The Four Biggest Mistakes in Option Trading

The Four Biggest Mistakes in Option Trading

by Jay Kaeppel

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ISBN-13: 9781592802555
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/01/2006
Series: Wiley Trading Series , #50
Edition description: Trader's Library
Pages: 92
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Jay Kaeppel is a successful trading strategist for Optionetics, Inc., and has a weekly column titled "Kaeppel's Corner" in which he writes on a variety of trading topics for Jay has been profiled in Futures magazine, and Barclays Managed Accounts Report, and is author of The Four Biggest Mistakes in Futures Trading, Four Biggest Mistakes in Option Trading, and The Option Trader's Guide to Probability, Volatility and Timing,, all of which have achieved the Top 10 List at With 18 years of programming experience, Jay has written a variety of software programs, most notably "Option Pro" trading software, voted "Best Option Trading System" six consecutive years in Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine. As Director of Research for Essex Trading Co., Ltd., he served as a software developer and trading systems designer, and until 2003 he managed futures trading accounts as a CTA, registering seven consecutive profitable years. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Illinois University in 1981.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Mistake #1

Relying Solely on Market Timing to Trade Options 1

Why Traders Make Mistake #1 1

Why Mistake #1 Causes Losses In The Long Run 12

How To Avoid Mistake #1 22

Mistake #2

Buying Only Out-of-The-Money Options 27

Why Traders Make Mistake #2 29

Why Mistake #2 Causes Losses In The Long Run 34

How To Avoid Mistake #2 42

Mistake #3

Using Strategies That Are Too Complex 47

Why Traders Make Mistake #3 48

Why Mistake #3 Causes Losses In The Long Run 55

How To Avoid Mistake #3 64

Mistake #4

Casting Too Wide of a Net 67

Why Traders Make Mistake #4 67

Why Mistake #4 Causes Losses in the Long Run 67

How to Avoid Mistake #4 77

Summary 81

About the Author and Optionetics 83

Company Information 85

Trading Source Guide

Tools For Success in Options Trading 87

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The Four Biggest Mistakes in Option Trading, 2nd Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. It wasn't very long because it focused on just four mistakes that people make. The author clearly explained why they are mistakes and how people can avoid them. I learned some things that I can immediately begin using.