"How many stock positions have you entered after meticulous analysis, only to have the stock move in the opposite direction that you anticipated?" It has happened to every trader -- "the stock that got away." Now you can prevent it from happening again. The secret to minimizing your risk and meeting your goals is the use of the protective strategies you will find in this easy-to-use guide.
"There are so many ways to use derivatives that I'm almost surprised when someone doesn't use them. Producers and consumers, investors and issuers, hedgers and speculators, governments and financial institutions: almost everyone can use them." - From the Foreword by Fischer Black, Cocreator of the Black-Scholes Model Never before has there been so much interest in equity derivatives-or so much innovation in structuring these products. As new forms of instruments proliferate, their complexity has grown as well. Even equity derivatives professionals are unlikely to know all the details about every existing structure. With equity derivatives comprising one of the most important components of the capital markets, it's more crucial than ever for every financial professional, specialist and nonspecialist alike, to understand how derivative instruments behave, how they're structured, and how to use them profitably. Edited by leading thinkers in the field, The Handbook of Equity Derivatives, Revised Edition, assembles dozens of experts from universities and Wall Street to help the reader gain a practical grasp of the growing variety of financial instruments and how they work. Contributions from such respected authorities as Gary Gastineau, Mark Rubinstein, J. Gregg Whittaker, and Fischer Black outline the full range of the equity derivatives market, from classic warrants, options, and futures to the new and innovative PERCs, equity swaps, and equity-linked bonds. In nonmathematical language, the book provides a clear introduction to equity derivatives, including the fundamentals and history of options, basic equity structures, and pricing determinants, along with a historical perspective on their evolution. You'll find thorough surveys of: * The burgeoning field of synthetic structures-OTC options and exotics, equity swaps, SPINs, SIGNs, PENs, MITTs, and SuperShares * U.S. and foreign derivatives traded on organized exchanges * Issuer derivative structures, such as warrants, convertibles, PERCs, and unbundled stock units * The unique tax, legal, accounting, and regulatory features of derivatives * How to make the most profitable use of the many equity derivative products * Why some financial instruments succeed-and others fail * The future of the equity derivative market- place Whether you're a finance student becoming familiar with the field or a practicing professional seeking better ways to exploit the tremendous potential of equity derivatives for profit, The Handbook of Equity Derivatives, Revised Edition belongs on your bookshelf. "I heartily endorse The Handbook of Equity Derivatives . . . while the market is continuously inventing new instruments and discarding older ones, the clarity and straightforward nature of the handbook hints at a longevity that will make it useful for many years to come." - Stephen A. Ross Sterling Professor of Economics and Finance, MIT (on the first edition) The most relied-upon resource on equity derivative instruments, their structure, and diverse global markets- now extensively revised and updated Once, equity derivatives were exotic instruments relegated to the hands of specialists. Today, they are among the institutional investor's most popular tools for managing risk and uncovering new profit opportunities. Recognized for its authoritative contributors and its accessible, comprehensive coverage of the entire field, The Handbook of Equity Derivatives has become the standard reference on the subject for specialist and nonspecialist alike. Now, this essential resource has been carefully updated and revised to cover the most current innovations in these continually evolving investment vehicles, including: * Comprehensive coverage of the all-important OTC market * Basic equity structures and how they work * Pricing determinants * PERCs, SPIDERs, and WEBs * The Black-Scholes model * The best uses for and profit potential of new derivative products * Key accounting, tax, and regulatory issues
Learn the ins-and-outs of options trading with clear, practical guidance Essential Option Strategies is an introductory guide to options trading, designed to help new options traders better understand the market and the potential opportunities that exist. This book is designed to bring you up to speed with current practices and help you implement your own option trading strategies. You'll create a plan, track indicators, and understand underlying instruments, then apply that central investing knowledge directly to the options market. The discussion on pricing determinants and probabilities uses an intuitive approach to complex calculations, providing clear examples with no advanced math required, and extensive explanation of spreads, butterflies, and condors brings advanced strategies down to earth. Easy-reference appendices clarify the Greek terms and technical analysis charts, while focused discussion and expert insight throughout provide a highly informative crash course on options trading. Options trading has undergone a rapid evolution beyond stocks and commodities into asset classes including fixed-income, precious metals, energy, and more. This book helps you build a solid foundation in the fundamentals, giving you a knowledge base that applies no matter how the instruments change. This book is designed to help you: Understand the options market inside and out Avoid common mistakes Learn some basic positions, and trades Read charts and interpret probabilities Once the domain of the elites, the options market has been thrown wide open thanks to real-time price quotes, through brokerages, and the free flow of information online. The process of buying and selling options contracts is faster and more efficient than ever, and Wall Street is facing stiff competition from independent analysts and financial websites. As much as the market has changed, the fundamentals are the same—and Essential Option Strategies aims to provide expert guidance throughout the learning process.
