Deep in the money long term options here are cheap in comparison to the stock price... I just paid less than a fraction of 1% to push deep in the money August options out to 2015. If anyone else here is playing the options game too then you may want to consider a similar push.
For those who already own shares... I highly recommend you stay away from options unless you are selling some or unless you are using deep in the money ones to push a purchase out to a later time. For example, you can purchase 2015 deep in the money for approximately half the current share price plus a nominal time premium. If you don't have enough money to purchase one hundred shares of stock today, but you have enough to purchase half that then you could consider buying one deep in the money contract with an expiration date as far out as possible... If you do decide to try options then please please read as much as possible before you make any purchases. A lot of the out of the money options or barely in the money options expire worthless. Sure there is potential for big rewards if the stock soars, but that is rarely the case and the buyer loses out. I use deep in the money options to delay purchases that I'm am definitely going to make but I don't do it to gamble on the future value of the stock. Paying a very small premium for deep in the money 2015 fits my normal risk profile, but it might not fit yours if you end up buying a lot more contracts than the number of shares you plan to own. Good luck and be careful
2) he comes onto Yahoo msg boards out of the goodness of his heart to teach the world about options!
hmmm..... which do you think it is?
Spam is getting worse these days because it takes disguised forms like these.
If you don't already have a long education in the options market and years of experience trading them, don't touch options, especially in a crazy market like this.
If you can only afford 50 shares of DDD, only buy 50 shares of DDD. If you can only afford 10, buy 10. Options are NEVER cheap unless they are mispriced, and you won't be able to find mispriced options unless you have professional training.
Stay away from decaying assets and the people who pump them on the web.
I have to agree. The gains are never what you read about. The books also seldom tell you about the options expiry games played by the MMs that can completely eff you up even if you were right on many counts.