Trading Options For Dummies Paperback – Mar 31 2008
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Features top option strategies that reduce your risk
Navigate options markets and bring in the profits
Thinking about trading options? This plain-English guide explains the common types of options and helps you choose the right ones for your investing needs. You'll see how to weigh option costs and benefits, combine options to reduce risk, and build a strategy that allows you to gain no matter the market conditions.
Discover how to:
Understand option contracts and orders
Know and manage your risk
Use technical analysis
Guard your assets with options
Minimize potential losses
About the Author
George Fontanills is the founder of Optionetics, which provides investment education services and tools for trading in today's markets.
Since 1993, Optionetics has provided investment education services and trading tools to more than 250,000 people from over 50 countries. Every day, Optionetics helps traders navigate the markets and chart paths to financial security. In fact, it not only stands by its pledge to provide the highest quality investment education possible, but it also guarantees it.
Optionetics high-profit, low-risk, low-stress strategies are based on over dozens of trading techniques perfected by master trader George Fontanills, founder of Optionetics. Avoiding overly theoretical or technically complicated material, Optionetics represents a practical, balanced approach to trading profitably in today’s markets. Optionetics diverse range of educational offerings includes seminars, publications, workshops, CDs and DVDs, home-study materials, books, and software.
Choose Optionetics for the premier educational resources and tools to help you become the successful trader you’ve always wanted to be.
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The book covers three types of options: stock options, index options, and ETF options. There is a separate chapter devoted to ETFs, but a reader already familiar with a stock market will get no benefit from this chapter.
The book is printed with quite a large font have quite much space around the text, so it is quick to read. This may be a good introductory book to options. It is pretty basic and easy to understand, however, it fails to address an important technique of selling puts as a way of buying the underlying security. Warren Buffett obtains most of his stock holdings through selling puts. He got most of his Coca-Cola Holdings this way, and, recently, Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
If you need a much deeper book on options, I would recommend "The Options Course" by the same author. It doesn't have the drawbacks above mentioned, very friendly and easy to understand, although it is a much lengthier read.
There are dozens and dozens of great websites out there describing options and trading strategies in far better depth and completeness than this book. So, if you're looking for complex spreads or techniques, this book will not satisfy you.
However, online searches are so saturated in trading strategies that it's actually difficult to become aware of real world transactional details (like, "who are the market makers? how does assignment work?"). this book nicely wraps up those "loose ends" that are hardly ever mentioned on your favorite search engine.
This book does a good job of covering the basics and beyond. If you are having trouble understanding parts of it, don't blame the book. The subject matter is difficult for those new to it. Take your time with this material. Unlike other areas of study, being wrong in options can cost you money. While the author lists some pros and cons with paper trading, I found it to be useful for my own learning. Look for a brokerage that offers this. This will also help you get used to the mechanics of opening and closing positions without risking actual money.
Also, you do not have to master the numerous strategies discussed in the book to make use of options. You can buy single calls and puts and gain leverage while keeping thigs simple.
The author has written more advanced books when you are ready to dig into the statistics more deeply.
These books are not cheap and, as far as I'm concerned, Fontanills owes me some money back!
The author seems to have the intent to throw in as many complex terms without every explaining the simple things. Never once in this book is a walk through through on how to buy a call, how to sell the option, or on how to exercise the underlying contract. The same goes for simple puts.
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