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Practical option strategies for the new post-crisis financialmarket Traditional buy-and-hold investing has been seriously challengedin the wake of the recent financial crisis. With economic andmarket uncertainty at a very high level, options are still the mosteffective tool available for managing volatility and downside risk,yet they remain widely underutilized by individuals and investmentmanagers. In Options for Volatile Markets, Richard Lehmanand Lawrence McMillan provide you with specific strategies to lowerportfolio volatility, bulletproof your portfolio against anycatastrophe, and tailor your investments to the precise level ofrisk you are comfortable with. While the core strategy of this new edition remains covered callwriting, the authors expand into more comprehensive optionstrategies that offer deeper downside protection or even allowinvestors to capitalize on market or individual stock volatility.In addition, they discuss new offerings like weekly expirations andoptions on ETFs. For investors who are looking to capitalize onglobal investment opportunities but are fearful of lurking "blackswans", this book shows how ETFs and options can be utilized toconstruct portfolios that are continuously protected againstunforeseen calamities. A complete guide to the increased control and lowered riskcovered call writing offers active investors and traders Addresses the changing investment environment and how to useoptions to succeed within it Explains how to use options with exchange-traded funds Understanding options is now more important than ever, and withOptions for Volatile Markets as your guide, you'll quicklylearn how to use them to protect your portfolio as well as improveits overall performance.
This comprehensive new book explains and clarifies the essential building blocks underlying the pricing and risk analysis of fixed-income securities and derivatives - using mathematics lightly, to make things easier, not harder. The emphasis throughout is on how-to-do, on building operational knowledge from the ground up. There are more than 300 examples and exhibits based on current market data. You will find essential information on: * The global money market * Foreign exchange transaction and foreign exchange derivatives * Bonds and zero coupon bonds - including a risk management-driven discussion of duration and convexity * Interest rate swaps, currency swaps, and exchange-traded futures * Stochastic models and option pricing * Stochastic models of the yield curve
An Unconventional and Comprehensive Guide to everything Investing:This book is the third book in a series of books designed to help those that are looking to either take charge of there finances. If you are not interested in day trading this book will help all those that are looking to further understand the world of Stocks, bonds and everything in between.
Praise for Trade Like a Pro "Noble's commitment to the individual trader is exactly what traders need during these volatile times. He has knowledge that spans across markets and is worldwide. He is a valued contributor to the TraderPlanet.com community, and this book further demonstrates his dedication to educating traders and helping them become more successful." —Lane J. Mendelsohn, Publisher, TraderPlanet.com "In a time when, on a global level, important things are happening to the financial industry, when new profit opportunities as well as risks are revealed, the book Trade Like a Pro offers a complete picture concerning the risk administration techniques." —Teodor Ancuta, President and General Manager, Sibiu Stock Exchange "Trade Like a Pro is a comprehensive presentation of all the basic trading strategies that belongs in every investor's library. Whether your specialty is futures, options, or stocks—or, for that matter, a combination of all three—you will find yourself going back to this valuable reference guide again and again. Everything rings true. Moreover, the author gives you the pros and cons of each respective strategy without imposing his own point of view. Well researched and presented." —George Angell, author of Small Stocks for Big Profits and Winning in the Futures Market "Armed with good intentions, most new traders are unaware of the realities involved. Although there is often the belief among novice traders that profitability will be easy, the evidence strongly suggests otherwise. In his new book, Trade Like a Pro: 15 High-Profit Trading Strategies, Noble DraKoln offers a thoughtful approach to making the transition from unsuccessful retail trader to the arena of the professional, which is imperative for lasting success as a trader." —Ron Rossway, President, Denver Trading Group
WHAT EVERY OPTION TRADER NEEDS TO KNOW. THE ONE BOOK EVERY TRADER SHOULD OWN. The bestselling Option Volatility & Pricing has made Sheldon Natenberg a widely recognized authority in the option industry. At firms around the world, the text is often the first book that new professional traders are given to learn the trading strategies and risk management techniques required for success in option markets. Now, in this revised, updated, and expanded second edition, this thirty-year trading professional presents the most comprehensive guide to advanced trading strategies and techniques now in print. Covering a wide range of topics as diverse and exciting as the market itself, this text enables both new and experienced traders to delve in detail into the many aspects of option markets, including: The foundations of option theory Dynamic hedging Volatility and directional trading strategies Risk analysis Position management Stock index futures and options Volatility contracts Clear, concise, and comprehensive, the second edition of Option Volatility & Pricing is sure to be an important addition to every option trader's library--as invaluable as Natenberg's acclaimed seminars at the world's largest derivatives exchanges and trading firms. You'll learn how professional option traders approach the market, including the trading strategies and risk management techniques necessary for success. You'll gain a fuller understanding of how theoretical pricing models work. And, best of all, you'll learn how to apply the principles of option evaluation to create strategies that, given a trader's assessment of market conditions and trends, have the greatest chance of success. Option trading is both a science and an art. This book shows how to apply both to maximum effect.
