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PowerOptions Site Events, News and Notices...
March 9, 2020
The Custom Spread Tool/Profit-Loss Chart has been updated to not require the Adobe Flash plugin.
February 12, 2020
The Search tool for long strangles and short strangles has been improved to allow searching for strangles by numerical filters for call delta and/or put delta.
January 31, 2020
The option research page has been updated with a new charting tool that does not require the Adobe Flash plugin.
August 16, 2019
The "Search By Symbol" tools for condors, straddles, strangles, marrieds have been upgraded to interactively populate the month/expiration drop-down with the exact option expiration dates that are available for the stock/index you are researching.
August 2, 2019
% Net Debit has been added, as a data column choice, to the Straddles search tool. This piece of data can help you easily see how much your long straddle stock has to move (in percent) for the long straddle to be profitable.
August 1, 2019
Implied volatility to SIV ratio (IV/SIV) has been added, as a data column choice, for each option in the vertical spreads search tools. Viewing this piece of data on each option helps you asses if the option is over or undervalued based on it's current implied volatility compares to the average implied volatility of the other near-term near-money options.
July 16, 2019
The Position Analysis view of the Portfolio has been updated with a link to a Printer Friendly View.
June 18, 2019
The Search tools have been updated to allow a search across any strategy while using an "exclude" stock list that is a combination list of any list and one of your personal Watchlist's.
April 11, 2019
The store-front pages for RadioActiveTrading ( http://www.radioactivetrading.com/store/main.aspx ) have been upgraded to be responsive and more mobile friendly.
March 30, 2019
The store-front pages for PowerOptions ( http://botkamp.com/store/main.aspx ) have been upgraded to be responsive and more mobile friendly.
March 4, 2019
We have introduced and released a new online course catalog and education management site for all of our investment education videos and products. http://learn.botkamp.com/
January 25, 2019
We've added a listing of all historical dividend announcements for each stock going back to the beginning of 2018. This can show you if the dividend for any particular stock has been rising, declining, stagnant over time. The historical dividend announcement and dividend payment details can be seen on the Stock Detail tool also known as Stock Research.
January 15, 2019
Option Midpoint price is now available as a data column in the Option Chain tool.
January 9, 2019
Positions in the Portfolio tools have been upgraded to allow up to six legs per position.
November 15, 2018
Fixed some real-time price inconsistencies for the Option Chain tool when options with a bid price of zero were being updated.
November 14, 2018
Long and Short Strangles have been updated with delayed and real-time data for the % out of the money and delta for both options. The net credit and net debits have been changed to be based on midpoint pricing for the options. The return calculations will be based on the new net credits.
November 12, 2018
Upgraded the "Optionable Stocks with Ex-Dividend Dates in the Next 7 Days", "New 52-Week Price Highs Today", and "New 52-Week Price Lows Today" Reports with an interactive data table for paging through data, immediate searching, and ordering by multiple columns.
November 9, 2018
Upgraded the "Optionable Stock Earnings Announcements in the Next 14 Days" Report with an interactive table for immediate searching and ordering by multiple columns. Added a column for % Option Volume so it's easier to see which stocks have heavily increased option activity - possibly due to earnings announcement expectations.
November 1, 2018
The following improvements have been made to PowerOptions...
  1. Increased the number of watchlists for each user.
  2. Increased the number of Spreads, Iron Condors, Iron Butterfly positions we create for inclusion in search results.
  3. Increased the type size and white-space padding in the Search tool results tables for better readability.
  4. Added a total position change to the Portfolio --> Snapshot tool so you can easily see the change in total cash value of your positions for the current/most recent trading session.
  5. Increased the type size and white-space padding in the Portfolio --> Alert Summary results tables for better readability.

