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Options as a Strategic Investment epub ebook

by Lawrence G. McMillan

Options as a Strategic Investment epub ebook

Author: Lawrence G. McMillan
Category: Investing
Language: English
Publisher: New York Institute of Finance / Prentice Hall; 4th edition (2001)
Pages: 1001 pages
ISBN: 0735201978
ISBN13: 978-0735201972
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 162
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Lawrence G. McMillan is a professional trader and the author of the bestselling Options as a Strategic Investment

Lawrence G. McMillan is a professional trader and the author of the bestselling Options as a Strategic Investment. He appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, and is the recipient of the prestigious Sullivan Award due to his contribution to the growth and integrity of the US options markets. He is founder and president of McMillan Analysis Corporation.

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The Best Reference Book on Options. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 16 years ago. I won't say I've read every book on Options out there, but I've looked at a range, from the very complex, full of calculus equations and whatnot, to the very simple, and to my mind, this is the best out there. First of all, it is very thorough and well organized. It goes step by step through virtually every option strategy, analyzing the various payoffs, follow-up actions if the market goes against you, etc. It is written clearly and concisely, with lots of examples.

Founder Lawrence G. McMillan has over 35 years of experience trading options and is also well known for his . McMillan has over 35 years of experience trading options and is also well known for his educational option books and option newsletters. His most popular publication, Options As A Strategic Investment is one of the best selling option books of all time and is commonly referred to as "the bible of option trading. Read Larry's full bio . About McMillan Analysis Corp.

Lawrence G. McMillan - noted trader, author of Options As A Strategic Investment, and publisher of option trading newsletters The Option Strategist and Daily Volume . Mr. McMillan literally wrote the book on options trading. McMillan - noted trader, author of Options As A Strategic Investment, and publisher of option trading newsletters The Option Strategist and Daily Volume Alerts. McMillan literally wrote the book on options trading opies and is commonly referred to as the "Options Bible". It is the first book people reach for when they are interested in truly understanding volatility and derivatives trading

Lawrence G. McMillan. in futures and futures options; and the market impact of the most recent changes in the margin rules. Packed with graphs and charts to clarify profit and loss potential, margin requirements, and criteria for selection of a position, this classic remains an indispensable resource for investors determined to master the world of options-and profit.

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The book is for a reader with some degree of investment and trading experience. Unlike the previous books by the author (Options as a Strategic Investment and McMillan on Options), this one covers each phase of the options trading process step-by-step, reinforces individual concepts, and thus allows you to hone and refine skills-in essence, a workbook or study guide. In other words, the aim of this book is study in repetition. You will revive in memory what you already new, and will probably pay attention to some minor new tips.

Reflecting todays market realities and the new innovative options products available, this fourth edition features an in-depth analysis of volatility and volatility trading; updated information on all stock option strategies, reflecting recent market conditions; buy and sell strategies for Long Term Equity Anticipation Securities (LEAPs); detailed guidance for investing in the growing field of structured products; the latest developments in futures and futures options; and the market impact of the most recent changes in the margin rules.

Packed with graphs and charts to clarify profit and loss potential, margin requirements, and criteria for selection of a position, this classic remains an indispensable resource for investors determined to master the world of options--and profit.

Reviews (7)
Kazracage
Several years ago my broker recommended the 4th (2002) edition of this book. I liked it so much that I bought two of McMillan's subsequent publications: McMillan on Options, Second Edition (Wiley Trading) (cited as McMillan, 2004) and Options for Volatile Markets: Managing Volatility and Protecting Against Catastrophic Risk (Bloomberg Financial) (cited as McMillan, 2011). I've learned much from McMillan's books and have given them four-star reviews; however, I am a bit disappointed in the updates to this 5th edition.

Having read the 4th edition and two subsequent publications, I did not find any significantly new material in this 5th edition. About 85% of the book repeats information in the 4th and possibly earlier editions. The new material includes a chapter on mathematical applications (pages 447 - 477) and an expanded discussion of volatility (pages 767 - 947). The mathematical applications give a good overview of an option's theoretical value. If you want to learn how to calculate theoretical values, however, you should also read Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives (4th Edition) (Hull, 2011).

Although new to this book, much of the information on volatility was previously published in McMillan 2004 (pages 241-568) and McMillan 2011 (pages 171 - 204). For example, Figures 41-2 (p 872) and 41-3 (p 878) in this book are identical to Figures 9.1 and 9.9 in McMillan 2011. Also, much of the volatility - related text and several of the tables in this book are similar to those in McMillan 2004 and 2011. While one might criticize McMillan for repackaging the same material in different books, on the positive side: If you buy this book, you do not need to buy the other two.

I am disappointed that this 5th edition still uses hypothetical examples, rather than actual trades. While hypothetical examples are useful in explaining how to construct a position or to illustrate a position's sensitivity to individual variables (i.e., the Greeks: delta, gamma, vega and theta), they often do not give one a practical sense of whether the trade would be profitable or even feasible. Moreover, the hypothetical examples are mathematically rigged to give simple outcomes that do not occur in real trades.

Throughout the book McMillan advises his readers to construct option positions that are insensitive or "delta-neutral" to changes in the price of the underlying stock (e.g. Chapters 6, 11, 12 and 13). In his example of a neutral calendar spread (page 215) he buys 7 April 45 calls and sells 8 July 45 calls. The ratio of calls bought to calls sold was calculated from an unrealistic delta ratio of .7/.8. Actual delta values are expressed to at least four decimal places. A neutral position based on deltas rounded to the nearest tenth would be far from neutral.

