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Options Made Easy: Your Guide to Profitable Trading (2nd Edition) Hardcover – July 28, 2005

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“Guy Cohen cuts through the fog and helps all levels of investors grasp the most intricate concepts. He does so with great clarity and brevity despite covering such a broad set of  topics. His is an invaluable guide for the interested beginner and the most advanced trader.”

—Ned Bennett, CEO, optionsXpress, Inc. 

"The best book on options I have ever come across."
—Alpesh B. Patel, bestselling author of Trading Online and Mind of a Trader

"Guy Cohen really does make options easy. Each options strategy has both a visual diagram of the risk and reward, as well as a logical explanation of how the strategy works. Combined with primers on fundamental and technical analysis, Guy shows you how to put the odds in your favor in today's options markets."
—Price Headley, Founder, and author of Big Trends in Trading

"Guy Cohen has put together a comprehensive, easy to understand, must-read on options for investors of all levels. Practical in its approach, the graphics bring clarity to what beginning investors might consider complicated strategies."
—Joseph Sellitto, Director Retail Derivatives, E*TRADE Securities LLC

"This is one of the best books on option strategies I have ever read."
—Daniel J. Zanger, President,

"Guy Cohen builds a foundation for the reader with simple definitions and clear mechanics on what can be a complicated topic. He then approaches each strategy with a context of fundamental and technical analysis and sets the stage for a solid understanding of risk, reward and probability."
—Dave Whitmore, Managing Director, Products & Services, Ameritrade, Inc.

InOptions Made Easy, Second Edition, Guy Cohen clearly explains everything you need to know about options in plain English so that you can start trading fast and make consistent profits in any market, bull or bear!

Simply and clearly, the author reveals secrets of options trading that were formerly limited to elite professionals—and exposes the dangerous myths that keep investors from profiting.

As you set out on your options journey, you'll learn interactively through real-life examples, anecdotes, case studies, and pictures. Guy Cohen is your friendly expert guide, helping you pick the right stocks, learn the right strategies, create the trading plans that work, and master the psychology of the winning trader.

  • Master all the essentials—and put them to work

    Options demystified so that you can get past the fear and start profiting!

  • Learn the safest ways to trade options

    Identify high-probability trades that lead to consistent profits

  • Design a winning Trading Plan—and stick to it

    Understand your risk profile and discover exactly when to enter and exit your trades

  • Choose the right stocks for maximum profit

    Screen for your best opportunities—stocks that are moving—or are about to move

  • Discover the optimum strategies for you

    Match your trading strategies to your personal investment goals

  • No bull! The realities and myths of the markets

    What you must know about fundamental and technical analysis

The easy, plain-English guide to making consistent profits with options!

Teaches all the essentials with real-life examples and crystal-clear explanations

No complicated math or confusing jargon: Learn visually with easy-to-understand pictures!

Identify high-probability trades, and design a Trading Plan that works

Master practical, easy strategies for succeeding in any environment—even bear markets

Updated for today's markets with even more dynamic graphics, intuitive explanations, and valuable information!

For every investor interested in trading options

When you read this book, you'll be amazed how quickly you understand options—and how quickly you can start profiting from them!

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Guy Cohen is the author of the best-selling trading books: Options Made Easy and The Bible of Options Strategies.  He has extensive experience in the options and stock markets and his clients include NYSE Euronext, the largest stock exchange in the world. Guy is also the creator of trading products Flag-Trader, OptionEasy, and Illuminati-Trader.  Specializing in trading applications Guy has developed comprehensive trading and training models, all expressly designed for maximum user-friendliness. An entertaining speaker, Guy has an MBA (Finance) from City University Cass Business School, London.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 2 edition (July 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131871358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131871359
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

An innovator in financial trading, Guy Cohen is the creator and originator of the unique OVI Indicator. Specializing in stocks and options, Guy is the author of best-selling books "Options Made Easy", "The Bible of Options Strategies", "Volatile Markets Made Easy" (FT Prentice Hall), and "The Insider Edge" (Wiley 2012).

From 2002 to 2011 NYSE Euronext licensed Guy's options software, and in recent years, Guy has also provided options data analysis for The International Securities Exchange (ISE). Guy has an MBA (Finance) from City University (Cass) Business School, London.

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Guy is also the author of "Your Gut Feeling", which outlines his complete recovery from a severe case of ulcerative colitis.

