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Options Volatility Trading: Strategies for Profiting from Market Swings 1st Edition

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Trading options is not for the faint of heart, but with Options Volatility Trading you can develop the confidence and know-how you need to gain a distinct advantage over other traders.

Whether you’re just starting out or currently managing a portfolio, Options Volatility Trading provides a solid cornerstone of up-to-date knowledge on the underlying mechanics of volatility trading. Written by an experienced trader and educator, this thorough guidebook incorporates expert analysis and real-world research to explain volatility trading for options.

While exploring a variety of strategies for riding market swings, Options Volatility Trading shows you how to:

  • Buy and sell according to the volatility trend
  • Manage long and short gamma positions
  • Handle the swings of expiration week
  • Effectively use double and triple leveraged ETFs
  • Utilize put/call ratios to your advantage

You will learn where and when to look for certain types of trades and what happens to volatility at various times of the year . . . and different days of the week.

Options Volatility Trading is your road map to becoming an enlightened trader who can navigate the information-rich path of volatility to find profits in any type of market.

About the Author

Adam Warner is the founder of the “Daily Options Report” and a faculty member of the popular trading website, Minyanville. com. His writings have appeared on a number of sites, including,, and Warner has traded options professionally for over 20 years. He lives in suburban New Jersey.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071629653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071629652
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Hale on October 23, 2010
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I bought this book on whim. (Actually, Amazon recommended it.) It was well worth the money. I have learned more on a just a few pages than I have from years of experience.

I do admit that there are some parts of the book that go on and on. I think that's probably because the publisher said "Adam, the book needs to have about 300 pages or people won't buy it." The book could probably be cut in half and been just as valuable to me.

One of the other readers commented about the writing style. I understand the concern. Frankly, I love Adam's style. (Check out his blog and follow him on Twitter/StockTwits.) What you will find in the book is a lot of excerpts from other peoples writing. Adam gives due credit to the authors, but sometimes the style changes are like hitting a speed-bump at 45 mph.

The parts on the VIX were absolutely outstanding. Also, discussion of pinning was something I thought I understood, but really had it wrong. Adam does a great job explaining these.

One of the most important points about this book is that YOU SHOULD NOT TRADE THE VIX. If you think you want to trade the VIX, read this book. If you still want to trade the VIX you are either dense, crazy, or a very very sophisticated trader.

This book is not for people who are not already experienced with options. You need to have a good solid understanding of options before reading this book.

I will mention that I was hoping to find more on specific strategies that take advantage of changes in Implied Volatility. But, in all fairness to Adam and the book, he does not claim to provide a cookbook or recipe for trades. Rather he provides the concepts to better understand them. And he delivers on that promise.

Bravo Adam!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ramal Murali on January 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Regarding Options Trading I say: Options Yes - okay, Options No - okay, Options Maybe - you get squished by the market (Mr. Miyagi said to Karate Kid: `Karate Yes' - okay, `Karate No' - okay, `Karate Maybe' - you get squished like a grape). Trading is profitable if you get the direction right; be it stock or options trading, whether you are betting on price movement or volatility movement.

Warner's book is definitely not for the beginner in options. If you have not heard of the `Greeks' before, read a book such as `Volatile Markets Made easy: Trading Stocks and Options for Increased Profits' by Guy Cohen, before attempting to read Warner's book. If you have no patience in reading an `opaque chapter' and reading it again to discover the nuggets of wisdom,this book is not for you. Definitely do not attempt to read the entire book in a single weekend (as I like to do); it can be hazardous to your brain.

It seems unclear which audience Adam Warner intended this book for. Perhaps that's why despite having read a dozen or so books on Options trading before, Adam Warner leaves me in a fog. Options Trading knowledge and expertise clearly abounds in Mr. Warner's veins. It would be much easier on the reader if he knew before hand, whether this book is intended for him. (For example on page 26 Warner states `As a Floor Trader, you end up with all sorts of complex positions).

Is this book a manifestation of a Market Maker seeking redemption for some other market maker's shenanigans? Warner's opening chapter (Who Am I? Why Am I here?) is full of statements defending Market Makers and Specialists; it is interesting reading but does not contribute to the reader's successful trading.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin H. Stecyk on November 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Options Volatility Trading: Strategies for Profiting from Market Swings

**Overall Summary**

I use options in my trading and investing. However, I am not a sophisticated options trader who rebalances his delta hedge on an hourly or daily basis. Instead, I tend to use options to profit from the view I have of the markets or a stock.

As part of my on-going learning, I do read about options on websites, newspapers, and blogs. I read about options traders taking advantage of gamma, and, although I had a sense of what they were doing, I was never clear. After reading Adam Warner's book "Options Volatility Trading," I have a solid understanding.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was like having a conversation with Adam, where he gave me a tutorial on how he thinks about options and how he trades them. He could easily have used complex mathematics, charts and diagrams, overly complex strategies to confuse most readers. Instead, he chose a conversational tone with sufficient material that most options readers would readily understand.

If you are brand new to options, this book might not be the proper entry point for you. Instead, you might wish to view the learning tutorials covered by Options News Network, an online site dedicated to, surprise, options.

If, however, you have a reasonable understanding of options, then you will find this book invaluable. By reasonable understanding of options, you know what a put and a call are and can describe them. Moreover, you have a rough idea of the Greeks, though Warner does provide a quick snapshot of the Greeks in his book.
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