon us in a few short weeks, it might be a good time to talk about a subject that is brought up quite often in MTM Group Coaching and Online Education and is often debated by option traders learning to trade advanced strategies; double calendars vs. double diagonals.

Double Calendars vs. Double Diagonals
Both double calendars and double diagonals have the same fundamental structure; each is short option contracts in nearby expirations and long option contracts in farther out expirations in equal numbers. As implied by the name, this complex spread is comprised of two different spreads. These time spreads (aka known as horizontal spreads and calendar spreads) occur at two different strike prices. Each of the two individual spreads, in both the double calendar and the double diagonal, is constructed entirely of puts or calls. But the either position can be constructed of puts, calls, or both puts and calls. The structure for each of both double calendars or double diagonals thus consists of four different, two long and two short, options. These spreads are commonly traded as “long double calendars” and “long double diagonals” in which the long-term options in the spread (those with greater value) are purchased, and the short-term ones are sold. The profit engine that drives both the long double calendar and the long double diagonal is the differential decay of extrinsic (time) premium between shorter dated and longer dated options. The main difference between double calendars and double diagonals is the placement of the long strikes. In the case of double calendars, the strikes of the short and long contracts are identical. In a double diagonal, the strikes of the long contracts are placed farther out-of-the-money) OTM than the short strikes.

Why should an option trader complicate his or her life with these two similar structures? The reason traders implement double calendars and double diagonals is the position response to changes in IV; in other words, the vega of the position. Both trades are vega positive, theta positive, and delta neutral—presuming the price of the underlying lies between the two middle strike prices—over the range of profitability. However, the double calendar positions, because of the placement of the long strikes being closer to ATM, responds favorably more rapidly to increases in IV while the double diagonal responds more slowly. Conversely, decreases in IV of the long positions has a negative impact on double calendars more strongly than it does on double diagonals.

If you have only traded a single-legged calendar or diagonal through earnings season even not during earnings season, it might just be time to give them a look. Maybe you have never traded a calendar or a diagonal. This might be the time to find out about these time spreads.  Once a single position spread makes sense, a double might make even more sense and be more profitable too.

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

December 30, 2014

Butterflies, Expiration, the Importance of Time and Cindy Crawford

One of the major differences when learning to trade options as opposed to equity trading is the impact of time on the various trade instruments. Remember that option premiums reflect the total of both intrinsic (if any) and extrinsic (time) value. Equities are not affected by the passing of time unlike many movie stars. Even though Cindy Crawford is still considered to be still quite attractive by many, her look (perceived beauty) is not the same or at least as youthful looking as it was decades ago when she was a top model and cover-girl. Also remember that while very few things in trading are for certain, one certainty is that the time value of an option premium goes to zero at the closing bell on expiration Friday.

While this decay of time premium to a value of zero is reliable and undeniable in the world of option trading, it is important to recognize that the decay is not linear. It is during the final weeks of the option cycle that decay of the extrinsic premium begins to race ever faster to oblivion. In the vocabulary of the options trader, the rate of theta decay increases as expiration approaches. It is from this quickening of the pace that many examples of option trading vehicles gain their maximum profitability during this final week of their life.

Some of the most dramatic changes in behavior can be seen in the trading strategy known as the butterfly. For those new to options, consideration of the butterfly represents the move from simple single legged strategy such as simply buying a put or a call to multi-legged strategies that include both buying and selling options in certain patterns.

To review briefly, a butterfly consists of a vertical debit spread and vertical credit spread sharing the same strike price constructed together in the same underlying in the same expiration. It may be built using either puts or calls and its directional bias derives from strike selection rather than the particular type of option used for construction. For a (long) butterfly, maximum profit is always achieved at expiration when the underlying closes at the short strike shared by the two vertical spreads.

The butterfly has the interesting characteristic in that it responds sluggishly to price movement early in its life. For example in the first two weeks of a four week option cycle, time decay or theta is slow to erode. However, as expiration approaches, the butterfly becomes increasingly sensitive to price movement as the time premium erodes and the spread becomes increasingly subject to delta as a result of increasing gamma. It is for this reason that many butterfly traders restrict their use to the more responsive part of the options cycle. For a butterfly, the greatest sensitivity to time (and, therefore, profit potential) is reaped in the final week of the life cycle of the butterfly, i.e. expiration week. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and enjoy the New Year!

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

December 23, 2014

A Watch List for the New Year

With the New Year just around the corner, it is time to reflect on the past year. Making a list of the positives and the negatives throughout the year, could be beneficial going forward. Just like in option trading, a well though out and well kept watch list can help a trader in a variety of ways including scoring profits. First and foremost it can help keep track of the underlyings and keep them all in one place so it is easy to reference them. Potential trade opportunities are often discovered by scanning and searching charts and options from stocks that are on a watch list just like determining potential strengths and weaknesses of a hockey opponent. Here are a couple of ways a trader might go about building a watch list or creating a better one.

