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Trading Options Greeks: How Time, Volatility, and Other Pricing Factors Drive Profits, 2nd Edition by Dan Passarelli

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CHAPTER 3

Understanding Volatility

Most option strategies involve trading volatility in one way or another. It’s easy to think of trading in terms of direction. But trading volatility? Volatility is an abstract concept; it’s a different animal than the linear trading paradigm used by most conventional market players. As an option trader, it is essential to understand and master volatility.

Many traders trade without a solid understanding of volatility and its effect on option prices. These traders are often unhappily surprised when volatility moves against them. They mistake the adverse option price movements that result from volatility for getting ripped off by the market makers or some other market voodoo. Or worse, they surrender to the fact ...

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