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An Introduction to Option Trading Success


Run time: 92 min. Thinking of testing the waters in options, but haven't yet taken the plunge? Eliminate your fears andjump in with the CBOE's top options trainer, James Bittman, as he introduces first-timers and fledgling traders to the exciting options arena. Bittman explains in concise, step-by-step terms exactly how options work, providing clear explanations and examples of the most common-and valuable-option strategies.

This thorough presentation covers all the options basics you need to get started on a successful trading path. You'll discover how to develop a solid options trading plan-and tailor it to your own goals and risk limitations. Traders and longer-term investors alike will find an excellent overview of what it takes to start trading options profitably, including ...

  • 3 key steps to any successful options investment
  • A 2-step plan for using options to buy stock
  • Learning to "think" like an options investor
  • Using options to "invest" - rather than for pure speculation
  • Understanding "delta" and its affect on option pricing
  • Planning ahead: Preparing an exit strategy for every trade
  • The primary principles of time decay
  • The importance of taking a loss when your strategy goes bad

Bittman also reveals the critical "two D's" to options trading success-discipline and decision making. With Bittman's basic strategies, this comprehensive video-and its complete online support materials-your entry into the options market will be far more focused, effective and, ultimately, triumphant.

James B. Bittman is a staff instructor at The Options Institute, the education division of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where he teaches seminars on options to investors in the United States and Europe. He is also on the faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and holds a commodity options membership at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). A successful options trader for more than 20 years, Bittman also wrote the best-selling Options for the Stock Investor.