What are Some Good Books on Option Selling?
What should you do if you are interesting in learning more about option selling?
The best way to get started is to read a few good books on the subject.
When I first got started I went to an expensive seminar. After two days I knew enough about options to be dangerous – to my myself. After trying to trade options based on what I had learned at the seminar I realized, after losing a lot of money, that there was more to it.
So I started researching books on options, videos online, websites, etc. Here are some of the best books I found on options and trading in general.
One of the most advertised books is The Complete Guide to Options Selling: How Selling Options Can Lead to Stellar Returns in Bull and Bear Markets by James Cordier and Michael Gross. It goes into detail about option writing strategies that can improve your profit. It reviews all of the basic mechanics of selling options and profiting as well as strategies that are insider-quality, easy to follow, and that have a high-probability approach. The book is written to appeal to the new investor, not a mathematician. In this book you can look forward to learning why selling options is more profitable than buying, and specific strategies for selecting various types of markets. Keep in mind that this book is about futures options, not equity options.
One of the first books I got was Options As A Strategic Investment by Lawrence Mcmillan. I would say this is the “bible” of options books. Why? Because it is huge and covers all the basics of option trading and then some.
Most option books cover the basic strategies but they leave out when you should use these strategies and what to do when the trade goes bad. Very few books talk about adjusting trades. The best one I found that does is The Option Trader’s Handbook – Strategies and Trade Adjustments by George Jabbour and Philip Budwick.
My favorite book on Option Selling is Generate Thousands In Cash On Your Stocks Before Buying or Selling Them, by Samir Elias. I myself have only used a couple chapters of this book but it was a very interesting with good ideas.
Wall Street Money Machine by Wade Cook is also a good read. But read this book for motivation only. Most of the examples and numbers in this book were over exaggerated but still, I liked it and enjoyed it when I was starting out so you might too. Most of the book was on covered calls.
A couple other “should” read book on option volatility are Option Volatility and Pricing by Sheldon Natenberg, and The Volatility Edge in Options Trading by Jeff Augen. Both are technical and for advanced options traders.
Books On Trading
How To Trade In Stocks by Jesse Livermore is a must read. Livermore was the best stock trader of all time and his strategies are now copied by just about every firm on Wall Street.
Trade Your Way To Financial Freedom by Van Tharp is good to give you some basic guidelines on trading.
Trading For A Living by Alexander Elder is also very good. I have all of Elder’s books even though they focus a lot on technical investing, he does show how traders with different styles can all make money if they get the basics right.