October 15, 2018
Increased the number of Spreads, Iron Condors, Iron Butterfly positions we create for inclusion in search results.
December 18, 2017
While PowerOptions users have always had the option of pointing their browser to the SSL encrypted version of the site, http:// rather than http://, and our personal info pages and billing pages have always been SSL encrypted... We just updated the site to automatically do this all the time for every page. Moving forward, all users who logon to PowerOptions will enjoy the comforting peace of mind that comes with having every page on the site under SSL encryption.
September 1, 2017
Our search tools have been upgraded to search by mid-point net credits for all four vertical spreads, iron condors and iron butterfly trades. While limit trade orders using the mid-point are not guaranteed for immediate execution like market orders, most mid-point orders will execute and mid-point fills could increase your spread returns by 20 to 30% over market orders. As a result of this upgrade, more spread results will meet your search criteria than before. If you need help limiting your search results further, please call in or email us and we can help improve your search criteria. For vertical spreads, consider using the 'Short Bid-Ask Spread' and 'Long Bid-Ask Spread' filter at less than $1 or $0.50 to find spreads that are more fairly priced.
May 1, 2017
Straddle search and back-testing tools have been updated. When searching for 'expiration between now and expiration' we have removed stocks that are expecting earnings announcements today. This means you won't have to worry about if those stocks are announcing before market (in the past so this already happened) or in the future, like after market close.
February 17, 2017
The option calculator tools have been updated to show and use the option price midpoint in calculations. As always, you can use your own pricing to calculate returns and break-evens, but the default view uses the mid-point between option bid and option ask for each option you analyze.
January 10, 2017
We have recently implemented a major server upgrade. This improvement will bring better security and improved page load times across all of the Power Financial Group Inc. web sites. Initial numbers show that botkamp.com pages have seen between 30% and 50% page speed improvements. Thanks for your continued support and patience during this upgrade process.
June 23, 2016
We are always testing and improving the trades we publish on PowerOptions! The newly added "picks of the day" for covered calls and naked puts have been updated. We have refined the criteria that we use to make those picks. The criteria have been improved by iterating through many criteria adjustments and back-testing the results.

Look for the "see how we developed these results" links on each of the picks tool pages for more information on the back-testing process and how we've improved the results that these past trades would have had.
May 27, 2016
We have added a new tool to the naked put section of the site. You will find a "Picks of the Day" link under the naked put tab. This tool shows our top 3 naked put picks updated at 11am on trading days.
May 16, 2016
We have added a new tool to the covered call section of the site. You will find a "Picks of the Day" link under the covered call tab. This tool shows our top 3 covered call picks updated at 11am on trading days.
February 9, 2016
The portfolio tools have been updated to show current prices for options as the mid-point price between the bid and ask price. This should give you a better idea of your actual liquidation value for each option, rather than the bid/ask prices we previously showed which was worst-case scenario if you entered a market order to close a position with your broker.

The portfolio tools column headings have also been updated with new, more robust pop-help/mouse over style and definitions.
December 22, 2015
The calendar call spreads and calendar put spreads have been upgraded to use weekly options. Each spread can now be set to search for 1 week and 2 week expiration date differentials between the long and short options.
November 9, 2015
As part of our ongoing pursuit of site improvement, we have updated the back-end processing for our main Position Portfolio tool resulting in a 30% to 80% increase in page load speed. Everyone will see faster load times, those tracking a larger number of positions will see the most increase in speed or decrease in page load time.
September 1, 2015
The availability of covered combination spreads has been updated and improved with more spreads closer in expiration like weekly options and more spreads further out in time as well.
August 24, 2015
The usability of the tab navigation system on the tools has been improved with larger fonts and more white space for easier viewing and clicking.
August 4, 2015
The custom spread tool and position analysis tools have been updated to show the volatility/implied volatility for each option in the "expected profit/loss" section of the page.

You can also enter your own volatility figure to be used in the calculation if you have an idea that it might change between now and your position expiration.
November 25, 2014
The portfolio tools have been upgraded with easier trade entry and edit capabilities. Any dates that you have to choose are now calendar "date pickers" rather than typing in a date. Any multi-leg positions you enter will perpetuate the appropriate number of contracts to the other legs based on your first entered leg.
November 18, 2014
The main Portfolio tool has been updated with a tab navigation system, larger fonts, more white space for easier reading and a new view that shows important event dates like recent/upcoming earnings announcements and ex-dividend date.
November 7, 2014
We've had Earnings Dates for years, but today we added "after market" or "before market" next to the dates on the Stock Detail tool. This helps provide one more level of detail for the Earnings traders.
November 3, 2014
Our Portfolio tools have been updated with a new view to allow seeing the Greeks like Delta, Theta, etc. for your options positions. Let us know if you have any further ideas to improve these new views.
October 22, 2014
We have updated our Free Live/Archive Webinars page with a new design to make finding webinars of interest easier. Please let us know if you have other ideas for improvement.
October 20, 2014
To make options expiration easier, we have added an "Expire All Options" choice to the "Position Actions" menu item, of the "Edit More Info" buttons, of the Portfolio tools, for any option transaction line, to expire all options in the position at once. This is especially handy for condor and butterfly positions, but applies to any positions you might have.
October 8, 2014
Limit Search Results to 1 Per Security

As the market becomes more volatile you may see several results in your Search from the same security. Different strike prices on the same security still match your criteria, but in a real portfolio you will likely only trade one position on a security at a time. You can now limit your Search results to 1 option trade per security. Simply look for the check-box in the 'Price/Strike Price' section of the Options tab in the Parameter Field.
July 23, 2014
Portfolio Alerts Emailed to You!

