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December 05, 2014:   Can you explain what a proxy is and how it relates to the world of options trading? 
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November 25, 2014:   What is the contract size of an equity option? 
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November 14, 2014:   What does it mean when a trader references a minimum price increment when trading options? 
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November 07, 2014:   Can you explain what the strike price of an option is? 
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November 03, 2014:   Can you explain how the bid-ask spread for options is determined? 
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October 24, 2014:   Can you explain what is meant when someone states, "The options on that stock are not very liquid." 
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October 17, 2014:   Can you explain what the real value and time value are of an option and how these two values are calculated? 
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October 10, 2014:   How do the terms in, at, and out-of-the-money describe the relationship of the strike price of an options to the current stock price? 
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October 03, 2014:   Can you explain the difference between an equity-settled option and a cash-settled option? 
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September 29, 2014:   How is it determined that a particular stock is ready for options to start trading on it? And, what factors lead up to options being listed on a particular stock? 
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