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What is the best resource for me to learn about trading options?

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If you want to learn from books, then start with "Option Volatility & pricing" by Sheldon Natenberg. Later, a more advance book is "Options as a Strategic Investment" by Lawrence G. McMillan.

As for option course, you can visit my Options-Course site at: 583

where you can look at the Case-Studies and  my Blog for free. 

Oh boy, where to start... I've spent most of my free time over the last year answering this question for myself ;)

You can get the basics of puts and calls off Wikipedia, but it takes a while to get the intuition down, understand spreads, etc. This just comes with research and practice. But understanding the instrument and profitably trading are two totally different things.

To understand at a philosophical level why and a bit of how (generally long, not short), I highly recommend Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. It has simultaneously everything and nothing to do with options trading. Armed with the basics of puts and calls though, you can infer what he's doing.

Next, I would recommend starting reading his book Dynamic Hedging, which is a proper technical work on options that is actually surprisingly approachable. He gets deep in the weeds, but I promise it's worth it if you're serious about this. You don't need to finish the book before making your first trade (I'm still in progress; about 25% through).

There are also of course a number of RV videos I found off the hook awesome. Watch these as soon as you understand the basics of puts and calls, and have some intuition of what delta, gamma, and theta are. Then re-watch them again after a few months of study and your mind will be blown.

Finally, I'd also recommend Chapter 3 and all of Part VII of Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails (available free: It covers some of the math of the distributions, risk, hedging, etc. in a lot of depth (requires basic Calculus in some parts). This tends to be a bit more theoretical than about the practicalities of trading, but I found it worthwhile.

Hope this helps!

My favorite online platforms are SteadyOptions and NavigationTrading.   

Both are premium subscriptions (i have been a subscriber of both), BUT offer inredible educational content and break down their actual strategies (that are profitable).

Learning the basics of spreads, and reading Sheldon nattenberg is all good stuff (and should be required reading... but for me options didn't really 'click' until i was trading actual profitable strategies.     Tony Saliba's book on Options is also a fantastic no-nonsense resource. 



I would start with doing all the basics on the Options industry council website using the educational stuff for beginners: Similarly, I can't find on the website this is a great primer on option strategies:

I would then second OptionAlpha as a great resource for in-depth training, after the above - admittedly I went through it in 2015-2016 and am still trading options well with the knowledge I gained. Even with many a hiatus from trading, the principles from this have stuck with me and even helped me to trade other products eventually like FX and Futures.

I would also say if you are flexible, even though for FX trading, funny name but go to babypips.com82 and do the School of Pipsology Kindergarten and Elementary ( 215while doing which ever Options trading course you choose to do. Good primers on how traders might be looking at and analyzing trades of the maybe options or the underlying assets of the options you end up trading.

OptionAlpha is a great learning program that I went through to learn the basics. I didn't know anything about options and it ended up being a friendly entry point.

the best resource to learn trading options? Well even if ultimately you don't like their strategies e.g. Short Premium, Selling Options etc that is an absolute no brainer .............. Please note neither I nor any member of my family or friends have relationships with the people involved. live online TV for 7.5 hours per day, trading options with their own money Monday - Friday, also live 1 hour sessions each Saturday, and again live for 30 minutes each Sunday afternoon prior to the Futures Opening. Anyone can watch, there is no payment firewall, all free..................

All entirely free, irrespective of being a client or not of their Brokerage or their new Futures Exchange they answer all emails from any body you don't even have to be registered user of their educational material  to receive a response to a question.

One can go high level basic or start a deep dive low level journey which will take approx 2 years of daily immersion in the subject.  

One very important note, these folks are primarly focused on SELLING (short) options which in some ways is analogous to being a Market Maker to all those on RV, speakers and subscribers that appear to only focus, or only interested in Long Options Strategies i.e. in effect Tasty will advocate their is opportunity in taking the other side of all Long Options trading Strategies

I remain of the view, often stated on RV since it's day 1 inception it's RV Options Content is entirely un-balanced and to date has never made any attempt to talk about the other side with short premium Option Strategies.  I'm inclined to think this maybe due to their own and their invited speakers Compliance issues or quick win Sales interests i.e. who will be willing stick around if told up front getting serious about "learning short premium options trading" is going to take maybe 2 years to attain an average level of competence.

TastyTrade advocate Portfolios with -'ve Delta (always directional short), Positive Theta, -'ve Vega (short vol) made up of only the most liquid Options and Futures, they are agnostic, almost to the point of indifference on choice of underlying as long as they're are liquid.  In approx terms, on any one trading day (US Markets) there are only approx 200 symbols with optimal Option Liquidity characteristics.

Note with Options it always helps the learning process if one has a good mathmatical background or at the very least sufficient mathmatical knowledge to appreciate and untilmately trust the maths involved. You certanly don't need a Math PhD.


tastytrade is the best source in my opinion. You can check out the series "where do I start". They have multiple series going back years of them teaching their employees/kids to trade options. They have a certain style/strategy but they will teach you everything you need to know. For example:

I finished ITPM courses and mentor program. Highly recommended. 
The MD is ex GS and the mentors all have excellent references.

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