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The most useful starting point for thinking about options I have found is to think of them as the buying and selling of risk (or opportunity), or said another way that suits your question, of creating certainty, within certain time frames, of a certain outcome.

To me this is a helpful observation, because I'm not actually in the market for certainty; which makes me think this is not a strategy I'm going to like. The reason it has become interesting to me is that, getting back long after the crash in 2008-9, I decided that I would adopt an LTBH strategy in my cash account by way of diversifying my methods. The results have been good, but not having paid a capital gains tax in ten years has perhaps made me too wary. I used to be glad to do it, for obvious reasons, and I think that's the attitude I need to recapture.

This idea is probably Sparfarkle's.

Oh man, that takes me back ...

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