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Fool.com and many other financial sites offer "My portfolio"'s on the net. However, I have found nobody who offers "My portfolio"'s on the net which tracks our options: puts, calls, purchased, sold (or written), strangles, straddles, etc.
Can anyone refer me to some url's which will provide the same portfolio service for option trading that we receive from Fool.com and other financial websites for stock trading? Thank you

John Ormiston
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I don't know of any which combine options to create straddles, etc, but since they are just combinations, listing individual positions should be useful.

Try these places:
Invest-O-Rama (better than its name implies)
http://www.investorama.com/
Yahoo
http://finance.yahoo.com/

Both require you to register, but neither costs anything.

. Ed
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Subject: Tracking option portfolios on the web?
Author: jormiston Date: 1/12/01 2:50 PM Number: 3727

John asked about online port trackers that can handle options...

Head over here:
http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/portmgr/pmpi.asp?control=portfolio

The MSN port tracker does need to download some software and you will need to store a couple of cookies to make it works but, I think it is worth it. You can track stocks, mutuals, warrants, MMF's, CD's and other stuff too.

It has its faults, like any other, but it does a very good job.

Regards,
TAfool
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I use AIQ Options Database. Tracks almost any
option combination. But it is $40.00 / mo.
Hampton
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DataHog,

"...But it is $40.00 / mo"

AND it only works online.

. Ed
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I want to thank all of the fools who responded to my request for "where is there a site which enables us to track out option calls and puts?":

http://www.investorama.com/ Fool: edMulroy
http://finance.yahoo.com/ Fool: edMulroy
http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/portmgr/pmpi.asp?control=portfolio Fool: TAfool
http://www.optionetics.com/ Fool: msonif

I went to each site. The minimum site test was to see if the site's portfolio program could properly reflect puts.
I was unsuccessful at investorama, finance.yahoo, and msn moneycentral. (At msn, I did not succeed to enter the site's portfolio area.)
Optionetics.com processed calls and puts successfully. If the option symbol was entered correctly (read the site instructions for entering options very carefully), then the portfolio program recognized the calls and the puts. It showed the open call amounts and the accumulated earnings on the puts. Since I am a newbie in the area of option trading and still accumulating a lot of information from the Fool.com articles, CBOE, Ameritrade's DARWIN game, SchaeffersResearch.com and a number of other sites, I do not know enough yet to conclude the amounts stated by Optionetics.com is correct. But, in my opinion, Optionetics.com offers the best portfolio for tracking options on the Web. Thanks again,
John Ormiston
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"...But it is $40.00 / mo"

AND it only works online.
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Ed,
This is true. Do you or anyone know of an options
database/analysis service say < $50.00 mo. that
is better?? If so I would be interested. AIQ
probably isn't the best, but it is what I am
using now.
Thanks Hampton
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"Do you or anyone know of an options database/analysis service say < $50.00 mo. that is better??"

No I don't. I use AIQ. I had the options system enabled for two months but dropped it because it was real time only and didn't help me much. That doesn't mean that it won't help you - it all depends upon the investing style.

. Ed
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For the uninitiated, alphabet soup is horrible.

Who or what is AIQ?

Thanks.
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AIQ refers to AIQ Systems and their product, Trading Expert Pro. The options system we have been discussing are part of their product Options Expert which is an add-on to Trading Expert Pro.

You can find out about them at:
http://www.aiqsystems.com/prohome.htm

Visit them and look at the pages whose links are on the right. I think you'll see the power of this tool.

I use Track Data's MyTrack system for intraday and historical quotes, charting and options information. AIQ works with them such that the data is downloaded from MyTrack and the billing is combined into the MyTrack bill.

For delayed quotes MyTrack's system is free (this is the same one for which I pay). MyTrack is found at
http://www.mytrack.com/

Click on the "Download myTrack" link on the left to get the software.

. Ed

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http://www.medved.net/quotetracker/

caofao posted elsewhere: Take a look at Medved QuoteTracker. It has real time charts for ^TIC.O, ^STI.O, ^TIC.N, ^STI.N, ^VIX, etc... That should be of interest to you. No need to hit the reload button on Yahoo.

This supports MANY MANY providers of real-time and free delayed quotes. For me, I use "TDWaterhouse options ONLY" (I am a customer) and "Datek Streaming" (Free with registration).

The problem is Datek doesn't do options and TDW doesn't do stocks! QuoteTracker supports good portfolios with share count, price and comments, but no date. Use multiple ports. My options tracking port has the corresponding stocks interspersed. Too bad those quotes go dead when I switch from Streamer to TDW.

thanx.
--starling

BTW, here is a site I used to visit. It graphs historical quotes of many options. If there is enough volume, the intraday "10-day" graph is interesting. But note, the year graph shows an expired series of the symbol on the same graph -- kinda weird.
http://host.wallstreetcity.com/wsc2/Chart.html?&Symbol=ekuqp
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