Fully revised and updated from the hugely popular first edition, this book is an accessible and convenient one-volume introduction to international capital markets, ideal for those entering or planning to enter investment banking or asset management. As well as serving as an invaluable reference tool for professionals already working in the industry looking to extend their knowledge base it will also benefit all those working in trading, sales and support roles. Describing how the key products and markets work, who the principle participants are and their overall goals and objectives, Andrew Chisholm provides a thorough overview of the global capital markets. The book covers a wide range of equity, debt, foreign exchange and credit instruments as well as the principal derivative products. In a step-by-step fashion, making extensive use of real world cases and examples, it explains money markets, foreign exchange, bond markets, cash equity markets, equity valuation techniques, swaps, forwards, futures, credit derivatives, options, option risk management and convertible bonds. An extensive glossary also explains concisely many of the ‘jargon’ expressions used in the financial markets. Boasting an international focus, examples are drawn from major international markets around the world. It makes extensive use of numerical examples and case studies to help explain a wide range of cash and derivative products used in the capital markets business. It covers both debt and equity products and includes new material on credit products such as collateralized debt obligations and credit derivative structures; equity fundamental analysis, portfolio theory and convertible bonds. Market data has been fully updated from the first edition and recent events such as the ‘credit crisis’ are discussed.
The recent financial crisis brought to light many of the misunderstandings and misuses of exotic derivatives. With market participants on both the buy and sell-side having been found guilty of not understanding the products they were dealing with, never before has there been a greater need for clarification and explanation. Exotic Options and Hybrids is a practical guide to structuring, pricing and hedging complex exotic options and hybrid derivatives that will serve readers through the recent crisis, the road to recovery, the next bull market and beyond. Written by experienced practitioners, it focuses on the three main parts of a derivative’s life: the structuring of a product, its pricing and its hedging. Divided into four parts, the book covers a multitude of structures, encompassing many of the most up-to-date and promising products from exotic equity derivatives and structured notes to hybrid derivatives and dynamic strategies. Based on a realistic setting from the heart of the business, inside a derivatives operation, the practical and intuitive discussions of these aspects make these exotic concepts truly accessible. Adoptions of real trades are examined in detail, and all of the numerous examples are carefully selected so as to highlight interesting and significant aspects of the business. The introduction of payoff structures is accompanied by scenario analysis, diagrams and lifelike sample term sheets. Readers learn how to spot where the risks lie to pave the way for sound valuation and hedging of such products. There are also questions and accompanying discussions dispersed in the text, each exploited to illustrate one or more concepts from the context in which they are set. The applications, the strengths and the limitations of various models are highlighted, in relevance to the products and their risks, rather than the model implementations. Models are de-mystified in separately dedicated sections, but their implications are alluded to throughout the book in an intuitive and non-mathematical manner. By discussing exotic options and hybrids in a practical, non-mathematical and highly intuitive setting, this book will blast through the misunderstanding of exotic derivatives, enabling practitioners to fully understand and correctly structure, price and hedge theses products effectively, and stand strong as the only book in its class to make these “exotic” concepts truly accessible.
The Forex Options Course is a practical, hands-on guide to understanding and trading forex options. Designed to build a trader's knowledge base in a step-by-step manner, this reliable resource moves from the straightforward to the more sophisticated with discussions of everything from basic plain vanilla calls and puts to intriguing first-generation exotic binary options. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, The Forex Options Course will help you develop the skills and strategies needed to succeed in today's dynamic forex market.
