Options Installment Strategies

Long-Term Spreads for Profiting from Time Decay

  • Michael C. Thomsett

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About this book


An “installment strategy” in its most basic form, combines two options, one long-term position and one short-term. This strategy is designed as a conservative, no-cost method to either eliminate risk for future trading when stock is owned; or to fix the price for a future purchase of the underlying security.

Portfolio managers and experienced individual traders face a chronic problem – risk versus time. This goes beyond the well-known time decay of options and expands to the ever-present market risk to an underlying security. How do you execute a successful, conservative strategy and eliminate or reduce market risk?

In this book, a range of effective and creative strategies set out a conservative hedging system.  This involves the combination of long-term long positions offset by short-term short positions in various configurations.Options Installment Strategies presents variations on the well-known calendar spread and demonstrates how specific strategies work well in short-term swings and even during extended periods of consolidation.


Options Hedging Diagonal Spreads Options trading Trading Time Decay Short Calls or Short Puts Market Risk portfolio management calendar spread

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael C. Thomsett
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  1. 1.Spring Hill, TNUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99863-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99864-0
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