PowerOptions subscribers can now select to have their Portfolio Alerts emailed to you when an alert is triggered. This new feature scans all Alerts across all your Portfolios on a regular basis for timely notifications. To Opt-In to this new feature simply click the 'Email Alerts' box in the Profit and Loss Portfolio tool, and make sure to check out the two new Help Videos on setting Alerts and the new Email Alert feature!
June 2, 2014
You asked for faster tools and data - we have made it happen! We have upgraded our servers! All page load times should be 25% to 75% faster than before. All PowerOptions tools plus the Historical Data and Backteting tools should have noticeably faster response times.
May 20, 2014
A short video was added to the search page for each strategy to instruct how to change and customize search parameter settings.
April 16, 2014
The Bid-Ask Spread filter has been added to the Search tool for all strategies. You can now filter for the monetary Bid-Ask Spread for each option in multi-leg strategies.

But sometimes, that is not enough. A $1.00 Bid-Ask Spread might not seem that high when looking at higher priced options. To satisfy this need, we have also added the % Bid-Ask Spread for each option in every strategy as well. The % Bid Ask Spread compares the monetary Bid-Ask spread against the option premium.

These criteria are also available as column selections in the Search By Symbol tools.
March 19, 2014
The Collar and Short Collar pages have been updated with two new criteria:

Time Value Ratio: Compares the long (bought) option time value vs. the short (sold) option time value.

Implied Volatility Ratio: Compares the short (sold) option IV vs long (bought) option IV.

These ratios will help Collar and Short Collar investors better compare the premiums and IV's of the two options for analysis.
November 26, 2013
The portfolio alert system has been updated to color code each alert by sentiment:

Alert Configuration Page:
Each alert allows you to now select a red, yellow, or green background for the alert. The color selections only appear when you activate a given alert. The top section of the alert detail page was redesigned to show a smaller stock chart (unhidden) by default now, and a small explanation of the new background colors to the right of the chart. The chart is a hyperlink now, and will open a pop-up window to BigCharts with a more detailed chart.

Portfolio Trade Entry Page:
The automatic alerts that we set for you on options and iron condors have been updated to automatically set the alert sentiment color as well. The 80% decrease in short option price alert will be green and the iron condor alerts will be red. You can change these alerts and colors anytime you wish.

Portfolio P/L Page:
The alert column in the My Portfolio tool now shows the color of the worst alert for each position. So, it will only show green if there aren't any yellow or red alerts also triggered at that time for the position. Same for yellow - yellow only shows if there are no red alerts triggered for the position. The Lower Limit/Upper Limit columns that were normally colored red now show the color specified for that alert.

Portfolio Summary Page:
The alerts on the portfolio summary page are now color coded by alert sentiment specified for that alert.
November 18, 2013
The spread SmartSearchXL tool for vertical spreads and calendar spreads now allows sorting the results by the % out-of-the-money (OTM).

The following tools have been updated:
  • The Spread SmartSearchXL Tool, handling Credit, Debit, and Calendar Spreads
  • The Spread Historical SmartSearch Tool
  • The PowerOptions API Webservice
November 14, 2013
The Custom Spread Tool now allows adding additional trade lines to the entry area. The tool will default to 4 trade lines, but under the last trade line is a button that says "+ Add Trade Line". When this button is clicked another trade line will appear at the bottom of the existing trade lines, and directly above the button. The previous version of the tool was limited to 6 trades total and always showed all lines even if they were not used.
October 7, 2013
A new indicator has been added to the Market Sentiment tools. It measures the gap between the MACD and the signal line of the SPX. Both are shown in the stock research page. The wider the gap the greater the indication that the stock may be over bought or over sold.
August 29, 2013
The "Market Sentiment" tool has been enhanced with a historical view. Changes in the sentiment indicator can be viewed one month back in time. A 20 minute video has also been added to explain the Market Sentiment tool.
August 12, 2013
We have added to the Signature Tools tab a new feature called Market Sentiment. It consists of 12 indicators to help determine if the market is bullish, neutral, or bearish. The indicators provide an overall summary, but each indicator can be viewed under details to see its distribution over the last 5 years or its performance vs. the SPX.
May 30, 2013
The site has been updated with a Volatility Skew tool. This tool allows you to quickly and easily see the implied volatility's of all options in the same expiration cycle for any underlying. By comparing the implied volatility this way, an investor can see 'strike skew' where implied volatility might be high or low as well as outlying spikes or troughs.

