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[BACK COVER] [CATEGORY] Investing [CORNER CUT/READING LINE] Includes powerful Op-Eval4™ option analysis software [HEAD] Praise for the 1st Edition:

“The thoroughness of the coverage makes this exceptionally valuable reading for the … investor who’d like to add some sophistication in establishing and managing his stock holdings by using options.”

--Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities


Straightforward option strategies that reduce your risk and increase your profit potential in virtually any investing or trading program

Options for the Stock Investor, Second Edition introduces you to the many ways you can use options to generate guaranteed cash flow, lower the cost basis of your stocks, increase your trading leverage and profit potential, and more.

Updated from its bestselling first edition to provide you with new option techniques and strategies, this comprehensive handbook explores:

  • Risk-reduction strategies for conservative investors, including buying calls and covered writing
  • Profit-generating strategies for aggressive traders, including vertical spreads, straddles, and strangles
  • Flexible strategies for improving your risk/return profile, including covered straddles, covered combos and ratio spreads

Options for the Stock Investor, Second Edition details how investors can use options to effectively control the risk of holding stock positions, and outlines aggressive strategies traders can use to improve their leverage and profit potential.


Over the past decade, the best selling Options for the Stock Investor has shown thousands of stock investors how to use options to protect their portfolios from bad earnings reports, management miscues, and other unexpected events. Over that same period, scores of new trading rules and products have made options more viable and valuable for trades as well as investors.

Options for the Stock Investor, Second Edition, is updated and expanded to detail the many ways in which options can help you improve your investing performance over both the short- and long-term. Featuring a number of new strategies you can use to enhance your investment performance, whatever your investment style, this hands-on guide provides you with:

  • Step-by-step explanations of what options are and how they work
  • Detailed examples of option behavior in a wide variety of market environments
  • Diagrams to help you visualize the profit or loss potential of every trade before you place it
  • Insights into the psychological differences between investing and trading
  • Examples of ratio spreads, and how they can be used as a “stock repair” for long positions or as a riskier, more high-profit, strategy for advanced traders
  • Strategies for using options to improve the performance of exchange-traded funds, stock indexes, LEAPS, and other popular investment vehicles
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    Op-Eval4™ software, provided free with Options for the Stock Investor, allows you to apply option-pricing formulas to options on individual stocks and indexes, and options that are subject to both American-style and European-Style exercise. The features and capabilities of this program increase the transparency of each option trade you make, allowing you to analyze option prices, calculate theoretical option values, graph numerous option only and option/stock strategies, and more.

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    An all-stock strategy has become far too uncertain for investors looking to improve stock market returns while protecting those returns, especially with the numerous risk-controlling tools that are available to those investors.

    Options are the most versatile and valuable of those tools. Options for the Stock investor, 2nd Edition, shows you how to master the mechanics of options, develop realistic expectations of options behavior in virtually every type of market, and incorporate the protection and profit potential of options into your overall trading and investing program.

    James Bittman is senior staff instructor at The Options Institute, the educational arm of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He has been a successful options trader for more than two decades, and is the author of Trading Index Options, and Trading and Hedging with Agricultural Futures and Options and co-author of Options: Essential Concepts.

About the Author

James B. Bittman(Chicago, IL) is senior staff instructor at the Options Institute, the education arm of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the author of several influential books on options.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (June 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071443045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071443043
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis R. Jugan on March 29, 2010
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I recently added "Options for the Stock Investor" to my financial trading and investment library, hoping it would keep its promise describing it as logically written in a systematic and straightforward manner. I'm pleased to say it HASN'T DISAPPOINTED.

Unfortunately, this book hasn't received the attention it deserves among the many books devoted primarily to intermediate options traders/investors. I've always felt that options were explained in a much too "matter of fact" manner, where the most practical information is inadvertently ignored, obscured or non-existent.

Anyone trying to learn stock options is arguably bombarded by fearful information and disorganized, incomplete explanations. This short but concentrated book cuts through the many counterintuitive aspects and implicit contradictions involving stock options.

Beginners need only go to the Investopedia and similar sites on the internet to reinforce the Introduction and supplement their exposure to the language of options.

I've seen some of the worst. This book ranks highly among the best.
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The software that came with the book that allows one to price an option by the Option Pricing Model or a Spread up to four legs was worth the purchase price of the book. Mr. Bittman discusses options from the viewpoint of a stock investor a clear manner by cover topics of interest to a stock investor. Covered Calls, Married Puts. Stock Repair. Using LEAPS as a means for gift giving. He covers when to and when not to to use each of those strategies. The chapters end in a short test. I recommend not skipping the tests but repeating them until one gets each question right. I may have missed it, but I think paper trading is an important part of learning how to trade options.
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By Fred Brown on September 23, 2013
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James Bittman treats the subject of options like a college course, beginning with basics, testing, going on to creating graphs and charts, then to how to trade options and combine strategies to your complement your investing. I finally feel confident about when and how to use options.
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