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Essential Options: Strategies for Mastering the Stock Market

Learn stock market for beginners with six key strategies: long calls, long puts, covered calls, protective puts and more
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Pro Market Advisors
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By the end of the course you will have option strategies for Bull, Bear and neutral market conditions along with an understanding of technical analysis and risk management.

Join Pro Market Advisors (PMA) founding partners Rick Swope and Shawn Howell as they introduce you to some of the core principles and teach you the strategies necessary to becoming a skilled option trader. 

Designed for novice stock investors and beginning option traders, the PMA Essential Options course:  provides twenty-five video recordings from PMA’s online webinar training sessions along with their 58 page Intro to Options color manual in PDF and three 20 questions quizzes to test your knowledge.  In total you'll receive over four hours of video training. The Stock Market Training course covers topics such as Technical Analysis, Risk Management, Stock Selection and Six Basic Option Strategies (Long Calls, Speculative Puts, Protective Puts, Covered Call/Buy Write, The Collar and Bull Call Spreads.

Rick Swope and Shawn Howell founded Pro Market Advisors to offer you quality, non-hyped, real world financial education.  PMA partnerships include the leaders in trading and investing: E*TRADE, Chicago Board Options Exchange, The Options Industry Council, NYSE Euronext, NASDAQ, and ISE.  Rick and Shawn are also the co-authors of Trading By Numbers (Wiley Global Finance, 2012).

Take this ultimate Stock Market Training course and learn stock market for beginners with 6 essential  strategies. 

Why Trade Options Introductory Video

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Rick Swope explains why Investors and Trader should consider options.

Technical Analysis

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Technical vs. Fundamental Analysis
In this lecture Rick Swope explains how the use of price and volume charts (Technical Analysis) differs from the traditional approach of evaluating a company's stock by evaluating the company's business metrics (Fundamental Analysis) 
2
Defining Trends
Rick covers the technical definitions and identification of up, down and sideways trends.
3
Introduction to Candles Charts
Rick introduces the four key price points in a candlestick chart.
4
Spinning Top and Doji
Rick describes the construction and application of Spinning Top and Doji candle patterns.
5
Shooting Star and Hammer
Rick describes the construction and application of Shooting Star and Hammer candle patterns.
6
Bullish Engulfing and Bearish Engulfing
Rick describes the construction and application of Bullish Engulfing and Bearish Engulfing candle patterns.
7
Moving Average
Rick teaches the key trend-following indicator - the Simple Moving Average.
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Volume and On Balance Volume
In this session, you'll learn how to apply volume indicators to your chart and pattern analysis.
9
Relative Strength Indicator (RSI)
This session will introduce you to one of the basic oscillating indicators:  the Relative Strength Indicator (RSI).
10
Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD)
This video shows you the construction and application of the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator for trending markets.
11
Technical Analysis

Basic Option Concepts and Strategies

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Option Building Blocks
In this lecture Rick and Shawn identify, define and explain option terminology.
2
Option Basic Matrix
In this lecture Rick uses an option matrix to explain the rights and obligations of buyers and sellers of puts/calls.
3
Pros and Cons of Stocks
Investors can choose various investment vehicles. In this lecture Shawn reviews the pros and cons of using stocks over options.
4
Pros and Cons of Options
In this Lecture Shawn highlights the advantages and disadvantages of using option contracts over shares of stock.
5
Buying Calls Example
In this lecture you'll learn the market mechanics of call options.
6
Long Call
In this lecture you'll learn how call options are used as a way to speculate on short upside moves or as a stock substitute for longer term trades.
7
Buying Puts Example
In this lecture you'll learn how put contracts can be used to profit in down markets.
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Basic Option Concepts and Strategies

Intermediate Option Strategies

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Protective Put
Puts are often used to protect profit and equity.  In this lecture you'll learn protective strategies.
2
Covered Call
In this lecture you'll learn how to use options on existing stock positions to generate portfolio income, enhance returns and lower the cost basis of your shares.
3
Call Option Premium
In this lecture you'll learn the components that go into the valuation of call options.
4
Buy/Write
In this lecture you'll learn the trader's version of the covered call as a short term income generation strategy, the buy/write. 
5
The Collar
In this lecture you'll learn a defensive option strategy using covered calls and protective puts in combination. 
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Bull Call Spread
Spread orders are the mainstay of professional option traders. In this lecture you'll learn why option spreads make sense for the professionals and retail traders too.
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Bull Call Spread Example (Part 1)
Vertical spreads can be adjusted for almost every market condition  in this lecture you'll learn how spreads adjustments effect risk, reward and probability.
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Bull Call Spread Example (Part 2)
In this lecture you'll learn the mechanics of opening and closing vertical spreads and how to manage the position.
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Intermediate Option Strategies

This quiz consists of 20 questions from Section 3, Intermediate Option Strategies.  Some are easy and others are designed to trip you up.  Good luck!

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Concluding Message from Rick and Shawn
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