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Options as a Strategic Investment, 4th Edition
By: Mcmillan, Lawrence G.; Mcmillan, L. G.

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Synopsis:
The market in listed options and non-equity option products provides investors and traders with a wealth of new, strategic opportunities for managing their investments. This updated and revised Third Edition of the bestselling options book of all time gives you the latest market-tested tools for maximizing the earnings potential of your portfolio while reducing downside risk - no matter how the market is performing. Inside this expanded edition are scores of proven techniques and business-tested tactics for investing in many of the innovative new options products available. For example, you'll find buy and sell strategies for Long Term Equity Anticipation Securities (LEAPS); a thorough analysis of neutral trading, how it works, and various ways it can improve your overall profit picture; detailed guidance for investing in Preferred Equity Redemption Cumulative Stocks (PERCS> and how to hedge them with common and regular options; an extensive overview of futures and futures options; and much more. Written especially for investors who have some familiarity with the option market, this comprehensive reference also shows you the concepts and applications of various option strategies - how they work, in which situations, and why ... techniques for using index options and futures to protect your portfolio and improve your return ... and the implications of the tax laws for option writers, including allowable long-term gains and losses. In addition, detailed examples, exhibits, and checklists show you the power of each strategy under carefully described market conditions.

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Jacket Description:
The options world has a lot to offer investors and traders alike, but it can be dauntingly hard to understand. Since its original publication, Options as a Strategic Investment has answered many a question; and each succeeding edition has answered many more. It is the options reference in our office.
John Bollinger, CFA, CMT, President
Bollinger Capital Management, Manhattan Beach, California Larry McMillan’s Fourth Edition of Options as a Strategic Investment is a must read. This latest version of his original classic presents his latest thinking on options. McMillan is truly the master of his field.
John Murphy, President
Murphy Morris, Inc., Dallas, Texas
Larry’s book is the bible of the options community. It has established the benchmark by which all other option books are compared - and none measure up. Alex Jacobson, Vice President International Securities Exchange, New York, New York Larry has taken options education into the 21st century with this book. His insights into trading concepts will always stand the test of time. Keeping up with the latest information on options is mandatory and no one does it more masterfully than Larry.
Mark D. Cook, Professional Options Trader
Mark D. Cook Trading Instruction, East Sparta, Ohio
The options product is the premier tool for managing risk, but most professionals are no longer taught about it, and individual investors shun it because of its supposed complexity. Mr. McMillan not only makes this risk management tool easy to understand, but fun to learn. Did you realize that if you own a car you own a put? Read the book and find out how you are already using options as a risk management tool without realizing it. This book should be read by everyone - professionals and individual investors alike. Thomas J. Dorsey, President Dorsey, Wright & Assoc., Richmond, Virginia The best one-stop source of understandable option information that you can act on immediately. Every serious investor should read this book.
Ken and Daria Dolan
Heard daily across America on the WOR radio network.
About the Author
Lawrence G. McMillan is the editor of The Option Strategist Newsletter and the author of numerous articles on options and investment trading. Formerly senior vice president of the Equity Arbitrage Department at Thomson McKinnon Securities, he currently publishes newsletters and gives seminars on options, manages money for private clients and trades his own account


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Table of Contents:
Preface Pt. I Basic Properties of Stock Options
Ch. 1 Definitions 3
Pt. II Call Option Strategies
Ch. 2 Covered Call Writing 39
Ch. 3 Call Buying 95
Ch. 4 Other Call Buying Strategies 118 Ch. 5 Naked Call Writing 132
Ch. 6 Ratio Call Writing 146
Ch. 7 Bull Spreads 172
Ch. 8 Bear Spreads Using Call Options 186
Ch. 9 Calendar Spreads 191
Ch. 10 The Butterfly Spread 200
Ch. 11 Ratio Call Spreads 210
Ch. 12 Combining Calendar and Ratio Spreads 222
Ch. 13 Reverse Spreads 230
Ch. 14 Diagonalizing a Spread 236
Pt. III Put Option Strategies
Ch. 15 Put Option Basics 245
Ch. 16 Put Option Buying 256
Ch. 17 Put Buying a Conjunction with Common Stock Ownership 271
Ch. 18 Buying Puts in Conjunction with Call Purchases 281
Ch. 19 The Sale of a Put 292
Ch. 20 The Sale of a Straddle 302
Ch. 21 Synthetic Stock Positions Created by Puts and Calls 321
Ch. 22 Basic Put Spreads 329
Ch. 23 Spreads Combining Calls and Puts 336
Ch. 24 Ratio Spreads Using Puts 358 Ch. 25 LEAPS 367
Pt. IV Additional Considerations
Ch. 26 Buying Options and Treasury Bills 413
Ch. 27 Arbitrage 422
Ch. 28 Mathematical Applications 456 Pt. V Index Options and Futures
Ch. 29 Introduction to Index Option Products and Futures 493
Ch. 30 Stock Index Hedging Strategies 531
Ch. 31 Index Spreading 579
Ch. 32 Structured Products 589
Ch. 33 Mathematical Considerations for Index Products 641
Ch. 34 Futures and Futures Options 652 Ch. 35 Futures Option Strategies for Futures Spreads 696
Pt. VI Measuring and Trading Volatility Ch. 36 The Basics of Volatility Trading 727
Ch. 37 How Volatility Affects Popular Strategies 749
Ch. 38 The Distribution of Stock Prices 783
Ch. 39 Volatility Trading Techniques 812
Ch. 40 Advanced Concepts 846
Ch. 41 Taxes 908
Ch. 42 The Best Strategy? 932 Postscript 938
Pt. VII Appendices
App. A Strategy Summary 943
App. B Equivalent Positions 945
App. C Formulae 947 App. D Graphs 957 App. E Qualified Covered Calls 961 Glossary 963
Index 983



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