Getting Started in Options
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Getting Started in Options

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An easy-to-read and updated guide to the dynamic world of options investing

During the recent market turmoil, option trading volume actually increased, but many are still unsure of the opportunities that options present, simply because they don't fully understand how this market works. With "Getting Started in Options, Eighth Edition, " author" "Michael C. Thomsett looks to...more
ebook, Eighth Edition, 416 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 17th 1989)
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"options investing contains many traps, making it one of the more challenging specialties you can find. It has a complex and specialized language; it changes rapidly; and it requires a high degree of comfort with mathematics. Thus, it is easy for people to become lost in terminology, to fail to act quickly enough to take advantage of the momentary situation, or to become confused by the calculations required to assess risk and potential profit. It is also easy to become distracted by the theoret...more
Chris Maguire
This book gave me a very clear view of options, how they work and what they're for: buying & selling, calls and puts. There are plenty of clear examples that walk through the details of the many situations in which options are used.

I did skip a few (maybe 20?) pages at the very end that went into some complex multi-option strategies.

After reading this book I no longer have to decipher the terms "call" and "put" and I spend way less time doing mental gymnastics trying to remember how sellin...more
Andrew Mueller
This was the very first book I read about trading options. I really like Michael style of covering the topic and found this to be a great resource as I got into options. I would definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in getting into options.

There are probably about 100 books that cover how to get into options - there is a good list on Amazon as well. They all are organized in a similar fashion. Thomsett's book has good clear current examples with charts and diagrams.

In my j...more
I good basic book on options trading. A very easy read for a beginner and a good refresher for those who got burned and want to learn from past mistakes... I'd get involved in learning about stock and their function and pricing or valuation before getting involved in this "sort of speculation". It is speculation and yes you can "hedge your bets" but learn first and paper trade before EVER putting money in the market you'll thank yourself later. Good Reads to follow on with: Mcmillan on Options,...more
The downfall of audio books is the inability to see the visual aids or to reference past chapters. Such is the case with this book. Although I think I would have had a hard time getting through it if I was reading the hard copy, I found myself wishing I did have it so that I could revisit earlier chapters. That said, option trading is a concept that takes some time to understand (at least for me!). I thought the author did a good-albeit dry-job of deconstructing the market and defining the langu...more
Good introduction to options for noobs like me who have only done regular stocks. It contains many examples to illustrate the cases and strategies. However, minus one star for too many numerical mistakes/typos in the examples. Good way to check if you actually understand the material, though.
Great book for beginners - as the title states its will "get you started". The tips, examples and glossary are very easy to follow.
Mikel C.
Easy to understand, lots of good introductory information. A good book to start with if one is starting to trade options.
If you know NOTHING about options, this book may help you, a little.
Otherwise, there are better books on the subject.
Томсетт Майкл. Биржевые секреты: опционы. Пер. с англ. В.В. Найденова, А.В.Бушуева. - Смоленск: Русич, 2008. - 384 с.
Joe Fiala
Jul 26, 2007 Joe Fiala rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone getting started in option trading
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This is the book for people getting started. Clear and concise yet thorough. Wonderful starter book.
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