Chapter 1 - Introduction
The introduction for the volatility class establishes the basic principle of volatility-probability theory.
Chapter 2 - What is Volatility
This chapter defines volatility and its components including historical volatility and annualized standard deviation of returns. This chapter also has helpful interactive examples that display standard deviations over a variance of hypothetical stock prices.
Chapter 3 - Past vs. Future
Chapter 3 introduces the student to the fundamental theory of current / implied volatility derived from an option's theoretical value. This chapter discusses how over or under priced options can be calculated using current implied volatility when measured against historical volatility. This chapter provides interactive examples with a hypothetical stock position.
Chapter 4 - Effect on Pocketbook
The "Effect on Pocketbook" chapter is designed to use the previous content from this course and tie it into the dollar effect on an option trader. The student will find an excellent interactive volatility calculator in this chapter. This customizable calculator allows the user to load a real-time position and calculate implied volatility along with the effect of passage of time, change in stock price, and all other option price variables. This chapter also illustrates how the ebb and flow of implied volatility can act independently of the passage of time and other option price variables.
The conclusion briefly recaps the components of volatility and importance of understanding the critical effect volatility has on a given option position. The final point in the conclusion is the importance of distinguishing the difference between forecasting stock movement and volatility movement and how the two can act independent of each other.
Test your knowledge.
OIC401W: Volatility for Options Investors
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