If call volatility's are higher than put volatility's, this indicates that traders are buying calls. If put volatility's are higher than call volatility's, this indicates that traders are buying puts.

Due to put-call parity and investors tending toward buying OTM puts for protection and selling OTM calls for income, we expect, in most cases, to see higher implied volatility for strike prices below the current price of the underlying and lower implied volatility for strike prices above the current price of the underlying.
May 16, 2013
A new filter for MACD has been added to the PowerOptions Search tool for all strategies! This new filter (located in the Technicals tab) will allow you to search for stocks where the MACD is above or below the Signal Line and by how many days. You will also be able to screen for stocks where the MACD and Signal Line are above or below the Zero line. This filter will allow you to better screen for stocks with positive or negative momentum.
April 26, 2013
The new streamlined Search tool is live! The Search tool upgrade will allow you to more quickly find, view and change criteria in the parameter field for any strategy. You will also be able to view your active filters that are being used in a given search and quickly link to those filters to make adjustments.
April 3, 2013
Ideally we want to enter a bullish position just as the stock is about to move up. It's not possible to know in advance when the move will occur, but we can get an early indicator once the move has started. Using the PowerOptions screener an investor can scan the entire market very quickly to find a first-time stock price crossing of a moving average - such a crossing occurrence could signal a buying opportunity.

We have added a filter that allows investors to filter stocks by the number of days the stock price is over or under the SMA 20, SMA 50 and the number of days the SMA 20 is over or under the SMA 50. These filters are available in all strategy searches, historical searches and viewable columns in the results.
March 20, 2013
Added a measure of the number of up or down days for each issue. This is a short term measure of strength or weakness in each issue. This feature is available as a screening parameter, column choice to display, and for historical searches.
March 15, 2013
The position analysis page as part of "My Portfolio" has been updated with a "What if Calculations" link. This link will allow trial calculations on a position based on a price and date projection to evaluate the price performance of the position.
February 4, 2013
In response to 'Continuous Weekly Options', we've made adjustments to the expiration selection menus in the Search and Option Chain tools. We have modified the Search tools to allow screening for 'All Weeklies', which includes all weekly options from 1 to 6 weeks out. The standard expiration cycles are separated so you can quickly screen for just the standard expiration cycles (including quarterlies).

In the Option Chain you can select the view of a specific weekly series or all expiration cycles.
January 31, 2013
As a result of the 'Continuous Weeklies', the option descriptions have been updated across the site to include expiration day of the month. So each option description will clearly describe the contract, i.e. $SPX 2013 02-FEB 1,500 CALL
December 14, 2012
Last November we made available spread calculations based on the mid-point between the bid and ask prices. Those calculations have now been carried over to the Position Analysis pages to show the Liquidation Prices of credit spread positions based on the use of mid-point prices. The use of mid-point values can generally increase returns considerably.
September 7, 2012
Backend Power Financial Group Inc. system upgrade. All four of our web sites now have a unified logon with email address and consitent password. New online store sites for easy and consitent product purchases and subscription signup. More security added for sensitive information.
March 21, 2012
Upgraded the Position Analysis for Long Puts in the Profit/Loss Portfolio:
* Convert Long Put to Calendar Put
* Roll Put to Lower Strike to lock in profits
* Liquidate Half or All of Profitable Put position
November 28, 2011
We have made some major enhancements to the spreads capability on the PowerOptions site. We call the new feature a "Mid-Point Spread Chain". All of the spreads created are based on using the mid-point between the bid and the asked prices. We have found that using the mid-point for limit orders will generally bring in larger credits and increase our returns. Just to summarize the features:

* Mid-points used for the return calculations
* The chain can be screened for:

- Spread width i.e. 1, 2, 5, 10 points
- Minimum credit or max. net debit
- % in or out of the money range
- Minimum % Return
- An expiration month can be selected

In addition, this tool allows you to view the Parity trades of the vertical spreads using the mid-point calculations.

