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Phil McDonnell

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Phil is a professional options trader and contributes regular commentary to the Daily Speculations web site. Prior to trading professionally, Phil was a software developer for Dollar/Soft, a financial software company specializing in options software for equities, indexes and futures. He also wrote the book, Optimal Portfolio Modeling, which was published by Wiley Trading in February 2008.

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How to Calculate Greeks for Spreads

By Phil McDonnell

Many options traders use spreads in their trading yet they do not know how to calculate the net delta for their spread or how to find the net theta. Phil McDonnell of Options Profits breaks it down for you.

01:49PM 09/23/11

How to Use VIX Options to Hedge

By Phil McDonnell

Phil McDonnell talks about using VIX Options to hedge stocks or a portfolio.

08:30AM 09/16/11

FDX: Wish I Could Short the Post Office

By Phil McDonnell

FedEx could be hurt by USPS contract cuts. Let's play this bearish view by selling a vertical call spread.

01:42PM 09/06/11

The Importance of Correlation

By Phil McDonnell

Phil McDonnell discusses the importance of correlation in reducing risk,diversifying and option hedging.

08:29AM 08/19/11

VXX Options are Different

By Phil McDonnell

Some options models suffer from the fat tails problem. Let's examine an underlying index to understand this problem and how to work around it.

11:30AM 08/05/11

How to Use Probability Calculations

By Phil McDonnell

A trade with a high probability of success is a very different animal than a low probability long shot.

03:58PM 07/29/11

Is Gold or Silver Better

By Phil McDonnell

Phil McDonnell discusses whether GLD or SLV is the better trade at this time.

08:13AM 07/15/11

How to Evaluate an Option Play

By Phil McDonnell

Phil McDonnell looks at how he evaluates an option trade with EEM as a specific example.

08:23AM 06/17/11

The Importance of Portfolio Balance

By Phil McDonnell

It is entirely possible to have a winning system and still lose money, or even worse, blow up through over trading or poor portfolio allocation.

08:55AM 06/09/11

Position Size Rules for Options

By Phil McDonnell

You should consider this list of factors in figuring out how much to risk on each trade.

01:41PM 05/27/11

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