Options Guide


An Investor's Guide to Trading Options

Developed by Lightbulb Press, the creators of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Money & Investing, in collaboration with The Options Industry Council, this handy 64-page guide:

  • Explains what options are and how they work
  • Provides real-world investing scenarios
  • Describes options strategies for various markets

This guide is designed primarily for investors who trade equities but have not added options to their portfolios, those who trade options occasionally, and brokers who want to demystify options for their clients or colleagues.

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Options Strategies Quick Guide

provides a quick overview of various options strategies.

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More E-books

  • Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options (provided by OCC)
    refers solely to options issued by OCC. Prior to buying or selling an option, a person must receive a copy of this brochure.
  • The Equity Options Strategy Guide (PDF)
    introduces some basic equity option strategies available to option and/or stock investors.
  • Expiration Calendars (published yearly)
    highlights expiration dates for equity, index, and interest rate products, currency options, expiration month codes, strike price codes, and exchange holidays.
  • Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities (PDF)
    provides an introductory understanding of exchange-listed, long-term options called LEAPS®
    (Long-term Equity Anticipation Securities).
  • Taxes and Investing (PDF)
    summarizes the basic rules governing the federal income taxation on certain investments made by citizens or residents of the United States who dispose of an investment in a taxable transaction.
  • Understanding Equity Options (PDF)
    provides an introductory understanding of equity options.
  • Understanding Index Options (PDF)
    provides an introductory understanding of index options.

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