Options for Volatile Markets: Managing Volatility and Protecting Against Catastrophic Risk

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Practical option strategies for the new post-crisis financial market

Traditional buy-and-hold investing has been seriously challenged in the wake of the recent financial crisis. With economic and market uncertainty at a very high level, options are still the most effective tool available for managing volatility and downside risk, yet they remain widely underutilized by individuals and investment managers. In Options for Volatile Markets, Richard Lehman and Lawrence McMillan provide you with specific strategies to lower portfolio volatility, bulletproof your portfolio against any catastrophe, and tailor your investments to the precise level of risk you are comfortable with.

While the core strategy of this new edition remains covered call writing, the authors expand into more comprehensive option strategies that offer deeper downside protection or even allow investors to capitalize on market or individual stock volatility. In addition, they discuss new offerings like weekly expirations and options on ETFs. For investors who are looking to capitalize on global investment opportunities but are fearful of lurking "black swans", this book shows how ETFs and options can be utilized to construct portfolios that are continuously protected against unforeseen calamities.

  • A complete guide to the increased control and lowered risk covered call writing offers active investors and traders
  • Addresses the changing investment environment and how to use options to succeed within it
  • Explains how to use options with exchange-traded funds

Understanding options is now more important than ever, and with Options for Volatile Markets as your guide, you'll quickly learn how to use them to protect your portfolio as well as improve its overall performance.

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About the author (2011)

RICHARD LEHMAN is the founder of RHL Capital, a registered investment advisor, and a part-time instructor of behavioral finance and options at UC Berkeley Extension. He is also the author of Far From Random, and publishes an investment newsletter called the Channelist. Lehman's financial career spans more than thirty years in product management, marketing, sales, and investment management beginning with an eleven-year stint on Wall Street with E.F. Hutton & Co., Thomson McKinnon Inc., and the New York Stock Exchange.

LAWRENCE G. MCMILLAN is the founder and President of McMillan Analysis Corporation. He authors the Daily Volume Alerts, a unique daily service that selects short-term stock trades by looking for unusual increases in equity option volume. McMillan manages option-oriented accounts for individual investors and also publishes the Option Strategist, a derivative products newsletter covering equity, index, and futures options. McMillan's web site, www.optionstrategist.com, twice received a "Best of the Web" award from Forbes magazine. He is the coauthor, with Richard Lehman, of the first edition of this book and the author of McMillan on Options (Wiley) and Options as a Strategic Investment.

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