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Essential Option Strategies. Understanding the Market and Avoiding Common Pitfalls

  • ID: 3639209
  • Book
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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PRACTICAL WISDOM AND GUIDANCE ON THE LATEST TOOLS FOR TRADING OPTIONS

Essential Option Strategies is a thorough introduction to trading options that stays with you as a lasting resource for applying your knowledge in the real market.

Whether you′re totally new to trading or just want to add options to your portfolio, this easy–to–use guidebook quickly brings you up to speed on the fundamentals and equips you with the robust tools and strategies you need to trade options using today′s digital trading platforms. Written by an experienced forerunner in investor education and training, the material is designed to prepare you to execute sophisticated strategies as part of a long–term financial plan you create yourself. This dependable resource can help you:

  • Develop a proficient background in option trading
  • Understand the ins and outs of practical trading and strategy execution
  • Avoid common mistakes
  • Master the science of combining charts with the probabilities built into options

The option market is faster and more efficient than ever, and Essential Option Strategies is your roadmap to navigating this complex and growing market.

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Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

About the Author xxi

Part I Getting Started in Investing 1

Chapter 1 The Opening Bell 3

Probabilities 4

Getting Started 5

Research 6

Data 9

Charts 11

Commissions and Fees 13

Virtual Trading Platforms 14

Summary 15

References 15

Chapter 2 First Days of Trading 17

Brief History of Stock Market Averages 17

Key Market Indexes Today 19

The Volatility Index 21

Futures 22

The Bond Market 25

Fed Watch 26

Economic Indicators 27

Earnings 28

Find Your Niche 29

Summary 29

References 30

Chapter 3 Know the Underlying 31

Where Do Options Trade? 32

Stock Talk 34

Exchange–Traded Funds 38

Short Selling 40

On the Margin 41

Summary 41

References 42

Chapter 4 Avoiding Mistakes 43

Position Size 44

Volume and Liquidity 44

Order Entry Techniques 46

Understand Risk 48

Summary 51

References 51

Part II The Options Market 53

Chapter 5 Options Basics 55

Stock Options 57

Option Value 61

Exercise and Assignment 62

Volume and Open Interest 64

Index Options 65

Summary 66

References 67

Chapter 6 Introduction to Call Options 68

Call Options versus Stock 69

Risk and Reward of Long Call 70

Real–World Example 72

Short Calls 75

Index Call Options 78

Summary 82

Reference 82

Chapter 7 Introduction to Put Options 83

Long Puts versus Short Selling 84

Risk and Reward 84

Real–World Example 86

Protective Puts 89

Index Put Options 92

Summary 94

References 95

Chapter 8 Components of Options Prices 96

Delta and Other Greeks 97

Strike Price 98

Theta and Time Decay 100

Vega and Implied Volatility 100

Dividends 103

Rho and Interest Rates 104

Put–Call Parity 105

Summary 108

References 109

Chapter 9 Probabilities 110

Probabilities 101 111

Probability of Profit 112

Probability of Touching 113

Example 114

Delta to Measure Probabilities 119

Summary 121

References 121

Part III Strategies and Positions 123

Chapter 10 Covered Calls 125

The Covered Call 125

Example 130

Summary 133

References 134

Chapter 11 Cash–Secured Puts 135

Short Puts 136

Example 138

Summary 142

Chapter 12 Long Vertical Spreads 143

Bull Call Spread 144

Example 147

Bear Put Spread 152

Example 153

Summary 157

Chapter 13 Short Vertical Spreads 158

Short (Bull) Put Spread 159

Example 162

Short (Bear) Call Spread 167

Example 168

Summary 171

Chapter 14 Calendar Spreads 173

Call Calendar Spread 174

Example 177

Put Calendar Spread 181

Example 183

Summary 187

Chapter 15 Butterfly Spreads 188

Butterfly Spread 189

Example 191

Iron Butterfly Spread 196

Example 198

Summary 201

Chapter 16 Condor Spreads 203

Condor Spread 204

Example 205

Iron Condor Spread 209

Example 210

Summary 214

Chapter 17 The Close 216

Risk Management 216

Options Orders 218

Using Options to Reduce Capital Commitment 220

Rolling with Spread Trades 222

Investing and Social Media 223

Final Thoughts 224

Appendix A The Greeks 227

Delta Defined 228

Delta Neutral 229

Gamma 230

Theta 231

Vega 231

Rho 234

Reference 234

Appendix B Strategy Recap 235

Long Call 235

Short Call 237

Long Put 238

Protective Put 239

Covered Call 241

Collar 242

Cash–Secured Put 243

Long Call Spread 245

Long Put Spread 246

Short Call Spread 247

Short Put Spread 248

Call Calendar Spread 250

Put Calendar Spread 251

Call Butterfly Spread (Long) 252

Put Butterfly Spread (Long) 253

Iron Butterfly 255

Call Condor Spread (Long) 256

Put Condor Spread (Long) 257

Iron Condor 259

Quick Strategy Guide 260

Appendix C Charts and Volatility Studies 265

Stock Charts 101 265

Time Frames 267

Volume and Volatility 269

Glossary 277

Index 295

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