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Weekly Calendar Spreads

By Lawrence G. McMillan

Ever since we ran an article last fall on selling weekly options, subscribers have been clamoring for (okay, well maybe not “clamoring,” but several have requested) an article on weekly calendar spreads. Of course, in that previous article, we promised a future article on weekly calendar spreads. So the time has arrived to try to tackle what is a far more complex subject than merely selling weekly puts. The calendar spread subject is complex because there are myriads of ways it can be approached – put calendars or call calendars? Which strike to buy: at- or out-of-the-money? How much time should be bought on the long side: just a week or two or (much) more? We’ll attempt to address as many of these questions as we can.

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