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He has 12 years experience in the financial derivatives industry, including time as a trader and hedge specialist. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Interesting Finds Updated Daily. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Ships from and sold by Planet Bookstore.
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Understanding Options 2E Paperback. Special offers and product promotions Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store. About the Author Scott Barrie owns Commodity, Futures and Equity Analytics and is the former head of research and operations for Great Pacific Trading Company in Oregon, an educational brokerage specializing in introducing newcomers to speculating in the futures and options markets.
The Complete Idiot's Guide Paperback: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Rated by customers interested in. Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I had this book sitting around my bookshelf for years.
And when I started and finished it, I wondered why it took me so long to get to it. The author simplifies the most difficult things into neat and understandable descriptions. The explanations of options and different strategies are clearly and plainly explained.
He also does a good job explaining the different futures markets to and their implications and impacts on maintaining an orderly price on products sold to consumers.
Without a futures market, we either won't get products or products would be so over-priced that we could not afford them. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in trading in the futures markets. It has a lot of useful information for anyone starting out on a small budget and working their way up financially.
Was this review helpful to you? I am a veteran investor and run my own retirement plan with my broker. I decided to look into stock options as a way to leverage some speculative issues. Yet I find the info worthwhile as a basis for moving onto stocks. I like the historical perspectives and the relaxed way the data is presented.
I suppose other experienced options investors will find this boring and tiresome but it is important to me and I take my time. It is difficult to write an opinion on Options and Futures as derivatives from other cash markets, without including a thorough analysis on financial risk, and theory of credit and markets to begin with. Hence, the title of Options and Futures within a 'complete idiots' packaging is best left to read by idiots,.
The information in this book is worthy of stars for a novice investor if it had been presented in a coherent, accurate manner. As it is published, the mis-worded sentences and mistakes have the reader constantly going "huh? Example mistakes are using the word "sell" where the word "buy" was clearly intended and vice versa - oops don't make that mistake with real money! YY cents" is a confusing expression used repeatedly throughout the book.
The book is not well written. Lots of fluff - irrelevant info that does not relate to 'understanding' options and futures. Some stupid descriptions of type of brokers, order routing, reading symbols and price quotes. Options explanation is based on options on futures! Just used for personal finance. It was extremely helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I was looking hoping for more depth on options than I found here. It is certainly an elementary read. I guess it was all in the title!
I personally prefer stock, bonds, and mutual funds, but you can make a ton of money trading futures and options. As the author says "People can reap huge profits, or lose their shirts". The book gives a very good overview of all the major markets, including history of futures trading as well as how large an order should be, the typical margin put up, and how volitle of and investment a particular futures market can be, like advising corn as a good starting point and staying away from metals.
I also agree with that philosophy. Another thing the author does in explaing the markets that i like is that he informs the reader of all the factors that can influence price fluctuations and how to try to time your movements into and out of the markets based on these trends. I also like that he does admit that there is a time to sell a winner and to sell a loser to cut your loses instead of going deeper in debt.
The thing that I think makes the book most valuable are the options strategies. These also work very well with stocks and some index funds. As the author states these are very limited profit potential, but there is also very little risk.
If you guess the market pretty well then there is almost no risk. My favorite of these is also the most basic the straddle option. Here you can make money if prices go up on down, but not if they remain fairly consistent. You typically purchase and at the money call right to buy option and an at the money put option right to sell the only risk involved is the money that is initially paid for the option. Both are purchase at roughly the same strike price so if a price swing up or down will net the option holder some money.More...