Chapter 40 explains how to create a position that is neutral with respect to both gamma and delta and would profit at a specific rate (vega) if implied volatility increases or decreases (pages 835 - 836). Theoretically, such a position would be insensitive to changes in the stock's price but would profit with changes in implied volatility (IV). The example trade sells volatility; i.e. it would profit by $238.00 for every 1% drop in IV. To construct such a position for the hypothetical "XYZ" stock, one must buy 100 April 50 calls, sell 173 April 60 calls and short 1,759 shares of XYZ stock. In my opinion, this is an extremely large position just for the sake of making a profit when implied volatility drops.

I constructed two delta / gamma neutral spreads in a simulated account using the same math and methods that McMillan used in his example. One spread on Apple Computer (AAPL) would profit if implied volatility drops, and another spread on General Electric (GE) would profit if implied volatility rises. Unlike McMillan's example, the only way I could come close to achieving a delta / gamma neutral position was to specify a more modest return from vega e.g. -100.00 < position vega < 100.00. The position vega in McMillan's example is 278.00. Like McMillan's example, these were extraordinarily large positions; so large that the 500,000.00 cash balance in my simulated account did not provide sufficient margin to execute either trade. If anyone wants to see the specifics of these simulated trades, leave a comment or send me an email.

McMillan 2004 (page 505) includes a similar example of a huge position (555 contracts) that is delta/gamma neutral with limited vega risk. Later (page 516) McMillan concedes that this is a "theoretical example", but in this book, McMillan appears to be advising his readers to actually make these large trades. I wonder who he had in mind? Perhaps the London Whale made these types of trades until Jamie Dimon fired him.

The book exaggerates the potential profits and low cost of adding a collar to a long stock position. According to Table 17-3 (page 264), a collar made by the sale of 2 ½ year out-of-the-money (OTM) calls and the purchase of 2 ½ year at-the-money (ATM) puts allows a 30% - 70% profit with a small risk. The text states, "Thus one should consider using 2.5 year LEAPS options when he establishes a collar because the striking price of OTM calls (that are sold) can cover the costs of ATM puts." I checked the price of adding a 2 ½ year collar to NKE, IBM, JPM and AAPL and found that the sale of any OTM call would not cover the cost of an ATM put. To break even, one would have to sell at least two calls for every put purchased. Note that in "Options for Volatile Markets" (McMillan 2011) McMillan recommends a different collar strategy: buy six-month puts and sell one month calls with strike prices approximately 2% OTM (page 149).

I stumbled on a few errors that while insignificant, should not exist after six editions:

* The text states, "Figure 37-8 shows just two cases - implied volatility of 30% and implied volatility of 80%." (page 731) The two curves in Figure 37-8 are both labeled IV = 30%.

* The short "240 January 70 calls" (p 841) should have a negative delta, gamma and vega, and a positive theta.

* The text states, "Since 1986, long-term and short-term capital gains rates have been equal." (page 953). As long as I can remember, tax rates on long-term capital gains has been lower than on short-term. For tax year 2013 the maximum long-term rate is 15% and the maximum short-term rate is 35%.

This long review focuses on a very small portion of this very long book. Generally, this is a good book and it is reasonably-priced. Just keep in mind that the book is not perfect and contains information that was previously published.

Ckelond
This is a review for the 4th edition. This edition is about 15 years old but much cheaper than the 5th edition. Reviews I read online indicated that the 5th edition did not contain a lot more material than the 4th edition. As someone new to the world of options, I find the 4th edition complete enough for my needs. The author gives a simple, but complete picture of buying and selling options.

santa
This book is a very complete reference about option trading. It probably has more information than most people ever wanted to know but you don't read a book like this from front to back. That said, I would recommend reading the early introductory chapters but then concentrating only on chapters that describe the trading technique that you are interested in (Calls, Puts, Vertical Spreads, etc). I especially found discussion about the risk of being assigned useful and it made me more comfortable about buying vertical spreads.

LoboThommy
Buying this book was truly a homerun. The book looks like a giant textbook but is jammed full of great trading ideas. Despite the enormous size, surprisingly there is very little fluff. The author is now shy about giving his professional opinion on the effectiveness of one approach versus another on a relative sense. I highly recommend it.

Kirinaya
As I have gotten older, I find the more I read, the more my mind wanders. By having AND USING a study guide, you force yourself to retain the key points. It has been very helpful for me.

Rko
I have been through many options books and ebooks and this is still my preferred go-to book on options. Although it was published in the 90's, all the content and theories are relevant. I found it useful as a beginning trader and still refer to it years later.

One of the reasons I prefer this book to others is that while most options books define all the terminology (calls, puts, spreads, butterfly, delta, etc.), none I have found offer practical guidance on how to employ those strategies. Advanced trade management is what I mean. When to leg-in or out? When to spread? When to straddle? Should I use a ratio spread or diagonal?

No book can give all the answers obviously, every situation is different. But while most books have a very general tone like "buy low sell high", McMillan I think offers the best practical examples and insight.

Wish it was available in ebook so I didn't have to lug around the hardcover. I would definitely buy the ebook if it comes out (i.e. yes, I would buy the book a second time).

Yananoc
Covers everything about Options, even a lot stuff you did not want to know but need to know. At around One Thousand pages this is no lite read and should not be taken as such . If you are wanting to trade Options and be successful then this book is must read period. The dust jacket on this book is the biggest pain in the ---- ever throw it away.

Probably the most valuable book on options strategies on the market, today. McMillan keeps the book updated to keep track of changes in the market, for example, the change from fractional prices to decimal. Definitely a good resource for trading options!

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