Options Guide



Time spreads, also known as calendar or horizontal spreads, can be a great options strategy. Generally, they involve both short- and long-term positions over differing expiration months that can be used as bullish, bearish or neutral strategies, making them appropriate for a number of investment scenarios. In this video we’ll look at the basics, uses for and risks of time spreads – with some time to discuss how to adjust your position if your forecast changes.

Vertical Spreads

Vertical spreads are straightforward option strategies with clear risk/reward outcomes. Join OIC’s Joe Burgoyne as he explains four different types of vertical spreads and compares them to other options choices. We’ll go over why these spreads can be a rewarding strategy and will have some practical points on entering and exiting vertical-spread positions.

Credit Spreads

A credit spread, which involves two or more options positions that generally have the same underlying, come in all shapes and sizes. Vertical spreads, horizontal spreads, call spreads, put spreads … with so much flexibility, there’s a credit spread that may be right for your investing experience and comfort level. This video will get you up-to-date on credit spreads and on the Iron Condor, a specific type of credit spread.

Diagonal Equity Spreads

Looking for a new approach to options investing? You could try a diagonal call spread, comprised of long and short positions with different strike prices and expiration dates. Bill Ryan, of The Options Industry Council, will discuss how diagonal spreads are constructed, as well as why this type of spread may be one you’ll want to add to your options toolbox.

Butterfly and Condor Options

Both butterflies and condors are multi-leg options strategies with limited risk and limited reward. OIC instructor Joe Burgoyne will take you through this one-hour session on these options strategies, including how they’re created and their profit-and-loss potentials.


Backspreads – a directional strategy that provide investors with an opportunity to participate in large underlying price moves – can be used with limited cash outlay and tailored risk. In just an hour, this video will discuss how these unique spreads involve either all calls (bullish) or all puts (bearish). It will also look at the impacts of time and implied-volatility changes on these trades, deltas, break-even prices and maximum profit and losses.

Trading Bull and Bear Spreads Strategies

Bull and bear spreads, which are directional option strategies, could be the right choice for your investing style. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll focus on vertical spreads – taking a look at how they’re constructed, what is the best target price for the underlying as we approach expiration, what risk factors you should consider and, of course, how much can you earn. We’ll also discuss how long to hold these positions. Join Ed Modla of OIC as he gets into the nitty-gritty of bull and bear spreads.

Bear Put Spreads

Have you ever been bearish on a stock, index or ETF, but think buying a put is too expensive and selling short is too risky? You might want to consider a Bear Put Spread. Watch this video to see how this options spread trading strategy can allow investors to benefit when markets are dropping.

Bull Call Spreads

Are you bullish on a stock or ETF, but don't want to risk buying shares outright? This video will explain how you express a bullish opinion with a spread strategy that requires less capital risk.

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