Options Made Easy: Your Guide to Profitable Trading

Financial Times
Guy Cohen  
Total pages
April 2013
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Options Made Easy has earned a worldwide reputation for its simplicity, clarity and hands-on practicality. With outstanding graphics for step-by-step learning, it's packed with real trades designed to reinforce every new trader's learning experience. Using plain English and clear illustrations to explain key trading strategies, Cohen avoids complex math while effortlessly delivering the practical knowledge traders need.



In this edition Cohen updates all examples and data, utilising the market's new option symbols throughout, and presenting a more streamlined, focused, and up-to-date review of relevant chart patterns and technical analyses. Most important, Cohen thoroughly introduces his breakthrough OVI indicator, derived from actual option transaction data. OVI leads the market, tracking what the world's smartest and savviest options traders are doing right now, and offering signals even beginning option traders can use to earn consistent profits. Step by step, he walks traders through:  

  • Filtering for stocks and selecting the right strategy for each situation
  • Implementing strategies for income, including covered calls and bull put spreads
  • Trading volatility through straddles and strangles
  • Using butterflies and condors to trade rangebound markets
  • Understanding trading psychology and how it impacts option traders


Guy Cohen's best-selling VISUAL guide to option trading -- now fully updated with brand-new data, option symbols, and examples! 

  • A huge worldwide best-seller based on its exceptional reputation for simplicity, clarity, and hands-on practicality
  • Now adds coverage of Guy Cohen's exclusive OVI market indicator, which reveals what the world's smartest, savviest option traders are doing right now
  • Reflects updated option symbols that every trader must understand and use
  • Includes extensive new coverage of chart patterns and technical analysis

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     ix

About the Author     xi

Executive Summary     xii

Preface     xiii

Chapter 1: Introduction to Options     1

Chapter 2: Into the Marketplace     27

Chapter 3: The Basics of Fundamental Analysis     47

Chapter 4: The Basics of Technical Analysis     81

Chapter 5: Two Popular Strategies and How to Improve Them     139

Chapter 6: An Introduction to the Greeks     165

Chapter 7: Bull Call Spreads and Bull Put Spreads     197

Chapter 8: Two Basic Volatility Strategies     219

Chapter 9: Two Basic Sideways Strategies     237

Chapter 10: Trading and Investing Psychology     261

Chapter 11: Putting It All Together--A Call to Action     277

Chapter 12: Trading with the OVI     287

Appendix I: Strategy Table     313

Appendix II: Glossary     325

References and Recommended Reading     339

Index     341

Back Cover

Today’s Easy, Plain-English Guide to Making Consistent Options Profits--Now Fully Updated with New Examples and Powerful New Strategies!


  • Teaches all the essentials with real-life examples and crystal-clear explanations
  • No complicated math or confusing jargon: Learn visually with easy-to-understand pictures!
  • Includes new ways to use chart patterns to identify high-probability trades and design winning trading plans
  • Master Guy Cohen’s unique OVI for anticipating stock moves in time to earn big profits!


Guy Cohen’s Options Made Easy is the world’s #1 plain-English guide to successful options trading. As thousands of traders and investors have already discovered, it’s simple, practical, realistic, visual, 100% interactive, and incredibly easy to use.

Packed with new examples, this third edition is better than ever. For the first time, Cohen teaches you how to use his breakthrough options volatility indicator (OVI) to gain a powerful market advantage. This simple tool helps you predict coming stock price moves by uncovering what the smartest investors are quietly doing right now!


Step-by-step, Options Made Easy, Third Edition, helps you identify high-probability trades...plan and execute winning trading plans...protect capital while others are getting killed...develop the confidence and steely discipline every successful trader needs. Cohen has already helped thousands of professional and novice investors earn bigger profits with options. Now, it’s your turn!


In Options Made Easy, Third Edition, Guy Cohen explains everything you need to know about options in plain English, so you can start trading fast and make consistent profits in any market, bull or bear!


Fully updated for today’s market realities and trading strategies, this guide reveals secrets of options trading that were once limited to elite professionals. It also exposes dangerous options myths, helping you avoid common mistakes that can lead to massive losses.


In this edition, Cohen also introduces his unique, proven options volatility indicator (OVI): a breakthrough tool for identifying opportunities to earn windfall profits.


From start to finish, you’ll learn interactively through fully updated examples, anecdotes, case studies, and pictures. Cohen is your friendly expert guide, helping you pick the right stocks, learn the right strategies, create trading plans that work, and master the psychology of the winning trader.


  • Learn today’s safest ways to trade options
    Options demystified so that you can get past the fear and start profiting!
  • Design a winning trading plan--and stick to it
    Identify high-probability trades that lead to consistent profits
  • Choose the right stocks for maximum profit
    Understand your risk profile and discover exactly when to enter and exit your trades
  • Use the OVI to discover powerful buy/sell signals others miss
    Screen for your best opportunities--stocks that are moving--or are about to move


An innovator in financial trading, Guy Cohen is the creator and originator of the unique OVI Indicator, FlagTrader, and OptionEasy. He is the author of bestselling trading books Options Made Easy, The Bible of Options Strategies, and Volatile Markets Made Easy (FT Prentice Hall). Guy’s new book, The Insider Edge (Wiley), was released in September 2012 and is focused on his OVI Indicator. His published work is complemented by pioneering breakthroughs in the areas of trading and technical indicators, specifically the OVI.

Guy specializes in trading stock and options, with his hallmark being his user-friendly approach and liberal use of illustrations. With Guy, you will find proven techniques to succeed, complemented by industry-leading customer service.

An established and entertaining speaker, Guy has an MBA (finance) from City University (Cass) Business School, London.

Guy is also the author of Your Gut Feeling, which is a self-help autobiography that outlines his complete recovery from a severe case of ulcerative colitis.

For more information about Guy’s trading products, go to http://www.ovitradersclub.com.