Increasing Alpha with Options: Trading Strategies Using Technical Analysis and Market Indicators [NOOK Book]

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In today's extremely dynamic markets, most, if not all, moneymanagers face pressure to increase alpha—above benchmarkperformance and profits—while protecting capital. Yetfinancial professionals must also be wary of changing marketconditions that alter the strategies that will be mosteffective.

Nobody understands this better than author Scott Fullman, theDirector of Derivative Investment Strategy for WJB Capital Group.Over the course of his career, he has successfully used ...

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Increasing Alpha with Options: Trading Strategies Using Technical Analysis and Market Indicators

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Overview

In today's extremely dynamic markets, most, if not all, moneymanagers face pressure to increase alpha—above benchmarkperformance and profits—while protecting capital. Yetfinancial professionals must also be wary of changing marketconditions that alter the strategies that will be mosteffective.

Nobody understands this better than author Scott Fullman, theDirector of Derivative Investment Strategy for WJB Capital Group.Over the course of his career, he has successfully used technicalanalysis to create strategies using options, and now, he revealshow this effective approach can help you meet risk/returnexpectations in even the most turbulent market environments.

Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, IncreasingAlpha with Options skillfully outlines various trading strategiesusing a combination of technical analysis, market indicators, andoptions. Page by page, Fullman shares his extensive experience withyou, and offers professional money managers the best tools andtechniques to improve returns while managing risk.

Along the way, you'll become familiar with numerous aspects ofthis approach and discover how it can put you in a better positionto excel in today's markets. Topics touched upon include:

  • The varying elements of technical analysis, from chart type andanalysis period to time itself
  • Building strategies around reversal and continuation patterns,oscillators, and exchange-traded funds
  • Exploiting small inefficiencies in the options marketplace,which can offer profitable opportunities
  • Using options in hedging techniques that can protect yourpositions
  • And much more

Options used in conjunction with technical analysis can help youavoid financial pitfalls and achieve alpha. Understanding how toimplement this approach in your everyday investment or tradingendeavors can make a difference to your portfolio's bottom line,and this reliable resource will show you how.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470936740
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/13/2010
  • Series: Bloomberg Financial , #130
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

SCOTT H. FULLMAN is Director, Derivative Investment Strategy, for WJB Capital Group. During his thirty-plus years in financial services, he has created tools and platforms for several firms. He has also served on various exchange and industry committees that have led to improvements and new products. Fullman is a member of the Market Technicians Association, a chartered market technician, and holds numerous FINRA licenses. He has written many articles for industry journals, is quoted frequently in media, and speaks at professional conferences across the United States.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1 Why Technical Analysis?

Bases.

Fundamentals vs. Technicals.

Tops.

2 The Basics of Technical Analysis.

Understanding Chart Types.

Trend Properties.

The Trend Is Your Friend.

Volatile or Negative Markets.

Primary and Secondary Trends.

First Strategy.

Put Hedges.

Implied Volatility.

Seasonal Trends.

Cyclical Trends.

Moves within Moves.

Nontrends.

Understanding the Properties of Trends.

3 Trends and Their Ends.

Elliott Waves and Common Trend Analysis.

Nesting Patterns.

Continuation Patterns.

Continuation or Reversal?

Opposing Reversal Patterns.

4 Building Strategies around Reversal and Continuation Patterns.

Spotting Reversal and Continuation Patterns.

Confi rming Patterns Using Different Time Frames.

Building Pattern-Based Strategies.

More Complex Patterns: The Double Top.

Continuation Patterns.

An Amazon.Com Example.

5 Oscillators.

Oscillator Types.

Stochastic Oscillator.

Commodity Channel Index.

Bollinger Bands.

6 Oscillators and Strategies.

Technical Indicators.

Relative Performance.

Finding the Strongest or Weakest Stocks.

Money Flow and On-Balance Volume.

7 Relative Performance.

Look at the Board.

8 ETF Strategies.

Pairs.

9 Effi cient Pricing—Mostly.

Exploiting Small Pricing Inefficiencies.

10 The Subprime Mortgage Crisis and Options.

Managing Delta.

Delta Relationships of Stocks and Options.

11 The Other Greeks.

Other Products.

Ex-Dividend Trades.

Getting Information from the Exchange Floor.

12 When Conditions Change.

Routine Changes.

The Extremes.

Meet the New Rules.

13 The Changing Environment.

Controlling Risk, Fixing Problems.

Using Global Markets.

14 Using Options to Protect Capital.

What Doesn’t Work.

Single Security Hedges.

Collar Hedges for Long Stock Positions.

Other Hedges for Offsetting High Volatility Levels.

Stock Replacement Therapy.

15 Hedging the Broad Portfolio.

Reducing Hedge Costs.

Pairing Up.

Hedging Short Portfolios.

Other Hedge Types.

16 When to Invest, When to Trade.

Investors and Investment Markets.

Trading an Investment Trend.

The Trading Market.

Japanese Candlesticks.

Other Investment and Trading Opportunities.

Upcoming Events.

Mergers and Acquisitions.

17 All About Resources.

Abundance of Resources.

Bloomberg Professional Service.

MetaStock Professional Service.

SuperCharts, Worden Brothers, and Others.

Chart Books.

Scanning Techniques.

Options Resources.

Other Helpful Resources from Bloomberg.

iVolatility.

Resources for Smaller Funds.

Risk and Position Monitoring.

Different Funds, Different Vendors.

Other Information Sources.

Appendix: Information Sources.

Index.

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