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With more than 300,000 copies sold, this blockbuster best-seller is considered to be the bible of options trading. The **new 5th edition** is completely revised and updated to encompass all the latest options trading vehicles, supplying traders and serious investors with an abundance of new, strategic opportunities for managing their investments.

The market in listed options and non-equity option products provides investors and traders with a wealth of new, strategic opportunities for managing their investments. This updated and revised fifth edition of the bestselling Options as a Strategic Investment gives you the latest market-tested tools for improving the earnings potential of your portfolio while reducing downside risk—no matter how the market is performing.

Inside this revised edition are scores of proven techniques and business-tested tactics for investing in many of the innovative new options products available. You will find:

- A complete and in-depth discussion of the newest class of listed volatility derivatives, both futures and options
- Portfolio protection techniques explained in depth, using broad-based index put options or the more modern approach—volatility call options
- New and updated examples and tables, using the current option symbology, lower commission rates, decimalization of prices, portfolio margin, and weekly options
- Updated strategy techniques using synthetic straddles, iron condor spreads, backspreads, put ratio spreads, and dual calendar spreads

Written especially for investors who have some familiarity with the option market, this comprehensive reference also shows you the concepts and applications of various option strategies—how they work, in which situations, and why; techniques for using index options and futures to protect one’s portfolio and improve one’s return; and the implications of the tax laws for option writers, including allowable long-term gains and losses. Detailed examples, exhibits, and checklists show you the power of each strategy under carefully described market conditions.

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Hardcover: over 1072 pages

Publisher: Prentice Hall Press; 5 edition (August 7, 2012)

Also available is the Options As A Strategic Investment Study Guide. With reading assignments and quizzes, this study guide will help ensure that you've grasped the key concepts of each chapter.

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*Click each Part below to expand the chapter contents*

- Elementary Definitions
- Factors Influencing the Price of an Option
- Exercise and Assignment: The Mechanics
- The Options Markets
- Option Symbology
- Details of Option Trading
- Order Entry
- Profits and Profit Graphs

- The Importance of Covered Call Writing
- Covered Writing Philosophy
- The Total Return Concept of Covered Writing
- Computing Return on Investment
- Execution of the Covered Write Order
- Selecting a Covered Writing Position
- Writing Against Stock Already Owned
- Diversifying Return and Protection in a Covered Write
- Follow-Up Action
- Special Writing Situations
- Covered Call Writing Summary

- Why Buy?
- Risk and Reward for the Call Buyer
- Which Option to Buy?
- Advanced Selection Criteria
- Follow Up Action
- A Further Comment on Spreads

- The Protected Short Sale (or Synthetic Put)
- Follow Up Actions
- The Reverse Hedge (Simulated Straddle)
- Follow-Up Action
- Altering the Ratio of Long Calls to Short Stock
- Summary

- The Uncovered (Naked) Call Option
- Investment Required
- The Philosophy of Selling Naked Options
- Risk and Reward
- Summary

- The Ratio Write
- Investment Required
- Selection Criteria
- The Variable Ratio Write
- Follow-Up Action
- An Introduction to Call Spread Strategies

- Degrees of Aggressiveness
- Ranking Bull Spreads
- Follow-Up Action
- Other Uses of Bull Spreads
- Summary

- The Bear Spread
- Selecting a Bear Spread
- Follow-Up Action
- Summary

- The Neutral Calendar Spread
- Follow-Up Action
- The Bullish Calendar Spread
- Follow-Up Action
- Using All Three Expiration Series
- Summary

- Selecting the Spread
- Follow-Up Action
- Summary

- Differing Philosophies
- Follow-Up Action
- Summary

- Ratio Calendar Spread
- Choosing the Spread
- Follow-Up Action
- Delta-Neutral Calendar Spreads
- Follow-Up Action

- Reverse Calendar Spreads
- Reverse Ratio Spread (Backspread)

- The Diagonal Bull Spread
- Owning a Call for "Free"
- Diagonal Backspreads
- Call Option Summary

- Put Strategies
- Pricing Put Options
- The Effect of Dividends on Put Option Premiums
- Exercise and Assignment
- Conversion

- Put Buying versus Short Sale
- Selecting Which Put to Buy
- Ranking Prospective Put Purchases
- Follow-Up Action
- Loss-Limiting Action
- Equivalent Positions

- Which Put to Buy
- Tax Considerations
- Put Buyins As Protection for the Covered Call Writer
- No-Cost Collars

- Straddle Buying
- Selecting a Straddle Buy
- Follow-Up Action
- Buying a Strangle

- The Uncovered Put Sale
- Follow-Up Action
- Evaluating a Naked Put Write
- Buying Stock below Its Market Price
- The Covered Put Sale
- Ratio Put Writing

- The Covered Straddle Write
- The Uncovered Straddle Write
- Selecting a Straddle Write
- Follow-Up Action
- Equivalent Stock Position Follow-Up
- Starting Out with the Protection in Place
- Strangle (Combination) Writing
- Further Comments on Uncovered Straddle and Strangle Writing

