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About the Author

Michael C. Thomsett has published more than 70 books on investing and business topics, including Stock Profits: Getting to the Core (FT Press, 2004) and many other books concerning options and stock market investing. His best-selling book Getting Started in Options (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) is in its 8th edition and has sold more than 250,000 copies. He has written many other books published by John Wiley & Sons, Amacom Books, and Dearborn. Thomsett lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 2 edition (January 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137042000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137042005
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been writing professionally since 1978 and fulltime since 1984. Today I operate my options educational website at ThomsettOptions.com
From 1978 to 1984 I wrote part-time and also was a consultant in the financial services industry. Once I began writing fulltime, I began in the magazine journalism field as a freelancer. In 1985 and 1986 I wrote approximately 500 articles in business, trade and professional magazines. I then switched over to books exclusively and have written over 70 books. These include my own as well as ghost-written projects.
Today I like to work on multiple books at the same time, normally two or three projects. Being able to switch back and forth keeps the writing process fresh and interesting. I generally write from 7 a.m. until noon and spend afternoons on research.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By New Economist on January 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I get a little annoyed by books touting these extreme option premiums and doing the math to show these impressive returns. For example, on page 15, he mentions a stock trading at 38 with a strike price of 40 and a call trading for 8. Wow, this is a 21.1 return! What is this a biotech stock with implied volatility of 200%? Later you get the drift that he mostly refers to LEAPS of 27 months! He only lists a few examples that aren't LEAPS and I suspect that is because it sounds better to say that one can make $800 on a $38 stock. Writing puts and calls for 27 months is ridiculous. Not only is your annualized return much lower, but by dealing with shorter time frames, you can hug the trend, earn a higher annualized premium and won't have your capital locked up for 2 years. For example, if you buy SPY, and then write a 2 year LEAPS call for 15 points higher, and then it gets beyond that in 6 months, do you really want to have your capital just sitting around during the remaining time waiting to be exercised?

He also overstates rolling calls that have become at or in the money. He at one point suggests one can roll these indefinitely. In a strong bull market, you may be continually rolling up a few strikes and out a few months, but eventually you are going to hit the last LEAPS series and will be stuck. In this situation you end up just delaying the inevitable loss or calling out of your shares.

Strategies like the 'ratio write' isn't what your average trader would consider a 'ratio write' where you buy a call and write two at a higher strike. No, his version is to sell some covered calls paired with a bear call spread. wtf? why not just call it what it is?

One thing that drove me nuts about this book was the REPETITION.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Burgin on January 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In some ways, this is the best book on options that I have yet read. It certainly helped me understand selling calls, selling puts, and combinations better than any other book has. I also appreciated his constant reminders that he was discussing options in the context of a *conservative* portfolio.

However, the book is poorly structured, disorganized, and very repetitious. All of this makes it a bit difficult to pull out the pearls of wisdom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WorkWithHands on May 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I found this book at the local library and decided to give understanding options yet another try. I have never done options trading but have always been interested. But every material I read hard copies or on line were very confusing for me. I admit I am only up to page 99 but so far this book has explained some concepts of options in ways I can comprehend, albeit the textbook like writing style. Repetitive, I totally see what other reviewers are saying. But for me, it helped to reinforce the concept better. For me, this book is a keeper and am on Amazon now to purchase my own copy.
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This author makes option complexities understandable. Best of all he delivers on the promise of the title with basic, common sense strategy.
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