A top options trader details a practical approach for pricing and trading options in any market condition The options market is always changing, and in order to keep up with it you need the greeks—delta, gamma, theta, vega, and rho—which are the best techniques for valuing options and executing trades regardless of market conditions. In the Second Edition of Trading Options Greeks, veteran options trader Dan Pasarelli puts these tools in perspective by offering fresh insights on option trading and valuation. An essential guide for both professional and aspiring traders, this book explains the greeks in a straightforward and accessible style. It skillfully shows how they can be used to facilitate trading strategies that seek to profit from volatility, time decay, or changes in interest rates. Along the way, it makes use of new charts and examples, and discusses how the proper application of the greeks can lead to more accurate pricing and trading as well as alert you to a range of other opportunities. Completely updated with new material Information on spreads, put-call parity and synthetic options, trading volatility, and advanced option trading is also included Explores how to exploit the dynamics of option pricing to improve your trading Having a comprehensive understanding of the greeks is essential to long-term options trading success. Trading Options Greeks, Second Edition shows you how to use the greeks to find better trades, effectively manage them, and ultimately, become more profitable.
A guide to using the VIX to forecast and trade markets Known as the fear index, the VIX provides a snapshot ofexpectations about future stock market volatility and generallymoves inversely to the overall stock market. Trading VIXDerivatives will show you how to use the Chicago Board OptionsExchange's S&P 500 volatility index to gauge fear and greed inthe market, use market volatility to your advantage, and hedgestock portfolios. Engaging and informative, this book skillfullyexplains the mechanics and strategies associated with trading VIXoptions, futures, exchange traded notes, and options on exchangetraded notes. Many market participants look at the VIX to help understandmarket sentiment and predict turning points. With a slew of VIXindex trading products now available, traders can use a variety ofstrategies to speculate outright on the direction of marketvolatility, but they can also utilize these products in conjunctionwith other instruments to create spread trades or hedge theiroverall risk. Reviews how to use the VIX to forecast market turning points,as well as reveals what it takes to implement trading strategiesusing VIX options, futures, and ETNs Accessible to active individual traders, but sufficientlysophisticated for professional traders Offers insights on how volatility-based strategies can be usedto provide diversification and enhance returns Written by Russell Rhoads, a top instructor at the CBOE'sOptions Institute, this book reflects on the wide range of usesassociated with the VIX and will interest anyone looking forprofitable new forecasting and trading techniques.
A practical guide to unlocking the power of option spreads When dealing with option spreads your looking to purchase one option in conjunction with the sale of another option. If managed properly, these spreads can provide experienced investors with the potential for large returns without undertaking a great deal of risk. Option Spread Trading provides a comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand explanation of option spreads, and shows you how to select the best spread strategy for any given market outlook. Along the way, author Russell Rhoads discusses spread strategies that can be used to profit from a strong up or down directional move in a stock, a stagnant market, or a highly volatile market. He also details how you can harness the leverage of options to create a low-risk position that provides the potential for a big profit. All manner of spreads are covered, from calendar and horizontal spreads to vertical and diagonal spreads Highlights how you can monitor and adjust an existing spread position and provides tips on how to exit a spread trade Includes exercises and examples to test and reinforce your knowledge of the concepts presented Option spread trading has become increasingly popular with active traders and investors. Gain a better understanding of this powerful approach with Option Spread Trading as your guide.
Get the acknowledged industry classic revised and updated to deliver everything from time-honored options concepts to strategies for individual and institutional investors and traders. Every stock trader or market maker, whether currently involved with options or not, should own OPTIONS: ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS AND TRADING STRATEGIES, THIRD EDITION. Written by todays leading options practitionersand edited by The Options Institute, the globally renowned Educational Division of the Chicago Board Options ExchangeOPTIONS leaves no stone unturned in delivering the most complete, authoritative, and easy-to-understand blueprint available for navigating the profitable twists and turns of todays options marketplace. No-nonsense, packed with useful information, and valuable as either an introductory textbook or a comprehensive fingertip reference source, this thoroughly revised and updated edition details: What options are, how they are priced, and how they are traded; Basic option trading strategies such as covered writing and protective puts; Advanced strategies involving LEAPS and the stock repair strategy; Options from three points of view: private investor, institutional investor, and market maker; How to use the power of the Internet for trading and detailed information gathering. The well-organized, thought-provoking, and dependable ideas found here will help you use options to increase the returns in virtually any investment mix. The comprehensive answers to a wide range of options questions, as well as insights into the latest options trading strategies, cover: Option Market History From early transactions to latter-day innovations including LEAPS and index options, knowledge of options industry history will help you intuitively understand and trade profitably today; Essential Concepts Fundamentals of options pricing theory and their relationship to market prediction, stock selection, and risk management; volatility explained; and introductory strategies from long call to covered strangle; Investing and Trading Strategies Discussions of how to approach and understand "investing" strategies that focus on ownership of an underlying equity versus "trading". strategies with no intent to hold the underlying stock; plus, the function of market makers ; Real-Time Applications Institutional case studies; how to use options as an indicator of price moves for an underlying stock; using the Internet for instantaneous trades and information; plus, a comprehensive glossary of option market terminology. OPTIONS, THIRD EDITION, takes the guesswork out of trading options and gives you the information you need to become a savvy options trader. So get your questions together, and use this step-by-step guidebook to develop option strategies that meet your investment objectives: hedging your stock market risk, increasing your portfolio income, or improving your trading results.
