Options for Beginners
Straightforward options classes and training, teaching you real strategies to increase consistency of returns and put the odds in your favor
Options have an unearned reputation as being “complicated,” but if you know how to sell a home or buy insurance, you can find success with options.
This course is for intermediate and experienced traders, and a brokerage account is a prerequisite. It simplifies options buying and selling and—above all—shows you how to “wait for the slow pitch.”
You’ll learn to:
- Improve flexibility in your portfolio by adding options
- Approach Calls as down-payments, and Puts as insurance
- Interpret expiration dates, and distinguish intrinsic value from time value
- Calculate breakevens and risk management
- Explore advanced concepts such as spreads, straddles, and strangles
This course includes:
- Over 5 hours of on-demand video, exercises, and interactive content.
- A free Excel spreadsheet that helps you calculate the value of your options over an inputted time and value.
Certificate of Enrollment
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I really struggled to get past the beginners threshold when it came to my understanding of Options. Investopedia Academy’s Options for Beginners course not only helped me understand, but provided me a foundation to build upon. This makes a big difference for me every day now going forward.
- Options Course Intro
- Course Goals
- What You'll Need
- Understanding Options Intro
- What Are Options?
- Intrinsic Value vs. Time Value
- Understanding Options Conclusion/Recap
- Puts and Calls Introduction
- What are Puts?
- What are Calls?
- Buying Options
- Selling Options
- Buying Puts
- Buying Calls
- Selling Puts
- Selling Calls
- Puts and Calls Conclusion
- Buying & Selling Review
- Breakeven & Risk Management Workbook
- Calculating Risk Intro
- Calculating Buying Calls
- Calculating Selling Calls
- Calculating Buying Puts
- Calculating Selling Puts
- Calculating Risk Conclusion
- Patient Analysis Intro
- Time On Your Side
- Patient Analysis Conclusion
- Four Trade Setup Workbook
- Trade One - Income Trade - Selling Call
- Trade Two - Income Trade - Selling Put
- Trade Three - Insurance Protection
- Trade Four - Stock Replacement
- Trade Setup Conclusion
- Charts & Grids Intro
- Live Trade Intro
- Covered Call Sale
- Targeted Purchase
- Buy Insurance
- Long Exposure
- Bonus Trade
- Live Trade Conclusion
About the Instructor
Lucas Downey is Co-Founder of Macro Analytics for Professionals (www.mapsignals.com) where he produces proprietary equity long/short signals via accumulation/distribution research. This research continues to identify market beating long and short stock ideas for both professionals and individual investors. MAP was selected as 1 of 10 research partners exclusively marketed by Bloomberg to institutional clients. Previously, Mr. Downey served as a Director of Equity Derivatives for Cantor Fitzgerald & Co, where he brokered and traded options for 8 years. Additionally, he was Head of ETF sales focusing on client execution & relationships and publishing strong performing stock ideas to clients. With Options for Beginners - his first course for Investopedia Academy - Luke takes his 10+ years of knowledge in options to make the course easy and relatable to anyone in the world. Additionally, he served as Senior Vice President, Equity Derivatives for Jefferies, LLC.
Students are Saying...
Options for Beginners is an outstanding course that is well structured and easy to navigate. I really valued the professional approach of Luke. I now feel confident to go out and do some basic options trades after taking this course.
The course overall was well done and very informative. I feel more comfortable with options after taking the course and it will be an excellent source for reviewing option concepts. I intend to take some other courses soon!
As someone looking for a new income path, Investopedia Academy was exactly what I was looking for. Options for Beginners course and Become a Day Trader provided me a foundation of how to trade. The courses helped me understand the big picture of trading and the risks involved.
I needed an entry-level understanding of the markets, and this course provided me with the crisp and clear information I was after. Most courses and sites make trading very complex, but David Green laid out his strategy in a very easy and straightforward manner. David aligned the content of the course perfectly with his day trading strategy; he could be an outstanding Business School Professor too.
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