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Best Cheap Stocks for Options Trading

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Best Cheap Stocks for Options Trading

The market as a whole is off to a volatile start in 2022. While not ideal, this does create several buying opportunities for investors on all ends of the spectrum. Especially those with less buying power, this is the perfect opportunity to buy in on some quality stocks.

Cheap stocks are usually an indicator that something is wrong with the firm, however this isn’t always the case. We have researched and compiled a list of cheap but quality stocks that are good buys right now. Furthermore, you can maximize this opportunity in the market by trading options. 

The Best Cheap Stocks for Options Trading

Let’s review some cheap but quality stocks that can be great to trade options with and add to your portfolio. 

Banco Santander (NYSE:SAN)

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2.66 – 2.75

2.68 – 4.24

2.74

17.08B

8.29M/6.18M

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45.95B

17.08B

0.1102/4.05%

15.280

0.00K

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This is a Spanish multinational financial services company and the 16th largest banking institution in the world. Within the last five days, SAN stock has seen a decrease in share prices from selling at $3.23 per share to now $2.82 per share. 

However, given the nature of the present economic conditions, we believe SAN is a buy. The business is diversified within itself which provides protection to investors. The stock also offers a combination of exposure to high growth emerging banking markets as well as to somewhat stable developed banking markets. Furthermore, stocks from financial institutions are favorable during inflationary periods. 

Analysts believe that there is still room for growth and for SAN to improve their profitability. Therefore, we recommend taking a long position for SAN stock.

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Mizuho Financial Gr (NYSE:MFG)

2.17 – 2.21

2.15 – 3.04

2.17

12.67B

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2.45M/1.28M

27.63B

12.67B

0.1389/6.43%

18.820

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0.00K

Mizuho Financial is one of the largest financial services companies in Japan. Their stock has been on a downward trend since the beginning of the year and now sits at $2.16. It is important to note though that the banking environment in Japan has been struggling the last few years which can explain the consistently low share price. However, the company has begun taking initiatives to move towards digitizing its business to cut costs, improve profitability, and have an edge over its competitors. 

Overall, we foresee MFG continuing to make improvements within their business along with the overall environment for banking in Japan to improve. There is potential for MFG to grow and gain market share in new areas of financial services. Our consensus is to go long on MFG stock. 

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Telefonaktiebolaget L M (NASDAQ:ERIC)

7.29 – 7.45

7.3 – 13.4

7.39

3.33B

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8.86M/8.51M

24.47B

3.33B

0.2471/3.35%

33.240

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0.00K

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, or more commonly known as Ericsson, is a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications firm. Their stock price currently stands at $7.58 with a 52-week range of 7.30-13.40. While having received some disruptive press recently, due to a 2019 incident, technical and fundamental analysis points to the company being in good standings. Analysts believe that the financial health and growth prospect of the company shows potential to beat the market. Given the recent news that has been affecting the share price, we believe this is a great opportunity to buy in on ERIC stock. 

Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)

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5.9 – 6.02

5.89 – 6.88

5.97

3.94B

18.59M/18.70M

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23.34B

3.94B

0.0878/1.48%

20.920

705.33M

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Sirius XM is an American Broadcasting company with a $24.44 billion market cap. Recently, the stock has been underperforming compared to the market and currently stands at $6.11 per share. Despite reporting subpar first quarter earnings, the company believes the business will pick up in the second half of the year. With much of the company’s downfalls being related to the aftermath effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes that need to be made in order to improve the business are well within reach. 

As disruptions in their supply chain and disruptions within the auto industry ease up, we can expect SIRI to rebound. Because much of this stock’s downfall is related to outside factors and aren’t due to internal factors, we believe that this is the perfect opportunity for investors to maximize the dip and go long on SIRI. 

Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE:LYG)

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2 – 2.08

2.01 – 3

2.07

17.40B

16.35M/12.93M

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35.16B

17.40B

0.1029/5.04%

34.680

0.00K

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LLoyds Banking Group is one of the UK’s largest financial organizations. Reporting strong first quarter earnings as well as strong growth in income and margins, we believe the company’s current stock price does not accurately represent their intrinsic value. Their stock currently stands at $2.11, with a 52-week range of 2.01-3.00.

With strong potential for growth and having an above average valuation score according from several analysts, we foresee LYG stock to correct itself and bounce back.  

How to Trade Options

An option is a contract for calls or puts. A call option gives the buyer the right (but not an obligation) to buy a stock at a certain predetermined price before a predetermined date. A put option gives the seller a right (but not an obligation) to sell a security at a predetermined price before a predetermined date. 

