# An Introduction to Options Trading

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## Beschreibung

### Beschreibung

"An Introduction to Options Trading is a pleasurable book to read. The simplicity of the language and exposition make it accessible to a wide spectrum of interested readers, especially to option traders. Although no rigorous mathematics is discussed in this book, the formulas used are well motivated and explained." Karma Dajani, Utrecht University, The Netherlands An Introduction to Options Trading is one of the first books to explain where the profit of option traders really comes from. Although people usually assume that this profit relates to bid-offer spreads, this book actually shows that there is a much more sophisticated way of making money when trading options. This book shows why investors use option structures to satisfy their needs, and what practical implications these option structures have on the trader. Explaining the theory and practice of options trading from scratch, the reader will quickly become familiar with delta hedging, gamma, vega and theta and how these terms relate to the trader's profit. Throughout the book real-life examples will be used to explain the practicalities of options bringing the theory behind options to life. After reading An Introduction to Options Trading the reader will understand how options can be tailored to an investor's needs. The book will give the reader an understanding of the incredible potential of making money through options and will equip him with the necessary tools to deal with options in practice.### Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface.Acknowledgements.

Introduction

1. OPTIONS.

1.1 Examples.

1.2 American versus European options.

1.3 Terminology.

1.4 Early exercise of American options.

1.5 Payoffs.

1.6 Put-call Parity.

2. THE BLACK-SCHOLES FORMULA.

2.1 Volatility and the Black-Scholes formula.

2.2 Interest rate and the Black-Scholes formula.

2.3 Pricing American options.

3. DIVIDENDS AND THEIR EFFECT ON OPTIONS.

3.1 Forwards.

3.2 Pricing of stock options including dividends.

3.3 Pricing options in terms of the forward.

3.4 Dividend risk for options.

3.5 Synthetics.

4. IMPLIED VOLATILITY.

4.1 Example.

4.2 Strategy and implied volatility.

5. DELTA.

5.1 Delta hedging.

5.2 The most dividend sensitive options.

5.3 Exercise-ready American calls in dividend paying stocks.

6. THREE OTHER GREEKS.

6.1 Gamma.

6.2 Theta.

6.3 Vega.

7. THE PROFIT OF OPTION TRADERS.

7.1 Dynamic hedging of a long call option.

7.2 Dynamic hedging of a short call option.

7.3 Profit formula for dynamic formula.

7.4 The relationship between dynamic hedging and q.

7.5 The relationship between dynamic hedging and q when the interest rate is Strictly positive.

7.6 Conclusion.

8. OPTION GREEKS IN PRACTICE.

8.1 Interaction between Gamma and Vega.

8.2 The importance of the direction of the underlying share to the option Greeks.

8.3 Pin risk for short dated options.

8.4 The riskiest options to go short.

9. SKEW.

19.1 What is skew?

9.2 Reason for skew.

9.3 Reason for higher volatilities in falling markets.

10. SEVERAL OPTION STRATEGIES.

10.1 Call spread.

10.2 Put spread.

10.3 Collar.

10.4 Straddle.

10.5 Strangle.

11. DIFFERENT OPTION STRATEGIES AND WHY INVESTORS EXECUTE THEM.

11.1 The portfolio manager's approach to options.

11.2 Options and Corporates with cross-holdings.

11.3 Options in case of a takeover.

11.4 Risk reversals for insurance companies.

11.5 Pre-paid forwards.

11.6 Employee incentive schemes.

11.7 Share Buy-backs.

12. TWO EXOTIC OPTIONS.

12.1 The quanto option.

12.2 The composite option.

13. REPO.

13.1 A repo example.

13.2 Repo in case of a takeover.

13.3 Repo and its effect on options.

13.4 Takeover in cash and its effect on the forward.

Appendix A: Probability that an option expires in the money.

Appendix B: Variance of a composite option.

Bibliography.

Index.

### Portrait

Frans de Weert is mathematician by training who is currently working as an equity derivatives trader at Barclays Capital, New York. After obtaining his masters in Mathematics, specializing in probability theory and financial mathematics at the University of Utrecht, he went on to do a research degree, M.Phil, in probability theory at the University of Manchester.After his academic career he started working as trader for Barclays Capital in London. In this role he gained experience in trading many different derivative products on European and American equities. After two and half years in London, he moved to New York to start trading derivatives on both Latin American as well as US underlyings. Frans de Weert lives in New York city.EAN: 9780470029701

ISBN: 0470029706

Untertitel: 'Securities & Investment Instit'.
Sprache: Englisch.

Verlag: JOHN WILEY & SONS INC

Erscheinungsdatum: August 2006

Seitenanzahl: 157 Seiten

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