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Option Trading 201, Spreads and Strategies

Trading Option Spreads and Strategies with Big Mike's Trading Forum

Part 2 of 2, Getting Started in Option Trading

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In Option Trading 101 hosted in by Big Mike's Trading forum, we covered the basics of option trading such as defining outright calls and puts, the advantages and disadvantages to options, evaluating market conditions, and thinking outside of the box. 

To review part 1 of this option trading series, please visit the archive (click here).

There are an unlimited number of "options" available to option traders.  Through combinations of long and short futures and options, traders of all types, sizes and skill levels can create an appropriate means of speculation.  Join us on February 25th to discuss the following topics:

  • Using short options to finance long options
  • Selling options to provide room for error in option positions
  • Trading debit spreads - Adjusting bull call and bear put spreads with additional premium collection
  • Trading examples with risk and break even analysis

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*There is substantial risk of loss in trading futures and options! 



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Carley Garner Trading Books

  • Higher Probability Commodity Trading, new Carley Garner book

    Higher Probability Commodity Trading, new Carley Garner book

    According to Phil Flynn, Fox Business News contributor, this is Carley Garner's "masterpiece"! Order from Amazon today! "A great read for both beginner and advanced commodity traders. Carley nails the seemingly impossible task of leveling the playing field by imparting vital concepts in easy to digest bites ...she doesn't leave out the harsh realities and heartbreak many overzealous speculators face." -- JON NAJARIAN, co-founder "I love the book... it's an MBA in trading for the
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  • Commodity Options the Book

    Commodity Options the Book

    It isn't free, but it's close! If this book saves you 2 ticks, you've recouped your investment.   Commodities are hot, as Jim Rogers would say.  Stagnant stocks and the massive bull rally in raw commodities have lured much of the attention away from Wall Street and toward down-town Chicago.  It is difficult to turn on the television or open the newspaper without being reminded of the impact that commodity prices have on our daily lives.   Traders
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  • A Trader's First Book on Commodities

    A Trader's First Book on Commodities

    The Simple, Practical, 100% Useful How-To Guide for New Commodities Traders   Before you trade commodities, you'll need significant practical knowledge of the associated risks and market characteristics. That's where this book comes in. You won't find boring theory or bewilderingly complex trading strategies here. Instead, you will find specific guidance on accessing commodity markets cost-effectively, avoiding common beginners' mistakes, and improving the odds of successful trades. Drawing on her extensive experience teaching traders, Garner shows how to
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  • Currency Trading in the FOREX and Futures Markets

    Currency Trading in the FOREX and Futures Markets

    Get a copy of Carley Garner's latest book at, or any major outlet! "Once again, Carley Garner demonstrates her ability to boil down complex concepts for individual traders. Trading Currencies in the FOREX and Futures Market will put budding currency traders ahead of the curve with its unique blend of the basics and some refreshingly unexpected material." ~ Karris Golden, Traders Press® "Carley is a smart trader and broker; she understands the markets and the importance of
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