Options Math for Traders, + Website: How To Pick the Best Option Strategies for Your Market Outlook

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Trading options is considerably different from the buying andselling of other financial instruments. And while no book onoptions can guarantee success, if you understand and use optionsmath effectively, good things can happen. That's what OptionsMath for Traders + Website is all about.

Written by Scott Nations—President and CIO ofNationsShares, a leading developer of domestic and internationaloption-enhanced investment products—this practical guide takesthe mystery out of the ...

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Options Math for Traders: How To Pick the Best Option Strategies for Your Market Outlook

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Overview

Trading options is considerably different from the buying andselling of other financial instruments. And while no book onoptions can guarantee success, if you understand and use optionsmath effectively, good things can happen. That's what OptionsMath for Traders + Website is all about.

Written by Scott Nations—President and CIO ofNationsShares, a leading developer of domestic and internationaloption-enhanced investment products—this practical guide takesthe mystery out of the math behind options, making it bothunderstandable and usable. It also provides you with a solidconceptual foundation of options behavior so you can make moreinformed decisions when choosing an option strategy for your marketoutlook. Ultimately, the goal is to familiarize you with themathematical sophistication required for successful optionstrading.

Divided into three comprehensive parts, this reliable resourceremoves much of the guesswork from trading options, withcomprehensive coverage of:

  • The factors an options trader must consider when putting on atrade, including direction, magnitude, and time
  • The quantifiable variables that can be used to determine anoption's value and how option pricing models can offer insights asto what an option could be worth
  • The what, why, and how much associated with the volatility riskpremium
  • The role of implied volatility in options trading and thevarious aspects of skew
  • Time value and option price erosion
  • Proven option strategies, including covered calls/overwrites,selling puts, buying calendar spreads, risk reversals, and verticalspreads

Each step of the way, Options Math for Traders + Websiteincludes various examples of the strategiescovered—illustrating how you can effectively incorporate theminto your trading endeavors. It also contains informative"takeaway" sections at the end of each chapter that highlightessential issues you should be aware of when dealing with thespecific topics discussed.

Most independent traders have an imperfect understanding of themath behind options. With Options Math for Traders + Websiteas your guide, you'll gain valuable lessons in this area andquickly discover how this information can improve your overalltrading performance.

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"Options Math for Traders + Website: How to Pick the Best OptionStrategies for Your Market Outlook by Scott Nations is an excellenteducational tool for the investor wishing to utilize options intheir investment strategies.  Options Math for Traders guidesyou and helps you understand the thought process when evaluatingand analyzing risk and reward on an options trade".—Dax Rodriguez, President, Livevol,Inc.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118164372
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series, #581
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,246,934
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

SCOTT NATIONS is President and CIO of NationsShares, adivision of Fortress Trading, Inc. Previously, he was head traderfor Sovereign Capital, a proprietary trading firm, and a floortrader at both the Chicago Board of Trade and the ChicagoMercantile Exchange. Nations is also a financial engineer,creating, testing, patenting, and licensing a number ofsophisticated option-based and option-enhanced products includingthe Nations Enhanced Covered Call Index; the Nations EnhancedCollar Index; the Nations Option Levered Index; and the NationsVolDex. He appears on CNBC several times each week and serves asone of the regular panelists on CNBC's weekly Options Actionshow.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

PART ONE The Basics

CHAPTER 1 The Basics 3

CHAPTER 2 Direction, Magnitude, and Time 17

CHAPTER 3 Volatility 25

CHAPTER 4 Option Pricing Models and Implied Volatility 37

PART TWO The Phenomena

CHAPTER 5 The Volatility Risk Premium 51

CHAPTER 6 Implied Volatility and Skew 63

CHAPTER 7 Time Value and Decay 77

CHAPTER 8 The Bid/Ask Spread 87

CHAPTER 9 Volatility Slope 105

PART THREE The Trades

CHAPTER 10 Covered Calls 115

CHAPTER 11 Selling Puts 151

CHAPTER 12 Calendar Spreads 171

CHAPTER 13 Risk Reversal 197

CHAPTER 14 Vertical Spreads 217

Appendix 235

Index 243

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