Mark Wolfinger

Mark Wolfinger moved to Chicago to become a market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in 1976. He left the CBOE in mid-2000 to concentrate on educating individual investors on conservative investments using options. Since that time he has written three books and numerous magazine articles. His latest book, "The Rookie's Guide to Options: The Beginner's Handbook of Trading Equity Options", is targeted to beginners and shows how options work and how to adopt and manage six different conservative strategies. He writes a blog and has an options educational website.

  1. Trading Instruments

    American Vs. European Options

    These two options have many similar characteristics, but it's the differences that are important.
  2. Trading Strategy

    The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  3. Investing Strategy

    Finding Your Investing Comfort Zone

    Choosing the right investments for you is the best way to feel comfortable with your portfolio.
  4. Trading Strategy

    Trade Smarter With Equivalent Positions

    Understanding the concept of equivalent positions will help you trade more efficiently and save money on trade fees.
  5. Trading Instruments

    4 Reasons To Hold Onto An Option

    There are times when an investor shouldn't exercise an option. Find out when to hold and when to fold.
  6. Managing Wealth

    Costless Collars: Because Asset Allocation Is Not Enough

    Collars are extremely flexible, and can be much more beneficial to your portfolio than asset allocation.
  7. Trading Strategy

    Trading OEX Options: The Risk Of Early Exercise

    Exercising early can benefit options traders, but only when trading American-style options.
  8. Trading Instruments

    Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.