This text is the world's easiest, most practical guide to options, with all the basics plus proven trading strategies that can't be found in other introductory books. This updated version has better charts with graphics, clear and concise explanations, and hands-on, step-by-step examples. Also includes a trading plan that is easy for any trader, new or experienced, to implement.
Q: "What topics are essential to cover in an introduction to options discussion?"
Basics and More- Most introductory texts don't have the proven trading strategies that Cohen presents here, in easy-to-understand language. Plus, he remembers all the basics. Coverage includes: filtering for moving stocks; selecting the right strategy for each situation; bull call and put spreads; covered calls; straddle/ strangle; volatility and sideways strategies; trading and investing psychology; and much more.
Q: "What would help your students understand options better?"
Hands-on and real examples- Cohen presents updated hands-on examples that walk step by step through real trades, and the clearest plain-English explanations.
Q: "How do you make examples more practical for students?"
Practical and Easy- Options Made Easy has earned a worldwide reputation for simplicity, clarity, and practical value. In this thoroughly revamped Second Edition, renowned options trader Guy Cohen delivers even more of what makes this book so valuable: better graphics for easy visual learning, updated hands-on examples that walk step by step through real trades, and the clearest plain-English explanations of trading techniques.
Q: "How much advanced math is required for this course? What can make this course more accessible to students without advanced math skills?"
Easy- Cohen teaches and provides examples through easy-to-understand charts and graphs, not complicated math. Only basic math skills are required to understand these techniques and strategies.
Q: "What tools do you use to help your students with trading plans?"
Plans- Cohen shows how to design trading plans for high profitability trades and consisten profits, offering proven strategies for immediate use.
In Options Made Easy, Second Edition, Guy Cohen clearly explains everything you need to know about options in plain English so that you can start trading fast and make consistent profits in any market, bull or bear!
Simply and clearly, the author reveals secrets of options trading that were formerly limited to elite professionals–and exposes the dangerous myths that keep investors from profiting.
As you set out on your options journey, you'll learn interactively through real-life examples, anecdotes, case studies, and pictures. Guy Cohen is your friendly expert guide, helping you pick the right stocks, learn the right strategies, create the trading plans that work, and master the psychology of the winning trader.
Master all the essentials–and put them to work
Options demystified so that you can get past the fear and start profiting!
Learn the safest ways to trade options
Identify high-probability trades that lead to consistent profits
Design a winning Trading Plan–and stick to it
Understand your risk profile and discover exactly when to enter and exit your trades
Choose the right stocks for maximum profit
Screen for your best opportunities–stocks that are moving–or are about to move
Discover the optimum strategies for you
Match your trading strategies to your personal investment goals
No bull! The realities and myths of the markets
What you must know about fundamental and technical analysis
About the Author.
1. Introduction to Options.
2. Into the Marketplace.
3. The Basics of Fundamental Analysis.
4. The Basics of Technical Analysis.
5. Two Popular Strategies and How to Improve Them.
6. An Introduction to the Greeks.
7. Bull Call Spreads and Bull Put Spreads.
8. Two Basic Volatility Strategies.
9. Two Basic Sideways Strategies.
10. Trading and Investing Psychology.
11. Putting It All Together-A Call to Action.
12. Stock Futures and Options Strategies (Bonus Chapter).
Appendix I: Strategy Table.
Appendix II: Glossary.
References and Recommended Reading.
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|1||p112||Elliott Wave Summary: I strongly recommend that you learn more about this by looking at The Market Matrix at www.themarketmatrix.co.uk.||I strongly recommend that you learn more about this by looking at Dynamic Trading by Robert Miner at www.dynamictraders.com||3/14/2008|
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|1||p255||Condor with Calls, Step 1: Sell 1 lower strike (ITM) call||Buy 1 lower strike (ITM) call||3/14/2008|
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|9||p23||Selling a put option obliges you to buy the underlying asset to the option buyer.||Selling a put option obliges you to buy the underlying asset from the option buyer.||3/14/2008|
|9||p22||Your reward is potentially unlimited.||Your reward is potentially unlimited until the stock falls to zero.||3/14/2008|
|1||p175||Mathematically speaking, gamma is the second derivative of delta. Therefore, if delta is a measure of speed, gamma is a measure of acceleration. Unlike the other Greeks, gamma is not a measure of the option price versus another parameter, but rather a measure of how delta moves against changes in the stock price.||Mathematically speaking, gamma is the first derivative of delta. Therefore, if delta is a measure of speed, gamma is a measure of acceleration. Gamma can be seen as the acceleration of the option price versus the underlying asset price, or as the speed of delta versus the underlying asset price.||5/14/2008|
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|11||p147||What would happen if we had written the $25.00 strike call when BORT was trading at $28.20?||What would happen if we had written the $25.00 strike call when BORT was trading at $28.10?||9/4/2008|
|11||p154||[put premium paid - call premium received] + [stock price - put strike]||[stock price + put premium - put strike price - call premium]||9/4/2008|
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