Bible of Options Strategies, The: The Definitive Guide for Practical Trading Strategies, 1st edition

  • Guy Cohen

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"Guy Cohen is the master when it comes to taming the complexities of options. From buying calls and puts to iron butterflies and condors, Guy explains these strategies in a clear and concise manner that options traders of any level can understand. His chapter on options and taxes is especially welcomed (and needed). The Bible of Options Strategies is a straightforward, easy-to-use reference work that should occupy a space on any options trader's bookshelf."
–Bernie Schaeffer, Chairman and CEO, Schaeffer's Investment Research, Inc.

"The author delivers clarity, insight and perception making learning about options a joy, and practicing the art of making money that much easier: truly a bible from a guru."
–Alpesh B. Patel, Author and Financial Times Columnist

"Guy Cohen truly makes learning about options easy in this fact-filled guide. Bullet points make for a quick and enlightened read, getting to the heart of what you really need to know about each options strategy. This book is a must for any serious trader's library."
–Price Headley, Founder,

Pick the right options strategies...implement them step-by-step...maximize your profits!

Introducing today's first and only comprehensive reference to contemporary options trading!

OptionEasy creator Guy Cohen identifies today's popular strategies...and tells you exactly how and when to use each one and what hazards to look out for! It's all here....

  • Basic Strategies including

    Buying and shorting shares, calls, and puts.

  • Income Strategies including

    Covered Call, Naked Put, Bull Put Spread, Bear Call Spread, Long Iron Butterfly, Long Iron Condor, Calendar Call, Diagonal Call...

  • Vertical Spreads including

    Bull Call Spread, Bull Put Spread, Bear Call Spread, Bear Put Spread, Ladders...

  • Volatility Strategies including

    Straddle, Strangle, Guts, Short Butterflies, Short Condors...

  • Sideways Strategies including

    Short Straddle, Short Strangle, Short Guts, Long Butterflies, Long Condors...

  • Leveraged Strategies including

    Call Ratio Backspread, Put Ratio Backspread, Ratio Spreads...

  • Synthetic Strategies including

    Collar, Synthetic Call, Synthetic Put, Synthetic Straddles, Synthetic Futures, Combos, Box Spread...

...and many more strategies...

Plus essential tax-saving information, and more!

  • No other book presents this much authoritative, current information on options trading strategies

  • Covers all of today's best income, volatility, leveraged, synthetic, and sideways market strategies

  • Discover why each strategy works, when it's appropriate, and how to use it—step by step

  • Includes a full chapter on tax issues associated with options strategies

  • By Guy Cohen, whose OptionEasy application has helped thousands of traders achieve breakthrough results!

The Bible of Options Strategies is the definitive reference to contemporary options trading: the one book you need by your side whenever you trade.

Options expert Guy Cohen systematically presents today's most effective strategies for trading options: how and why they work, when they're appropriate, when they're inappropriate, and how to use each one responsibly and with confidence. The only reference of its kind, this book will help you identify and implement the optimal strategy for every opportunity, trading environment, and goal.

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Table of contents



About the Author.

1. The Four Basic Options Strategies.

    Long Call.

    Short (Naked) Call.

    Long Put.

    Short (Naked) Put.

2. Income Strategies.

    Covered Call.

    Short (Naked) Put–Refer to Chapter 1 (1.4).

    Bull Put Spread.

    Bear Call Spread.

    Long Iron Butterfly.

    Long Iron Condor.

    Covered Short Straddle.

    Covered Short Strangle.

    Calendar Call.

    Diagonal Call.

    Calendar Put.

    Diagonal Put.

    Covered Put (Also Known as a Married Put).

3. Vertical Spreads.

    Bull Call Spread.

    Bear Put Spread.

    Bull Put Spread–Refer to Chapter 2 (2.3).

    Bear Call Spread–Refer to Chapter 2 (2.4).

    Bull Call Ladder.

    Bull Put Ladder.

    Bear Call Ladder.

    Bear Put Ladder.

4. Volatility Strategies.






    Short Call Butterfly.

    Short Put Butterfly.

    Short Call Condor.

    Short Put Condor.

    Short Iron Butterfly.

    Short Iron Condor.

5. Sideways Strategies.

    Short Straddle.

    Short Strangle.

    Short Guts.

    Long Call Butterfly.

    Long Put Butterfly.

    Long Call Condor.

    Long Put Condor.

    Modified Call Butterfly.

    Modified Put Butterfly.

    Long Iron Butterfly–Refer to Chapter 2 (2.5).

    Long Iron Condor–Refer to Chapter 2 (2.6).

6. Leveraged Strategies.

    Call Ratio Backspread.

    Put Ratio Backspread.

    Ratio Call Spread.

    Ratio Put Spread.

7. Synthetic Strategies.


    Synthetic Call.

    Synthetic Put.

    Long Call Synthetic Straddle.

    Long Put Synthetic Straddle.

    Short Call Synthetic Straddle.

    Short Put Synthetic Straddle.

    Long Synthetic Future.

    Short Synthetic Future.

    Long Combo.

    Short Combo.

    Long Box.

8. Taxation for Stock and Options Traders.

    Tax on Stocks.

    Tax on Options.

Appendix A: Strategy Table.

Appendix B: Glossary.


Published by FT Press (April 7th 2005) - Copyright © 2005