A Profit and Loss Chart and further details can be accessed by clicking the [+] icon next to any spread.

This tool can be accessed by:
* Type in a stock symbol at the top of the page and click 'Spread Chain'
* Link to the Spread Chain from the More Info. buttons on the Search and Search by Symbol tool on vertical spreads and Iron Condor strategies.

There is a brief help video available as well. When you open the Spread Chain tool, simply click the '?' icon next to the tool title.
May 19, 2011
For the P/L Position Portfolio Tool: We have merged the events and notes tools into one tool. So, any positions you have notes for will now be shown with the 'events' that our system naturally saves each time a trade adjustment is made.

Summary features of this change:
  • The time stamp/stock price prefix is populated for your use on each new note entry.
  • A 6 month stock chart is shown on the notes/events page to help your analysis and feed your note thoughts.
  • Add custom event entries for your positions as before but you no longer have to click a link to make the entry box appear.
  • Edit existing custom notes entries anytime.
  • Add notes to any automatic event entries that are created from position modifications anytime.
February 3, 2011
Strategy Search Summary updated with expiration date dropdown so that it dynamically updates itself for stock symbol changes in the text box provided.
The dropdown will list only the expiration dates available for that particular stock. It will show a "(weekly)" next to a weekly expiration and a "(quarter #)" where # is a 1, 2, 3, or 4 for quarterly expiration.
January 24, 2011
Added the capability to set an alert to trigger when earnings are within X days from the current date. This is an early warning that earnings are about to be announced. Also added an alert for "Days to Ex-Div."
November 9, 2010
The tab navigation has been modified to change sub-tab menu items in real-time as your mouse pointer hovers over each main tab. This eliminates the need for clicking the main tab to see the sub-tab then clicking again on the sub-tab item. Once your mouse leaves the tab navigation area, the menus will restore back to the original selected main tab and sub-tab for your current page.
September 14, 2010
The Power Financial Group, Inc. is proud to announce the issuance of our 3rd US patent, entitled, System and Method for Analyzing and Searching Financial Instrument Data.
August 31, 2010
Added %Call and %Put OTM for Covered Combinations as column choices

Added a brief stock detail report for non-optional stocks

Clear these settings button now also clears the SMA boxes of screen parameters
June 11, 2010
MY Home page was modified to show recent market data using pods. Pods are available for new highs, new lows, earnings announced, stock splits, most up, most down and more can be added based on request. Click on the "?" next to the "Add a new Pod" to learn more about it. Give us some feedback.
March 1, 2010
Our new "Iron Condor" book just arrived. It is selling like hot cakes and no wonder, Iron Condors describes the strategy we have been using over the last year that has yielded 6% per month. Our Optium, Iron Condor service is up over 70% in the last year. Click HERE or PowerStore tab to get your copy of the book.
January 27, 2010
The whole industry is updating and changing for the Options Symbology Initiative (OSI). We have gotten some questions regarding what will be shown on PowerOptions and how our subscribers will be able to interact with their brokers. As a result, we have sent out an email to explain the changes and also posted a blog article. As more information becomes available, we will continue to post comments here and to the blog article.
November 22, 2009
The charts on Position Analysis, Profit/Loss, Options Research and Allocation have been updated with new features:
  • 3 line capability shows present and expiration values.
  • Show/Hide each line by clicking the legend.
  • Data pop-up to see the numerical data when mouse is over any data point.
  • Right mouse click chart to print or expand to full page.
We also added a previous and next link next to portfolio selection in the Profit/Loss portfolio. Investors that have several portfolios can now easily click through multiple portfolios.
November 13, 2009
The Portfolio Tools have been updated to include a "Portfolio Alerts Summary" page. This allows you to view all of the alerts you have set, and have triggered, for any position in any portfolio all at once.

This page will be especially useful for investment advisors, financial planners, and large scale retail investors who follow many positions and/or many different portfolios since it allows a quick snapshot of all positions whose alerts have been triggered without having to load each portfolio separately.

To use the new tool: From the 'MY PORTFOLIO' Tab, just click the 'ALERT SUMMARY' sub-tab.
November 3, 2009
The Search tools have been expanded to include "# Days Short Interest". This parameter is often used by investors to anticipate a short squeeze. Also both "# Days Short Interest" and "% Short Interest" have been added as possible column display values.

