Getting started with options

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Summary

Join us for an overview of options trading fundamentals and see how investors and traders can use them to potentially hedge risk, generate income, or profit from market movements.

Speaker

Shawn Howell
Senior Strategist, Investor Education, E*TRADE Securities LLC

Shawn joins the E*TRADE education team after two decades as a trader, author, educator, and executive for some of the financial industry's leading brokerage and training firms, including Charles Schwab, Investools, and Thinkorswim Group. In 2009 Shawn co-founded Pro Market Advisors, E*TRADE's education partner for many years. In 2012 Shawn co-authored Trading by Numbers: Scoring Strategies for Every Market (Wiley). Shawn holds the FINRA Series 7 license.

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Our knowledge section has info to get you up to speed and keep you there.

Watch the video to learn the four main reasons investors use options strategies in their portfolios: flexibility, leverage, hedging, and income generation.

Take a look at three common mistakes options traders make: setting unrealistic price expectations, buying too little time, and buying more options than are appropriate for a given objective.

An understanding of “the Greeks” can be useful to any options trader. In a nutshell, options Greeks are statistical values that measure different types of risk, such as time, volatility, and price movement. Though you don’t necessarily need to use the Greeks in order to trade options, they can be very helpful in measuring and understanding certain risks.