- Synthetic Long Stock
- Synthetic Short Sale
- Splitting the Strikes
- Summary

- Bear Spread
- Bull Spread
- Calendar Spread

- The Butterfly Spread
- Combining an Option Purchase and a Spread
- A Simple Follow-Up Action for Bull or Bear Spreads
- Three Useful but Complex Strategies
- Selecting the Spreads
- Summary

- The Ratio Put Spread
- Using Deltas
- The Ratio Put Calendar Spread
- A Logical Extension (The Ratio Calendar Combination)
- Put Option Summary

- The Basics
- Pricing LEAPS
- Comparing LEAPS and Short-Term Options
- LEAPS Strategies
- Speculative Option Buying with LEAPS
- Selling LEAPS
- Spreads Using LEAPS
- Summary

- How the Treasury Bill/Option Strategy Operates
- Summary

- Basic Put and Call Arbitrage ("Discounting")
- Dividend Arbitrage
- Conversions and Reversals
- More on Carrying Costs
- Back to Conversions and Reversals
- Risks in Conversions and Reversals
- Summary of Conversion Arbitrage
- The "Interest Play"
- The Box Spread
- Variations on Equivalence Arbitrage
- The Effects of Arbitrage
- Risk Arbitrage Using Options
- Pairs Trading
- Facilitation (Block Positioning)

- The Black-Scholes Model
- Expected Return
- Applying the Calculations to Strategy Decisions
- Facilitation or Institutional Block Positions
- Aiding in Follow-Up Action
- Implementation
- Summary

- Indices
- Cash-Based Options
- Futures
- Options on Index Futures
- Standard Options Strategies Using Index Options
- Put-Call Ratio
- Summary

- Market Baskets
- Program Trading
- Index Arbitrage
- Follow-Up Strategies
- Market Basket Risk
- Impact on the Stock Market
- Simulating an Index
- Trading the Tracking Error
- Summary

- Inter-Index Spreading
- Summary

- Part I: "Riskless" Ownership of A Stock or Index
- The "Structure" of a Structured Product
- Cash Value
- The Cost of the Imbedded Call Option
- Price Behavior Prior to Maturity
- SIS
- Computing the Value of the Imbedded Call When the Underlying Is Trading at a Discount
- The Adjustment Factor
- Other Constructs
- Option Strategies Involving Structured Products
- Lists of Structured Products
- Part II: Pructs Designed to Provide "Income"
- PERCS
- Call Feature
- A PERCS Is a Covered Call Write
- Price Behavior
- PERCS Strategies
- PERCS Summary
- Other Structured Products
- Structure Product Summary

- Arbitrage
- Mathematical Applications

- Futures Contracts
- Options on Futures
- Futures Option Trading Strategies
- Commonplace Mispricing Strategies
- Summary

- Futures Spreads
- Using Futures Options in Futures Spreads
- Summary

- Definitions of Volatility
- Another Approach: GARCH
- Moving Averages
- Implied Volatility
- The Volatility of Volatility
- Volatility Trading
- Why Does Volatility Reach Extremes?
- Summary

- Vega
- Implied Volatility and Delta
- Effects on Neutrality
- Position Vega
- Outright Option Purchases and Sales
- Time Value Premium is a Misnomer
- Volatility and the Put Option
- Straddle or Strangle Buying and Selling
- Call Bull Spreads
- Vertical Put Spreads
- Put Bear Spreads
- Calendar Spreads
- Ratio Spreads and Backspreads
- Summary

- Misconceptions about Volatility
- Volatility Buyer's Rule!
- The Distribution of Stock Prices
- What This Means for Option Traders
- Stock Price Distribution Summary
- The Pricing of Options
- The Probability of Stock Price Movement
- Expected Return
- Summary

- Two Ways Volatility Predictions Can Be Wrong
- Trading the Volatility Prediction
- Trading the Volatility Skew
- Volatility Trading Summary

- Historical and Implied Volatility
- The "Greeks"
- Strategy Considerations: Using the "Greeks"
- Advanced Mathematical Concepts
- Summary

- Neutrality
- Calculation of VIX
- Listed Volatility Futures
- Other Listed Volatility Products
- Listed VIX Options
- Trading Strategies: Directional Signals
- Using VIX Futures Information
- Using and Trading the Term Structure
- Protecting a Stock Portfolio With Volatility Derivatives
- Other Macro Strategies
- Hedged Strategies Using Volatility Derivatives
- Ratio Spreads With VIX Options
- Volatility Derivatives Summary

- History
- Basic Tax Treatment
- Exercise and Assignment
- Special Tax Problems
- Summary
- Tax Planning Strategies for Equity Options
- Summary

- General Concepts: Market Attitude and Equivalent Positions
- What Is Best for Me Might Not Be Best For you
- Mathematical Ranking
- Summary

- Appendix A - Strategy Summary
- Appendix B - Equivalent Positions
- Appendix C - Formulae
- Appendix D - Graphs
- Appendix E - Qualified Covered Calls
- Appendix F- Portfolio Margin
- Glossary
- Index

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