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Before you can start trading options, you will need to open an options trading account which requires a larger amount of capital to open up compared to traditional stock trading accounts. Once your account is set up you’ll want to determine your investment objectives, strategy, and make yourself a plan. Remember to never invest money you aren’t prepared to lose. With your plan in mind, now is the time to choose which options to buy or sell and at what strike price. This may take some time to do your due diligence and research. The last step is to determine what time frame you want  to work with. 

Why Do Cheap Stocks Help With Options Trading?

Cheap stocks can help reduce risk and open more opportunities for investors when it comes to options trading. For one the cheaper the stocks you are trading options with are, the smaller the buffer is to breaking even. Also, the stakes will be lower meaning if things don’t go your way you will lose less money. 

Furthermore, as someone new to options trading or with less buying power, picking cheaper stocks may be in your favor as options trading in general is extremely risky. If things do go your way, the potential to make greater returns through options trading is high. 

How Can Options Diversify Your Portfolio?

Diversifying your portfolio by using options can be beneficial to investors focused on the long term. Investors will often use options as a hedge to lower their risk exposure. This is done by finding an options contract for a security that is inversely correlated to the asset they are trying to protect. When done correctly, this can be extremely beneficial to investors in the case of unforeseen events.

Frequently Asked Questions

What stocks are good for trading options?

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The stocks with the largest options volume are Amazon, Devon Energy Corp, Ford Motor Company, and Apple Inc.

Can you trade options with $100?

Yes it is possible. As long as you can meet the minimum deposit requirements at your brokerage, you can trade options.

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

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Authorities in Albania are finalizing regulations that will allow the taxation of income and profits from cryptocurrency investments. The government intends to begin imposing the levy in 2023, after adopting the necessary legislation which has been proposed for public consultations.

Albania Set to Impose Crypto Tax as Early as Next Year

The Albanian state should begin collecting taxes on income from crypto assets as of 2023 in accordance with a new income tax bill, the local English-language portal Exit News reported on Friday. The government also hopes to pass a number of other laws and bylaws this year in order to comprehensively regulate the matter.

The special tax legislation is currently open for public consultations. It introduces the concept of taxing crypto holdings and income derived from virtual assets. The latter have been defined as “a digital representation of a value that can be deposited, traded or transferred in digital form, and that can be used for payment or investment purposes or as a medium of exchange, including but not limited to cryptocurrencies.”

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However, the definition does not cover central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the report notes. That’s despite a growing number of monetary authorities around the world developing a digital version of their national fiats. The list includes major powers such as the United States, the European Union, China, and the Russian Federation.

The Albanian law also defines cryptocurrency mining as an activity using computing power to confirm transactions and gain virtual assets in exchange. The extraction of cryptocurrencies has been a grey area although law enforcement has been going after illegal mining facilities in the country and pressed charges against some of their operators.

Under the new legislation, any income from crypto transactions or mining will be classified as corporate income when it’s received as a result of business activity. And when the beneficiaries are private individuals, they will have to pay capital gains tax of 15%.

Financial Watchdog Tasked to Expand Crypto Regulatory Framework

Earlier this month, the Albanian parliament ordered the Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA) to prepare and adopt new regulations regarding cryptocurrencies by the end of 2022. Albanian law allows crypto trading platforms to legally work in the country but no licensed entities are currently operating in Albania, Exit News remarked.

Two years ago, Albania also adopted a law titled “Financial markets based on distributed ledger technology.” While many have welcomed the legislation, critics have questioned whether the small nation in South East Europe, still an EU hopeful, is capable of properly regulating its crypto sector to prevent it from being used for money laundering, something it’s struggling to achieve in the fiat space.

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The legislature referenced a recent report by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval), which recommended additional steps regarding the risks associated with cryptocurrency. In November 2021, the AFSA approved its first two regulations implementing the crypto markets law, which introduced capital and licensing requirements for entities working with digital assets.

Do you expect Albania to adopt comprehensive regulations for its crypto space by the end of the year? Tell us in the comments section below.

Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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NHL enters the NFT space partnering with Marketplace Sweet

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NHL enters the NFT space partnering with Marketplace Sweet Abdulrasaq Ariwoola · 42 seconds ago · 1 min read

The NHL partnership with Sweet will offer a variety of digital collectible experiences to its fans, tradable in the marketplace

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Updated: June 25, 2022 at 3:59 am

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The National Hockey League on Thursday announced its partnership with NFT Marketplace Sweet. This partnership will be the league’s first dive into digital collectibles.

