The Complete Guide to Option Selling, Second Edition

The Complete Guide to Option Selling, Second Edition

by James Cordier, Michael Gross

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The growing popularity of selling options is undeniable, yet it remains one of the least understood concepts in the trading world. This clear and engaging guide helps you enter the market with the confidence you need and generate profits with a consistency that may surprise you.

Now in its second edition, The Complete Guide to Option Selling is the only book that explores selling options exclusively. Since its original publication in 2004, much has changed in the world of options, and the authors have provided key updates to help you take advantage of these changes. You’ll find all the information you’ll need to start writing options profitably in equities, stock indexes, and commodities and maximize your returns, minimize your risk, and even manage “black swan” events.

With more than 38 years combined experience in options trading, the authors explain:

  • Basic mechanics of how professionals sell time premium
  • The misunderstood subject of margins on short options
  • Myths about option writing— and why they still circulate
  • Key factors to consider when building an optionselling portfolio
  • How to control risk—the right way
  • Effective, time-tested strategies for selling premium
  • Common mistakes beginners make and how to avoid them

Option selling provides a high probability of success that is difficult, if not impossible, toachieve in any other investment. The Complete Guide to Option Selling illustrates how to take full advantage of this unique approach and make it a profitable, high-yield component of your overall portfolio.

Don’t listen to the popular myth that option selling is only for professionals. The secret is out, and individual investors can now run with it. Read The Complete Guide to Option Selling and learn how you can level the playing field with the big guys. It’s a lot easier than you may think.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071713672
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 08/21/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

James Cordier is president and head portfolio manager of Liberty Trading Group/, where he manages assets for a global client base. Cordier’s firm helps individual investors maximize the use of option selling in their portfolios. He is regularly quoted by national financial media, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, and Barron’s Weekly, and is a regular guest analyst on CNBC, Bloomberg Television, and Fox Business.
Michael Gross is director of research at Liberty Trading Group/ A registered broker, he writes articles that appear regularly in Futures magazine, Yahoo! Finance, and

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Table of Contents

Why Sell Options
A Crash Course on Futures
Buying Options versus Selling Options
SPAN Margin: The Key to High Returns
Strike Price and Time Selection
Use and Abuse Spreads
Recommended Spread Strategies
Liquidity, Order Placement, Assignment, and Limit Moves
Risk Control in Option Selling
Fundamentals versus Technicals
Key Fundamentals of Select Markets
Seasonal Analysis and Option Selling
The Best Markets for Seasonal Option Sales
Mistakes New Option Sellers Make
Finding a Good Broker or Money Manager
Option Selling as an Investment
Pulling it All Together

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The Complete Guide to Option Selling, Second Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This man is telling it straight. I follow his strategy for now with ETFs and will switch to futures when I learn them. Not flashy, trading or risky, but boring, conservative and consistently profitable. If 15% + per year is not your thing then it's not for you.