For more information:
October 22, 2009
The following changes have been made to the PowerOptions Portfolio tools:
  • Cash on Hand is now displayed on the QuickAdd list. A cash on hand of $100,000 is shown by default for new portfolios.
  • Portfolio Name and Cash on Hand are now displayed on the new position entry form.
  • Two new sets of alerts have been added for option positions:
    • Time Value ($)
    • Time Value (%)
    • Lower and Upper limits are available for each alert.
August 10, 2009
The Position Analysis tool and Position Simulator tool have been updated for Collars and Long Stocks. Long stocks that have a profit of more than 20% could be insured with put protection or hedged by writing a call against the position or both. The before and after scenario can be graphically viewed with the position simulator.
July 10, 2009
Our webinar archive has been upgraded to include webinars in multiple file formats in case your computer has trouble loading or showing them. Recorded webinars that teach some option trading strategies, option search tools, option trade management are now available in the following formats: Flash, Silverlight, WMV, YouTube.
June 17, 2009
The following enhancements have been made to the PowerOptions search tools...

Collar search tools upgraded to find collars where expiration dates for both options are equal or separated, i.e. some investors like collars where put and call expire at the same time, others like collars where the put expires further out in time from the call, and still others like puts to expire before the call.

Upgraded Position Portfolio now allows you to enter a dividend event for a position you are tracking, as a result, the EFFECTIVE COST PER SHARE column is then updated to reflect the dividend.

Position Analysis Tools have been upgraded for the LONG CALLS strategy to now show some roll-out opportunities/ideas.
May 25, 2009
Updates have been made to the PowerOptions tools...

Short Collars strategy added to the site so subscribers can search for, track, and get help managing short collar trades.

Enhanced the Married Put and Collar Position Analysis Tools to show roll-out opportunities.
April 6, 2009
Upgraded Position Analysis & Management: With one-click ease, the PowerOptions Portfolio tools show you POSITION ANALYSIS on all of your positions. Most of these analyses show ROLL OUT OPPORTUNITIES - that is, trades you might consider if your position has made or lost a significant amount of money. NOW, most of the ROLL OUT OPPORTUNITIES have been upgraded to show you a SIMULATE TRADE comparison. That is - you can see your current trade on the same screen as the new trade that would be created if you did perform the roll-out idea - for easy comparison.
February 13, 2009
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  • Learn how to control and limit risk.
  • Learn Optimal Position Sizing.
  • Learn to Earn Income while your capital is protected.
  • Learn to limit your total losses to less than 10%.
These are proven techniques that allow you to better control your investment success over the long term - even when the markets are down 30% to 40%.
October 16, 2008
We have just purchased the rights to publish and distribute a new course for "Bulletproofing" your trades. More details are available in this free white paper called: The Sketch.

We are planning a live webinars to show it off.

Anyone trading covered calls owes it to their financial well-being to check this out. To be alerted of any new developments as we update this course, please join The Sketch mailing list.

We have also updated our Simulated Trading Tool and the manual and to accompany the tool.

August 20, 2008
Our advisory newsletter service, PowerOptionsApplied.com, has introduced the . This service provides recommendations using neutral credit spreads (Iron Condors) with a targeted goal of 4%/mo. return. Generally 9 out of 10 positions are profitable.
July 18, 2008
Since the addition of the MARRIED PUT strategy tools, we have received plenty of feedback and suggestions for improvement. As a result, we have upgraded the MARRIED PUT POSITION ANALYSIS tool to show possible follow-up management trade ideas for your existing married put trades.

The nature of the trade is that it won't be profitable unless the stock rises significantly or you do some management trading to help pay for the cost of the put insurance you purchased.

Now, when you analyze your married put trades in the position analysis tool, and your stock has moved up or down by 5% or more, the tool will show you some trading ideas that may help generate income and make you more profitable faster.
June 9, 2008
Got a stock that is profitable right now and you want to lock-in that profit to guarantee it will stay no matter where the stock goes? You can do exactly that by purchasing a long put option and making your long stock a married put strategy.

We have just added a new tool to the site that will illustrate each married put that might be created from your exact stock position - the tool will show you what puts you might purchase and what profit you can lock in and for how long.

In fact, you might even consider selling some call options to help finance the put purchase, and the tool will show you those details as well - helping you turn a long stock or married put position into a collar play.

Two ways to access the POSITION INSURANCE tool...

