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Free Learning & Analysis Tools
Welcome to Larry McMillan's Free Learning and Analysis Tools section, your destination for option education and trading resources including free option data and software to aide you in your option trading.
Option Trading Guidelines - An insightful article containing various guidelines that will generally keep you out of trouble, increase your efficiency of capital, and hopefully improve your chances of making money with options.
Which Option To Buy - An article explaining what contract is best in various option-buying situations.
Free Volatility Data - Historical Volatility data, Implied Volatility data, and the Current Implied Volatility Percentile for all stock, index and futures options updated weekly
Weekly Charts - S&P 500 (SPX), CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX), 21-Day Equity Only Put Call Ratio (PC21), and Weighted 21-Day Equity Only Put Call Ratio (PC21 w) charts updated each Friday
Option Workbench Tutorials - These recordings of the "Intro to Option WorkBench" and "Advanced Risk Analysis Using Option Workbench" webinars will help users understand and use the powerful Option Wokbench software.
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