Appendix A. Options Primer

Some of the discussions in this book mention put and call options. In every case, the complexity has been kept to a minimum and lengthy mathematical discussions of option pricing theory have been avoided. However, some terminology and basic principles are important for all investors to understand. This appendix is designed to address those needs with basic definitions and information about the dynamics that affect option pricing.

Most introductory option trading books follow a different approach. They devote the bulk of their discussion to specific trade structures. Many of the structures they describe are complex in the sense that they include both puts and calls with different expirations spanning multiple strike ...

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