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OIC202C: Buying Puts

Course Objective:

The objective of the course is to introduce the long put, what some of the benefits are, and what the position looks like graphically. The course also explains how long puts can be components of more complex trades.

Who Should Take This Course:

Fundamental and Intermediate Students

Course Description:

"Buying Puts" introduces buying puts as a directional, decidedly bearish strategy. This course covers profit potential, maximum risk, primary benefits, and how the choice of a long put's strike price and expiration month can allow an investor to tailor both risk of loss and profit potential.

Course Chapters

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Introduces what a long put is, what some of the benefits are, and what the position looks like graphically. This chapter also explains how long puts can be components of more complex trades.

Chapter 2 - Strategy Overview

In this chapter the benefits of a long put position are explained including the use of long puts to circumvent the Up-Tick rule. Additional topics covered include the fixed profit potential, loss potential, break-even point, the effect of volatility change and the passage of time.

Chapter 3 - Strategy Specifics

This chapter takes a hypothetical put purchase and then comprehensively expands on each of the sub-topics of Chapter 2. This chapter explains why a put purchase is decidedly bearish and could be a rewarding position for downward stock movement.

Chapter 4 - Choices

This chapter explains how the choice of month and strike correlate to risk and reward. It also discusses how motivations lead us to risk vs. reward assumptions, which then lead us to corresponding months and strikes.

Chapter 5 - Alternatives

The alternatives of a long put position prior to expiration are explained.

Chapter 6 - Conclusion

This chapter ties together all the previously discussed concepts.

Chapter 7 - Review and Quiz

Review of what you have learned and final quiz.

Course Resources:

Podcasts

OIC110P: Options Basics

OIC120P: Essential Options Concepts

OIC121P: Terminology & Mechanics

OIC122P: Covered Calls

Webcasts

OIC101W: The Options Basics Webcast

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