- 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: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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 Tradingmarkets.com, Stocktwits.com, and Wallstrip.com. Warner has traded options professionally for over 20 years. He lives in suburban New Jersey.
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Some of his ramblings took a complete chapter to describe a concept that he conclude had no relevant value. As soon as I finished reading (skimming) the final two chapters, I "put" the book in the garbage.
This book may appeal to seasoned option traders but if like me, you are a novice, pass this one by.
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! This is one of the best books that I have read in a while.
Despite a few shortcomings, I'll give it 5 stars. (Also, I want to offset some of those people who gave it 1 star. I don't want to pass any judgment on their level of experience or intelligence, but they probably shouldn't have bought the book in the first place.)
I liked this book quite a bit and found a lot of useful insights throughout. Sorry for those of you who were negative and apparently seeking another "get rich quick" book that will lead to nothing of the sort. I've been on Wall Street for 15 years and have yet to see anyone actually get rich quick without also losing it back quick.
The book is deep and requires work and concentration to grasp the concepts. I did it slowly, thought about what I read along the way and found it valuable in my trading when I trade VXX a few times each week. The book required work and effort for me. But so has a lot of whatever I have learned of value. It isn't some Michael Lewis entertainment nor another "Trading for Dummies" kind of book.
In my opinion it read like a well thought out textbook written by an extremely intelligent person explaining a constantly changing complex subject. Maybe that means it is for you, maybe not. I trade for the money, not to gamble and not brag/lie about at cocktail parties, understanding volatility can both make me money and also protect what I manage. It's work, and I'm glad to have worked my way through it.
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