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Your Options Handbook: The Practical Reference and Strategy Guide to Trading Options Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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From the Author
IT'S NOT JUST AN OPTIONS BOOK...
When I began writing, I wanted to assemble a complete, practical reference and strategy guide for just about anyone with (or wanting) a basic working knowledge of finance.
This book is for anyone who wants to understand the real story behind trading equities and options in a fun way!
My goal was to have the reader evolve a strong basic understanding of the way that the stock and option markets work, then learn how to analyze the markets in a practical way using simple, yet powerful methods. Then, once you were ready to form an educated rational opinion, I lay out specific strategies for you to employ that best fit your risk tolerance and view.
I bring the reader completely into my thought process, along with some of the most talented traders on the street and our rationale when it comes to investing. This includes education, analysis, strategy, risk management, psychological control and even turning investing into a business.
I do my best to clarify any esoteric concepts and problems that tend to get in the way of the average Joe's success. I don't feel the need to use "big words" when they are not nessasary :)
There are literally hundreds of tips, tricks, strategies and (legal) inside information that I have gathered over the 16 years I have been in the business and are shared with readers in the book.
What I feel is most beneficial is that I have worked in many capacities in the finance industry; from a retail stock broker, market maker, option specialist, risk manager, analyst, media personality and beyond. All of the information and strategies I share is an amalgam of all those experiences and viewpoints assembled in a straightforward format.
I have also spent over seven years educating the general public on investing and options and have listened to feedback from hundreds of students and included many of their questions and suggestions in the book. I take feedback very seriously.
You may have to go through the pages several times, but I assure you that the book will change the way you invest. It is meant to benefit everyone from the most beginner investor to savvy hedge fund manager.
I have been collecting data for 16 years and recording just about every question, solution and tactic my colleagues and I generated over that period and have addressed just about all of them in the book in plain English.
Trading and investing is not easy and I would be lying to you if I told you that after reading this you will make millions and know it all. I can tell you that after reading you will have just about all that you need to be succesful from an information standpoint... but just because you have a fast car doesnt guaruntee you will win the race (or even finish). That part lies in your persona and fiscal situation.
The book is not only informative in its text, but more importantly will create questions for you to answer.
It is not that I have all the answers, but I can tell you that I have a great passion for what I do and a genuine zeal for the betterment of society as a whole. My only desire for this book is to provide one of 5 main benefits for the reader:
1. Learn the option and equity markets on a functional level
2. Control risk and stop the reader from making disastrous investments
3. Increase profits in your trades
4. Control your impulses
5. Learn strategies that put you in control of the markets as opposed to them controlling your destiny.
Thank you for reading!!
Jared A Levy
From the Inside Flap
"With the techniques and strategies contained within these pages, you have everything you need to beat any hedge fund manager." JARED LEVY
Options offer investors a relatively safe, inexpensive way to invest and hedge risk. Despite the rarefied jargon involvedsuch as "backwardation," "pin risk," and "volatility smile"options trading is also much simpler than most people thinkonce you've mastered the basics.
Enter Your Options Handbookyour complete, A-to-Z guide to understanding, entering, and succeeding in the options market. Options wunderkind Jared Levy patiently walks you through the market from a professional's perspective. He introduces you to the market mechanics and the players, explains how options are priced, and schools you in the essentials of trading psychology.
His simple, plain-English explanations of everything from calls and puts to valuation and spreads significantly shorten the learning curve typically associated with options trading. And his step-by-step presentations, illustrated with helpful real-world examples, make major trading techniques and methodologiesas well as the complex mathematics informing themeasy to digest, even for the most math-averse reader.
Your Options Handbook provides a framework for developing an approach to options trading tailored to your unique goals and personality. Levy helps you to identify what kind of trader you are, in terms of tolerance for risk, analytical versus intuitive thinking style, long- and short-term goals, budget, and other key factors. Then, in a series of chapters devoted to specific trading strategies, he helps you design an approach suited to your profile.
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First there is a long (very good) section on history of options, markets, indicators, and analysis. This is good material but no explanation of the mechanisms of options. Some of it is hard to understand if you don't already know the mechanics and terminology of options.
The explanation of greeks comes before you really have a sound basis of understanding of how options actually work.
In other words, it is written from the point of view of an expert options trader with great advice to offer but who has not taken into account the knowledge level or lack of sophistication of his audience. For example, if you are not completely conversant in the terminology around buying puts and calls, vs selling puts and calls then you definitely won't understand when he starts using the "short" and "long" lingo early in the book.
Not quite as bad as Finnigan's Wake, but you probably have to read the book two or three times if this is the only options book you have.
At the same time, all the material is good, and the book is worth having.
I recommend you get a different starter book. My brokerage account has quite a bit of training material and recorded seminars, and that helped me a lot, but I hate it because watching videos is too time consuming. I am still searching for that starter book.
This one will probably be a go-to book for me eventually, but at the moment, much of it is over my head.
The only reason I gave this 4 stars is because some of the graphs are either very small or too fuzzy to read. I believe that would be more of a publishing issue, but you may be affected by it.
I was tempted to buy Larry MacMillan's latest book, but the reviews indicated it had 1,000 pages. This one is significantly less with only 400. Sometimes lengthy books are just overly verbose and I personally don't have time to read 1,000 pages.
Fast Forward 2 weeks: I finished the book and I am still happy with it. I really like the chapters in the back of the book which cover 1)Turning your Trading into a Business and 2)Psychological Capital(emotions). I plan to sit down and update my Stock Trading Selection Guide with this new psych information. Since this Guide has a section for evaluation on exiting the trade, I can use the psych info to evaluate whether my emotions are getting me out of a trade too early or keeping me in it too long.
My book now has sticky colored flags on the pages to help me quickly find the spreads I plan on using regularly. I can also see the risks/rewards that can be achieved if I need to repair one type of spread (say a Bull Put Spread) and changing it to another (i.e. butterfly, iron butterfly, condor, or iron condor).
Not this one. Very good examples that a person like me (from a non-trading world) can have the opportunity to understand how to trade options and take risks.
I can tell that the author spent a lot of time making sure that he could reach out to whomever picked up his book. I enjoyed it very much. Other friends whom I have also recommended this book to have now become active in options trading and are making some money. A read you will not regret.