A practical guide to the math behind options and how that knowledge can improve your trading performance No book on options can guarantee success, but if a trader understands and utilizes option math effectively, good things are going to happen. The idea behind Options Math for Traders + Website is to help retail option traders understand some of the basic tenants and enduring relationships of options, and option math, that professional and institutional traders rely on every day. This book skillfully highlights those strategies that are inherently superior from an option math point of view and explains what drives that superiority while also examining why some strategies are inherently inferior. The material is explained without complex equations or technical jargon. The goal is to give you a solid conceptual foundation of options behavior so you can make more informed decisions when choosing an option strategy for your market outlook. Topics covered include the volatility premium, because over time, options will cost more than they are ultimately worth; skew, wherein far out of the money put options may seem cheap from an absolute term, but are very expensive in relative terms; and the acceleration in option price erosion. The book also has a companion Website, which includes links to those sites that can scan for the best strategies discussed in the book. Explains, in a non-technical manner, the mathematical properties of options so that traders can better select the right options strategy for their market outlook Companion Website contains timely tools that allow you to continue to learn in a hands-on fashion long after closing the book Written by top options expert Scott Nations Most independent traders have an imperfect understanding of the math behind options pricing. With Options Math for Traders + Website as your guide, you'll gain valuable lessons in this area and discover how this information can improve your trading performance.
Designed to help therapists provide post-surgical rehabilitation based on best practices and evidence-based research, this comprehensive reference presents effective guidelines for postsurgical rehabilitation interventions. Its authoritative material is drawn from the most current literature in the field as well as contributions from expert physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). A DVD accompanies the book, featuring over 60 minutes of video of patients demonstrating various therapeutic exercises spanning the different phases of postsurgical rehabilitation. Examples include hand therapy procedures, working with post-surgical patients with cerebral palsy, sports patient injuries, and pediatric procedures for disorders such as torticollis. Material represents the best practices of experts with the Hospital of Special Surgery, one of the best known and most respected orthopedic hospitals. Phases of treatment are defined in tables to clearly show goals, precautions, treatment strategies and criteria for surgery. Many of the treatment strategies are shown in videos on the accompanying DVD, enabling the user to watch the procedure that is discussed in the text. Information on pediatric and geriatric patients explores differing strategies for treating these populations. Treatments specific to sports injuries are presented, highlighting the different rehabilitation procedures available for athletes. An entire section on hand rehabilitation provides the latest information for hand specialists. Information on the latest treatment strategies for hip replacement presents complete information on one of the most common procedures. Easy-to-follow guidelines enable practitioners to look up a procedure and quickly see the recommended rehabilitation strategy. A troubleshooting section provides solutions for common problems that may occur following each phase of the rehabilitation process. Broad coverage addresses both traditional techniques as well as newer methods in a single resource. Clear photos and illustrations show how to correctly perform the techniques described in the book.
Raise your options investing game to a new level through smart, focused practice For decades, Sheldon Natenberg’s Option Volatility & Pricing has been helping investors better understand the complexities of the option market with his clear and comprehensive explanation of trading strategies and risk management. Now, you can raise your performance to a higher level by practicing Natenberg’s methods before you enter the market. Filled with hands-on exercises designed to dramatically increase your knowledge and build your confidence, The Option Volatility and Pricing Workbook provides the necessary tools from which to build a successful options portfolio. Each exercise is preceded by clear description of the principle at hand, and each concludes with in-depth explanations of the correct answers. Hundreds of exercises cover such topics as: •Contract Settlement and Cash Flow•Expiration Profit & Loss•Theoretical Pricing•Volatility•Dynamics of Risk•Synthetic Pricing and Arbitrage•Hedging Strategies•Models and the Real World Success in option markets requires the ability to adapt to constantly changing market conditions. This ability can only be achieved through a full and intimate understanding of the principles of option evaluation, strategy selection, risk management, and market dynamics. Whether you’re a professional or novice trader, a market maker or training manager—The Option Volatility and Pricing Workbook is an invaluable tool for achieving success in this famously tough market.