The Options Course: High Profit and Low Stress Trading Methods / Edition 2

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"Fontanills delivers concise instruction of how to trade options the right way, managing risk while recognizing reward. When you have an options related question, this is the first book to pick up."
Michael J. Curcio, Executive Vice President, E*Trade Financial (

"George Fontanills has taught more people about options than anyone else. Novice and advanced traders alike will find this to be a valuable read, as elementary and advanced concepts are explained with clarity. Moreover, the content is practical and designed with an eye towards actual trading applications."
Lawrence G. McMillan, President, McMillan Analysis Corp.

"This book is required reading for anyone serious about trading options who doesn't want to waste time making avoidable—and sometimes costly—mistakes."
Julie Craig, Marketing Director, eSignal

"A timely update for those committed to succeeding in today's complex and challenging markets. A must read for those interested in succeeding in today's turbulent times. Understanding and managing volatility has, perhaps, never been more important."
Eric Alexander, COO, Wall Street Access

"Fontanills has once again demonstrated that he is a master at explaining both the basics and the intricacies of options trading. This book will prepare any option trader for what lies ahead in the rapidly expanding options market. The highly detailed discussions of strategies and delta-neutral trading are indispensable, and I was thrilled to see a section on sentiment analysis. A must-have for any options trader's bookshelf."
Bernie Schaeffer, Chairman & CEO, Schaeffer's Investment Research

"If you are looking for someone who can teach you how to trade options like a professional, you can't beat George Fontanills. He is 'the' authority on option strategies. The Options Course, Second Edition puts you squarely in the middle of the right path."
John-Paul Drysdale, Managing Director, The Hubb Organisation

"George Fontanills captures the essence of option trading with clear and entertaining examples of strategies and profitable trading techniques."
Tom Sosnoff, Founder and CEO of the thinkorswim Group, Inc.

"The Options Course, Second Edition by George Fontanills provides investors of all experience levels a clear, reasoned, and practical approach to equity options. This is a must-read for every investor."
David Kalt, President, optionsXpress

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I have lectured with George at numerous investment conferences. I've seen these audiences captivated and enthralled by George's ability to translate complicated financial concepts down to a basic level. Miraculously, this book brings that same magic to print. I heartily recommend The Options Course to anyone that wants to get serious about managing their own money."--Jon Najarian, President, Mercury Trading, Inc.; Money Manager, PTI Capital Management; syndicated radio personality

"I have known and followed George's work and contributions to this industry for years. In my opinion, if you want to learn the ins and outs of options, this is the man to consult. He has unselfishly helped thousands of others and could probably do the same for you."--Bill Williams, Ph.D., C.T.A., author, Trading Chaos: Applying Expert Techniques to Maximize Your Profits

"I believe that the cornerstone of everyone's success lies in the quality of their education and steadfast implementation of that knowledge. George Fontanills provides that quality education to those who are willing to learn, and a simple yet powerful method for trading options."--Joe Tapias, President, Trade Center, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471668510
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series , #226
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 713,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.76 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE A. FONTANILLS, who received his MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School, is the cofounder and President Emeritus of Optionetics, the world leader in options education, with offices around the globe specializing in teaching high-profit, low-risk, low-stress options trading strategies ( Additionally, George's reputation as "the dean of options trading" has led to numerous guest appearances on television and radio shows across the country. A retired hedge fund manager, he has written and cowritten many books on trading, including Trade Options Online, The Stock Market Course, and The Volatility Course, all published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents



About the Author.


Chapter 1: Options Trading: A Primer.

Chapter 2: The Big Picture.

Chapter 3: Option Basics.

Chapter 4: Basic Trading Strategies.

Chapter 5: Introducing Vertical Spreads.

Chapter 6: Demystifying Delta.

Chapter 7: The Other Greeks.

Chapter 8: Straddles, Strangles and Synthetics.&

Chapter 9: Advanced Delta Neutral Strategies.&

Chapter 10: Trading Techniques for Range-Bound Markets.

Chapter 11: Increasing Your Profits with Adjustments.

Chapter 12: Choosing the Right Broker.

Chapter 13: Processing Your Trade.

Chapter 14: Margin and Risk.

Chapter 15: A Short Course in Economic Analyses.

Chapter 16: Mastering the Market.

Chapter 17: How to Spot Explosive Opportunities.

Chapter 18: Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 19: Final Summay.

Appendix A: Trading Resources.

Appendix B: Important Charts and Tables.

Appendix C: Strategy Reviews.

Appendix D: Success Guides.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    It helped me very little

    The subject of the book was 'delta neutral trading.' Although, I never would have guessed it from the title. There were very good graphs, but the text to back them up was scant. After reading the book, I had a sense of how to initiate a delta neutral trade, but had no idea of how to keep it delta neutral - a feature seemingly important to the author. I finished the book (having re-read some of the chapters) clearly puzzled about how the author initiates and completes a delta neutral trade.

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