1. From the MORE INFO button next to a long stock position in the portfolio.
2. From the MARRIED PUT or COLLARS strategy tabs.
May 15, 2008
You can now view the price and return data in a chain view for Fixed Return Options (FROs). To access this chain simply click the Other Strategies Tab and add Fixed Return Options to your available strategies. If you are unfamiliar with FROs, there are numerous resources available in the Fixed Return Options Learning Center located on the FRO Home Page.
May 7, 2008
A new strategy has been added to the PowerOptions tools, Extended Collars. This new strategy will allow you to screen for Collars where:
  • The put can have the same expiration month as the call or be further out in time.
  • The put can be OTM for standard collars or ITM to allow for greater protection, but less return.
  • The put can be below the call strike price or above.

These new strategy tools allow much more flexibility to find positions with a very low risk, but still include the standard Collar positions as well. The "Extended Collar" feature will eventually replace the "Collar" strategy presently used. If you use the collar strategy, we suggest you replace it with the Extended Collar version by using the Other Strategies tab.
April 25, 2008
A date filter has been added to allow screening for earnings out several weeks independent of expiration date. This will allow a search for recent earnings events when using straddles, strangles, or buying puts or calls.
March 20, 2008
The PROFIT/LOSS CHART links on the SmartSearchXL and OneStrike tools has been updated to use the custom spread builder/analyzer tool. This link is more informative than the previous link which only showed a chart. This tool will show the chart and allow you to make position adjustments and see how the position could turn out over time with price changes.
March 19, 2008
Search filters have been added to the SmartSearchXL for Bid/Ask Spread on the following strategies:
  • Covered Call/Put
  • Naked Call/Put
  • Long Call/Put
  • Married Call/Put
The bid/ask spread data is available for filtering, sorting, and viewable in the result set.
March 18, 2008
The Custom Spread Tool has been updated to include a new theoretical profit/loss line in the P/L graph. This line is an estimate of P/L at the half way mark between today and option expiration. If you recalculate the position, then the half-life line adjusts to the new analysis date. This feature is particularly important for option strategies like straddles, strangles and married puts where you expect to exit the position before expiration. Also, we have added the % Maximum Risk for applicable strategies.
The following search filters have been added to the SmartSearchXL for Iron Condors and Iron Butterflies:
  • % Prob Above Short Put
  • % Prob Below Short Call
These columns are available for filtering, sorting, and viewable in the result set.
The SmartSearchXL tools have been updated to allow sorting by Industry & Sector.
March 13, 2008
The site has been updated with two more option strategies: Married Puts and Married Calls. These new strategies have been added to the SmartSearchXL, OneStrike, SmartHistoryXL tools for searching and back-testing. You can search for them by some value-added calculations like maximum risk and percent maximum risk. For more information, each strategy has a strategy help page like our other 20 strategies.
Due to popular demand the stop-loss columns have been added back into the regular Position Portfolio view.
February 27, 2008
The Position/PaperTrading Portfolio has been upgraded with some new features.
  • The Portfolio now handles custom spread positions with up to four legs, including ratio spread positions. Further increased flexibility allows closing any number of trades in a multi-leg position. The custom spread tool allows one-click convenience for adding any spread position into the portfolio.
  • An improved alert system allows alerts to be set for stock price, option prices, value change, percent change, Bollinger Band® crossover, 52 week high/low crossover, and SMA crossover.
  • An improved position events/notes feature allows you to track all of the changes and adjustments you encounter with each position, including the ability to add custom notes.