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170 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on April 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First off, I want to say that I definitely didn't dislike this book. It's a solid introduction to options trading and it covers an awful lot of material. My issue with the book is that it tried to cover too many things by not fleshing out the details on many topics. As another reviewer pointed out, there are much better options (no pun intended) if you want to learn about fundamental or technical analysis. Frankly, depending on your time horizon, if you don't have an understanding of analysis of either kind you probably shouldn't even think about trading options. But back to the book; I do wish it had more on options trading strategies. Explanations of the vertical spreads are good, but then there's just a long 'strategy table' in the back that glosses over strangles, butterflies, condors, backspreads, etc. without providing any meaningful detail on how they should be used. Topics like volatility, essential to understanding premiums, are also touched on too lightly. I don't normally care for statements like "it would take another book in itself to explain this," but I swear it was repeated 3 or 4 times.

Options are a tool to limit risk, but misused they can be very risky. This book does a good job of describing what options are and some basic ways in which they're used (e.g., if you think a stock will go down, buy a put or sell a call), but it didn't provide me with enough information to successfully prepare myself to trade options.

I would look to other options books before this one unless you just want a very basic primer to read before you delve into the real meat of options trading.
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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Big Daddy VINE VOICE on November 29, 2006
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While this book does a good job in explaining several common option techniques, the title is somewhat misleading as I don't think a subject as complicated as options trading can ever be "made easy." Reading the book is much like reading a text book or an owner's manual. The author does a good job in boiling down the strategies to their essence and presents them in multiple ways so that people who learn graphically instead of by reading can pick up the strategies easier. The book's shortfall is that it spends a lot of time discussing investment basics such as fundamental analysis and technical analysis. While those are certainly important, I would have preferred that more time been spent on discussing different options strategies because if a person doesn't already know a fair amount about analyzing stocks he has no business trading options in any event. Still, I view this as a handy reference tool and expect that I will refer to it regularly. It is the best book on the subject that I have ever read and unlike a lot of strategy books, does not waste a bunch of your time by trying to suck more money out of you by selling you a proprietary trading product.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Gareth J. Hooper on September 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I didn't know anything about options, and had come to Amazon to find a book that I could read that would cover the basics and hopefully go over practical trading strategies that a novice could execute. Well, I read the customer reviews on this book, at the time 9 reviews, all 5 out of 5.

I'm very glad I bought the book! The author covers the basics of options in a very clear, concise and easy to follow way. The author also covers a lot of option trading strategies, and discloses how he trades. The examples are excellent, and easy to follow.

The author also goes over the myths associated with options, and also the pitfalls (i.e. buying options with 1 month left to expiry, like a lot of option newsletters seem to recommend but he certainly does not, quite the opposite).

If you want to read up on options, you can't go wrong with this book.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kirill Droujkov on September 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read dozens books about options. I only came across four, which have a real practical value about real options trading. This one - "Options made easy" - the first one. It's a very good introduction to option theory and practical approach of trading. Three others - "Options Workbook" by Tony Saliba, "Volatility" by Natenberg and "Options: Perceptions and Deceptions" by Cottle. All other books so far - theoretical garbage by people who want to make money by only selling books and useless services, but not trading options!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By marcopolo on October 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Having read a large number of stocks and trading psychology books and trading stocks/CFDs and moving on to Options I bought and read this and Michael Thomsetts 'Getting started in Options' book. Choose this one. Its an easy read style, clear text and graphs and makes it all understandable. As a bonus, the best thing is for new traders are the excellent chapters on Psychology and Technical Analysis which could stand alone as mini-guide on these subjects.(Intermediate/advanced traders could skip them but they are a useful reminder). There are a couple of references to his software but that is fine (in fact while this is a book review I have also benefitted from his course and using the software). At the end is also a good 'Putting it all together' section to actually DO the option trading as well as a useful strategy summary. I am now successfully trading options, initiated to a large to degree by this book.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Fred Flynn on April 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Having decided to trade options I read every book available on the subject and viewed a number of videos. When I finally caught up with Guy Cohen's's book I thought I do not need another book on this subject, wrong. I quickly realised that the title "options made Easy" was correct it was by far the easiest book to understand the different strategies available with the potential risks & rewards of each trade, His trading symbols are unique.
When I sent a query to Guy's website I was astonished to get an answer in hours, very impressive.
If you want a thorough grounding in options in an easy to understand format I thoroughly recommend this book
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