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Say I take 12 recommendations. Dividing my available resources equally, I can buy, on average, 100 shares of each stock.

If I buy call options from 6 to 12 months out, I can buy, on average, 6 contracts [controlling 600 shares] of each.

So my leverage with options is 6x that of stocks. Spreading it over 12 companies spreads my risk.

The problem is, of course, that an option can expire worthless, while even in a market meltdown the stocks will retain 55% of their value.

But going out 6 months to a year, and spreading it among 12 companies ....

I am hankering to go the options route, but would appreciate any knowledgeable advice to the contrary.
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