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Options Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Trading Options for Success


The sixth book in the Wrightbooks Made Simple series, Options Made Simple is an uncomplicated guide to trading options for beginners. This book outlines some simple, easy to understand strategies anyone can use to start trading options. The book will be a succinct paperback with lower price point, and provide the perfect first step into trading options.

An option is a binding contract that gives the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset at a specific price on or before a certain date ¨C it has strictly defined terms and properties.

Options are very versatile and allow you to change your position according to the situation ¨C they can be speculative or conservative depending on your trading strategy, but the risk can be mitigated by having a firm basic understanding.

The Made Simple series is the perfect vehicle for this content as readers are taken step©\by©\step through everything they need to know about trading options ¨C including what can go wrong! ¨C and can work out which strategies they are most comfortable with.

Jacqueline Clarke is a qualified accountant and trader of shares and derivatives. Together with Davin, Jacqueline manages their extensive trading business as their primary source of income.

Davin Clarke is a well-known and highly successful private trader. He is a popular and sought]after speaker and has featured in several books, including The Wiley Trading Guide and 20 Most Common Trading Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them.

About the authors vii

1 What are options? 1

2 Advantages and risks 15

3 Types of options 29

4 Option pricing 45

5 The mechanics: how to buy, sell and exercise options 67

6 Buying options: the scenarios 79

7 Selling options: the scenarios 97

8 Choosing your option strategy 115

9 Strategies for buying call options 123

10 Strategies for buying put options 137

11 Strategies for selling covered call options 155

12 Strategies for selling naked call options 175

13 Strategies for selling put options 189

14 Advanced strategies: using multiple option spreads 201

15 Advanced strategies: straddles and strangles 221

Appendix 233

Glossary 237

Index 241