Familiar Ones

If a person is relatively new to trading there are probably a few stocks that he or she is familiar with. To gather more names to add to the list, a trader can scan through an index (like the S&P 500 for example) and find more stocks to potentially add to the list. Some of the stocks listed may not be conducive for a variety of reasons. It makes perfect sense to check out the symbols and see if the charts and the options are at acceptable levels for the trader’s personality and plan. Things a trader might want to consider when deciding whether to put a stock on his watch list are the stock price, the stock’s volatility, option prices, bid/ask spreads and option volume just to name a few. When this process is complete, a trader should have a decent watch list in which to work with. This list may grow and sometimes shrink over time depending on the trader.

Services

There are numerous trading services (free and paid) out there that not only might introduce traders to stocks to add to the watch list which may lead to potential trade opportunities. The Market Taker Live Advantage Group Coaching is one such service that MTM offers. As mentioned above, the reason a watch list is created in the first place is to find potential trades. A service can not only introduce traders to new symbols but also provide trade ideas that can turnout to be profitable. But if the trade concept is unclear or deviates from a trader’s plan regardless of the source, it should be avoided until the concept is understood. In any case, if the trader thinks there may be an opportunity on the stock in the future it can be added the list.

List Categories

Once a trader has a watch list of stocks, it may be prudent to separate the list into different categories. There can be a list for stocks that are ready to trade now or very soon. Keeping this list the shortest might make sense for a couple of reasons. First a trader should probably not be trading more stocks than he or she can handle and secondly if there are too many on this list, some trade ideas might get lost in the mix. A short list makes it easier to monitor potential trade opportunities. There can also be a category for stocks that have trade potential in the near future (a day to a week for example). This list can be monitored maybe a little less frequently than the previous list. Another category to consider for the watch list are stocks that have no potential now but may in the future. For example, maybe a stock is trading in the middle of a channel and if it ever trades down to support a bullish opportunity may arise. Stocks should be moved up and down in these different categories as needed.

What’s Important

These were just a few ideas about how a trader can go about developing and monitoring a watch list and searching for potential trade opportunities. The most important part about having a watch list is not how it was acquired but that there is one. A well-refined and updated watch list can yield plenty of potential money making opportunities in option trading for 2015. Happy New Year!!

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

December 17, 2014

Options Education for Every Holiday Budget

Looking for an options trading system to give to someone in need or for yourself this Holiday Season? Let the Market Taker Mentoring Trading Path be your options trading guide.

The MTM Trading Path

The MTM Trading Path is a simple, but powerful proprietary options trading system designed to be a veritable options trading guide that outlines a step-by-step a plan for options trading. There are a total of twelve steps in this options trading system which begins with observing the market and discovering opportunities.

Options trading is, of course, more involved than stock trading. Specifically, there are two steps in this options trading guide that are not in a conventional trading plan. These steps center around analyzing volatility and selecting among the various strategies.

The important thing here is discipline. Having a guide to follow to avoid missing important steps is the key to any options trading plan. The Trading Path is central to our Options Coaching program, Dan’s Online Options Education Series and my Group Coaching. The Market Taker Live Advantage Group Coaching is our most popular class because of its “earn while you learn” format. Be sure to check it out!

I encourage my options coaching students and students in Dan’s options seminars alike to closely follow this option trading guide for all their trades.

Any of these programs makes the perfect gift because it is a gift that can keep on giving!

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

December 11, 2014

The Iron Condor

An iron condor occurs when a trader combines a bear call spread and a bull put spread. It is essentially combining two credit spreads as one trade. The trade is executed by buying a lower-strike out-of-the-money put and selling an out-of-the-money put with a higher strike. Then the trader sells an out-of-the-money call with a higher strike and buys another out-of-the-money call with an even higher strike. Learning to trade more advanced option strategies like an iron condor is not essential for option traders but it can give you more means in which to possibly extract money from the market.

A short iron condor consists of four legs as described above and results in a net credit received. As for profit potential, the maximum potential profit is the initial credit received upon entering the trade. This profit will occur if the underlying stock price, on expiration date, is between the two middle (short) strikes.

One of the rationales behind selling an iron condor is implied volatility (implied volatility is – simply defined – the volatility component of an option price). When IV is inflated (meaning the implied volatility has pushed the option price higher) it lifts the premium values for option sellers. In addition, the profitable range on the short iron condor can be rather large depending on how it is implemented. Certainly the larger the profitable range, the smaller the maximum profit and the greater the risk. The smaller the profitable range,  the larger the maximum profit will be and there will be less overall risk but there is less of a chance the underlying will remain in that range. Like many spreads in option trading, there is a trade-off.

One of the benefits of a short iron condor (and potentially options in general) is limited risk. For short condors, the maximum loss comes when the underlying stock price drops below the lowest strike (long put) or above the highest strike (long call). If you want an equation for max loss, think of it as the difference in strike prices of the two lower-strike options (or the two higher-strike options) less the initial credit for entering the trade.

Being that earnings season is mostly behind us, it is not a major concern at this time. But when the season does return (and it will),  it may be best to construct the iron condor to expire before the actual announcement. If not, then it may be best to exit the trade before the announcement especially if the trade is profitable up to that point.

John Kmiecik

Senior Options Instructor

Market Taker Mentoring

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