Your Options Handbook: The Practical Reference and Strategy Guide to Trading Options

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 8, 2011 - Business & Economics - 432 pages
A comprehensive yet simplified guide to the complex world of options investing and risk management

Before trading derivatives, one needs to understand the secrets and mechanics behind the options market. Your Options Handbook: The Practical Reference and Strategy Guide to Trading Options offers a straightforward, practical explanation of the options marketplace, including its origins, the mechanics of the market, and how to profit from trading options.

  • Walks you through the stock and option markets from a professional's perspective, but uses plain language and simple analogies
  • Discusses different trading strategies based upon whether one's opinion of the market is bullish, bearish, or neutral
  • Details market players, useful tips, and trading psychology, and explains how options are priced

Options are a versatile trading instrument that typically cost less and can have lower risk than stocks. They also offer investors a unique edge and lucrative opportunities that are not available to stock only traders. Your Options Handbook helps investors fully understand the options market, allowing them to enter the sector with greater ease.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Market Basics and Market Mechanics What Is Going On and How Does It All Work?
1
CHAPTER 2 Data That Moves the Markets The First Step in Your Analysis
17
CHAPTER 3 Fundamental and Technical Stock Analysis and Tools The Second Step in Your Analysis
45
CHAPTER 4 Options Basics Techniques and Fundamentals to Master Before Applying Any Options Strategy
107
CHAPTER 5 The Greeks The Forces That Influence Options Prices
139
CHAPTER 6 Strategy The Basic Options Trades
159
CHAPTER 7 Strategy The Basic Spread Trades
209
CHAPTER 8 Strategy The Advanced Option Spreads
273
CHAPTER 9 Advanced Concepts
311
CHAPTER 10 A Revolutionary Approach to the Mind Games of the Markets Understand Why You Need Emotions to Trade Well
337
CHAPTER 11 Turning Your Trading into a Business
361
Notes
383
About the Author
389
Index
391
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About the author (2011)

JARED A. LEVY got his start trading as an options market maker and specialist in the pits of the Philadelphia and American Stock Exchanges in the '90s. Now as an exclusive CNBC contributor, he offers his commentary to the world as part of CNBC's Fast Money team and appears on several programs throughout the network. Jared is also featured and quoted in numerous industry publications both online and in print. He has been featured on Bloomberg, Fox, and several other radio and TV networks over the years. In 2006, he won an Emmy for his daily video, "Trader Cast." More recently, he served as the Senior Derivatives Specialist for PEAK6 Investments, L.P., and is currently an editor for Taipan Publishing Group.

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