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The partnership, of which the NHL’s players and Alumni’s association are part, will go live in October to mark the start of the 2022-2033 NHL season.

The NHL Marketplace

The NFT marketplace is expected to offer a range of experiences to NHL fans. Including digital collectibles that showcase historical moments, past and present season game highlights, and NHL stars top plays.

The marketplace will also feature gamified collection experiences, specialty packs, and 3D interactive trophy rooms where users can display their collections. Among these offerings there are also dynamic NFTs designed to change based on current team data.

Additionally, fans would be able to buy, sell, collect and trade the collectibles on the marketplace.

However, the announcement did not state which blockchain would host the marketplace.

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NFTs in the sporting space

The NHL  joins a long list of sporting institutions that have embraced digital collectibles.

In 2020, the NBA launched Top Shot NFTs, its digital collectibles marketplace, in partnership with DapperLabs. Likewise, the NFL launched its play and own NFT game while the MLB is to launch its NFT game soon.

However, the extreme sell-off in the crypto market has seen crypto companies pull out of sports deals. This is so as crypto companies strive to stay afloat as the severe sell-off continues in the market.

FTX recently pulled out of a partnership deal with Los Angeles Angels. Similarly, sources suggest a patch deal between NBA Washington Wizards and a crypto company has crashed.

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What Lido staking dominance may mean for Ethereum’s future

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What Lido staking dominance may mean for Ethereum’s future Abdulrasaq Ariwoola · 2 hours ago · 2 min read

The Ethereum community has raised fears of lido staking dominance leading to centralization. What does that mean for ETH 2.0?

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Lido DAO token holders have commenced voting to determine whether the DeFi platform should reduce its staking pool. The vote is a follow-up to a governance proposal released on June 24.

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The voting process results from a month-long deliberation over Lido’s staking dominance and whether it should limit itself to curb potential centralization risks.

Lido currently holds 31% of all staked Ether on the Ethereum proof-of-stake blockchain, the Beacon chain. The staking dominance has raised fears within the Ethereum community, and critics fear it will threaten Ethereum’s decentralization.

The vote is expected to end on July 1, and the result will determine whether Lido will self-limit or not. Should the majority of voters vote in favor, another vote will take place on how the self-limiting process should work.

Concerns over stETH dominance

In the governance proposal, Lido stated that its staking dominance would give it more voting power once the Beacon chain goes live. As a platform that started to counter centralized exchanges, it argued that such centralized voting power poses an existential threat to the blockchain.

The Ethereum community has raised similar fears about the centralization of voting powers. The DeFi platform currently has around one-third of all staked Ether, which could give voting leverage once the transition to the Beacon chain is complete.

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Vitalik Buterin, the Ethereum co-founder, has argued that no single protocol should have a majority in staking ETH. He opined that such dominance, combined with Lido’s governance structure, is potentially a dangerous point of centralization.

Further, it stated the proposition is premised on the belief that other liquid staking protocols would also limit their exposure. This would effectively allow smaller protocols to meet the supply shortfall.

What Lido staking dominance means for ETH2.0

Ethereum’s transition to a PoS blockchain means it will rely on validators to validate transactions on the blockchain. Unlike a PoW blockchain that requires miners to expend excess energy to solve complex mathematical problems.

However, to operate a validator node, a user must deposit 32 ETH, which is a long shot for many users. Lido, on the other hand, as a staking service provider, allows users to bypass this requirement and earn staking rewards.

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According to data from Etherscan, roughly 12.6 million ETH is staked in the ETH2.0, which amounts to 10.6% of the circulating supply of ETH. Of the 12.6 million ETH staked, approximately 4.2 million have been staked through Lido by 73,369 stakers, making Lido the most used staking pool on Ethereum.

This means, should Ethereum transition to its PoS blockchain with Lido still having the lion’s share of the staking dominance, it would give the DeFi platform excessive influence over transaction verification which many warn could pose a risk. Some concerns include validator slashing, governance attacks, and smart contract exploits.

On the other hand, Lido’s staking dominance could help prevent a takeover by a centralized exchange and ensure the blockchain remains decentralized.

stETH remains depegged

The staked Ether, which is supposed to be pegged to ETH, remains depegged after a wave of massive sell-offs. Speculations have profused about the security of the token and whether its depegging could spell more chaos for the crypto ecosystem.

On June 16, Alameda Capital, one of the largest holders of stETH, dumped its stETH holdings, a massive $57 million. This is coupled with the continued financial troubles of Celsius and Three Arrows Capital, both large holders of stETH.

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As of the time of press, stETH has not gained parity with ETH and is trading at $1,173.

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