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In This Issue:
Options can play an important role in your investment portfolio. Matt Krupski helps remove some of the mystery.

January 31, 2007
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Options Overview and Trading Techniques

If you are new to options, you'll find they open up an exciting new realm of investment opportunities for you. Options can be used alone or in conjunction with other market positions for a variety of strategies, including portfolio protection, risk management, speculation, to generate potential income, and to enhance returns. Options can be complex and confusing, so hopefully I can help remove some of the mystery.

Options Terminology

There are two types of standard options: puts and calls. Call options represent the right to buy the underlying contract at a specified price (strike price) any time before a specified date. Put options represent the right to sell the underlying contract at a specified price (strike price) any time before a specified date.

While there are two basic types of options (puts and calls) there are also different styles of options depending on the product traded, with different expiration procedures. American Style options can be exercised at any time before the expiration date of the option. European Style options can only be exercised at the expiration of the option contract.

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About Today's Author:

Matt Krupski
Years Trading: 7
Favorite Movie: Caddyshack

Matt Krupski is a Senior Market Strategist with Lind Plus, Lind-Waldock's broker-assisted division. He got his start working in the index option pits of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Options Exchange as an arbitrage clerk and market maker for a proprietary market-making firm.

After market hours, he taught classes on option strategies and valuation to arbitrage clerks and junior traders. After leaving the floor, Matt traded single-stock futures and index futures off the floor at the Chicago Board of Trade for a proprietary trading group. His goal as a Lind Plus Market Strategiest is to help clients preserve and increase their capital through defined strategies tailored to their individual appetite for risk. He concentrates on utilizing both long and short option strategies, spreading futures, trailing stops, and monitoring technical support and resistance levels to help clients achieve their goals.

He can be reached at 877-847-3034 or via email at mkrupski@lind-waldock.com.

You can hear market commentary from Lind-Waldock market strategists through our weekly Lind Plus Markets on the Move webinars, as well as online seminars on other topics of interest to traders. These interactive, live webinars are free to attend. Go to www.lind-waldock.com/events to sign up. Lind-Waldock also offers other educational resources to help your learn more about futures trading , including free simulated trading. Visit www.lind-waldock.com.

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