January 16, 2008
The SmartHistoryXL tool has been updated to include the search by symbol allowing you to screen one stock symbol at a time. Stocks in your Watch List have also been added into the Recommended List field of the SmartHistoryXL tool. These features were previously added to the SmartSearchXL tool.
You can now screen for and view %Probability Above Call and %Probability below Put in the Collar Strategy.
We have updated the Sample Search section for all strategies. These are not recommendations of what to trade, but the criteria can be used as a stepping stone to help you create your own search that matches your risk-reward tolerance.
January 2, 2008
New updates have been made to the SmartSearchXL Tools. You can now use the full filtering capability of the SmartSearchXL tool while searching for one stock or index at a time by simply entering a stock symbol in the SEARCH BY SYMBOL box on the tool itself. This works much like the current search by symbol tools, but affords the greater filtering capability of the SmartSearchXL tools.
You can now use the stock symbol list that is in your PowerWatch WATCHLIST as a RECOMMENDED LIST to filter in the SmartSearchXL tool. Your WATCHLIST will appear in the RECOMMENDED LIST for each strategy.
December 24, 2007
The Bollinger Band® capability has been enhanced. Two new screening variables have been added % BB (20) and % Band Width (20). Our present capability could only find stocks outside the bands, with % BB (20) you can now screen for a stock price any place in or out of the band. Zero is defined as the bottom of the Band and 100 as the top. A number of greater than 105 would be all break outs 5% over the top band.
% Band Width (20) gives a measure of the recent volatility. A narrow band is interpreted as low volatility, which will eventually expand. Large numbers can be used as an overbought indicator. Both default and sample search settings have been set up to get you started.
November 27, 2007
We have just released a spread building tool for all of you who are looking for specialty spreads. This tool allows you to build and analyze: Ratio Spreads, Reversal Spreads, All Call and All Put Condor Spreads and Butterfly Spreads, etc. You can build any spread that can be built with up to 4 separate option trades in any proportion or long/short stock in combination with up to 3 options. Once built, the tool will present you with margin requirements, max risk, max gain, and graphical analysis of the potential risk/return for the trade. Further, since most investors don't have option symbols memorized, we have outfitted this tool with a new way to view the available options for any given stock and the capability to add them into the analysis with ease. You can find the new custom spread builder tool as a new TAB you can add using the OTHER STRATEGIES tab in the navigation - or as a secondary tab under each regular spread strategy tab.
We have just released our first recorded Webinar. This Webinar is an 11 minute session introducing PowerOptions tools from logon to performance of a SmartSearch. We plan to have other recorded Webinars available on the site under the Learning Center in the near future and also plan to host some live Webinars for those interested in getting more out of the PowerOptions suite of tools. You can access the Webinar from the Learning Center: Webinars link.
November 26, 2007
Due to popular demand the SmartSearchXL Tools have been upgraded to include search criteria for Bollinger Band® breakouts. This feature allows you to find stocks that are breaking out above upper bands at 20, 50, 100, and 250 days or breaking out below lower bands at 20, 50, 100, and 250 days - based on 2 standard deviations or stock price movement. Many popular investment strategies operate based on the belief that stocks will continue to operate outside the Bollinger Bands or belief that stock prices will return within the bands.
October 19, 2007
The "Search by Symbol" tool is now available to SmartHistoryXL subscribers. You can now view historical positions one stock or index at a time for any day since April 2006 using the historical Search by Symbol tool.
October 16, 2007
The Option Chain tool has been upgraded to allow historical data. The tool appears normal with current data by default - Now you can use the PREV, NEXT, and CURRENT links to see the option chain with data from previous days. Up to 8 previous trading days is available to everyone - a chain from any day in our historical data is available for SmartHistoryXL subscribers.
A subscription to SmartHistoryXL allows you to backtest and fine-tune any of your search criteria or our default search criteria interactively on any day since April 2006 and see how your search results would have performed from search to expiration day.
September 26, 2007
You can now roll Covered Calls with one click in the Profit/Loss Portfolio. Simply select "Roll Out" from the "Position Options" menu to access the new feature.
You can now roll Covered Call opportunities from the Position Analysis Roll Out Opportunities into your Profit/Loss Portfolio.
% Unchanged Annual has been added to the Calendar Call and Put SmartSearchXL tools.
% EPSG has been added to the Credit and Debit Spread, Straddle, and Strangle SmartSearchXL tools.
The navigation menu has been updated to allow for up to eight strategy tabs to be viewable at one time. In the "Other Strategies" menu configuration, default menu configurations have been provided for Bullish, Bearish, and Neutral strategies.
August 7, 2007
The Position Portfolio tool has been updated with a new user interface and now has the added capability of seeing some Position Analysis data. The Position Analysis data is still available for each position by clicking the More Info link next to a position, but now you can monitor the liquidation and expiration information for all positions in a portfolio at once.

Also added some market averages (Dow Ind., S&P 500, and NASDAQ) to the Profit/Loss page to allow comparison to your portfolio changes.
July 19, 2007
The Position Analysis tool has been updated to show Roll Out opportunities for the Naked Put Strategy. If you are tracking a Naked Put trade in your portfolio click the More Information button, select Position Options then Position Analysis to view potential management techniques.
The Stock Research Tool has been expanded to include the % Current Option Volume and the Average Daily Option Volume.
The Power Tips have been expanded. There are now a variety of helpful hints available on the various tools and strategy home pages.
June 7, 2007
A month selector was added to the Profit / Loss Portfolio. This will allow you to view just the options expiring in a given month to help manage rolling trades.
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