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http://www.Options-Trading-Education.com - Year end options trading can be a time to cash in on predictable swings in stock prices. For example, portfolio managers may need to free up cash and may sell stocks before the end of the year. A sufficiently large sale or purchase of any given stock may well move the stock price. In year end options trading the trader seeks to anticipate such stock price movement and buy calls, buy puts, sell calls or sell puts accordingly. When to buy calls, when to buy puts, etc. will depend up both fundamental and technical analysis of the underlying stocks. Pertinent end of the month of December dates on the options calendar for year end options trading for 2011 are December 30 which is the quarterly options expiration date and December 26 which is the VIX expiration date. December 17 is the equity index, cash-settled currency and treasury/interest rate options expiration date. Traders are advised to double check the options calendar for time sensitive trading.