Volatility As An Asset Class (Book Review)

Monday, November 3, 2008

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Volatility as an Asset Class: A guide to buying, selling, and trading third-generation volatility products, ed. Israel Nelken (London: Risk Books, 2007). Israel Nelken, one of the members of the CBOE New Products Committee, has collected 11 essays on the theory and practice of trading volatility as a distinct asset class. The first half of the book examines the measurement of volatility and ways to employ volatility models on several traditional underlying products. The second half is devoted to discussion…

Option Strategies for Directionless Markets (Review)

Friday, July 25, 2008


Option Strategies for Directionless Markets: Trading with Butterflies, Iron Butterflies, and Condors Anthony J. Saliba, with Joseph C. Corona and Karen E. Johnson (Bloomberg Press: 2008) When traders are first exposed to spreading strategies like butterflies and iron condors, one of the first questions they always ask us is, “Can you recommend a book that goes into these strategies in more detail?  Where can I learn more?”  We’ve had to reply that there aren’t really any books that discuss iron…

Free Book, Anyone?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


FT Press sent us a few copies of The Volatility Edge in Options Trading, and we’ll ship a free copy to anyone who refers a friend over the next two weeks. Once your friend has signed up, just send us their name along with your info, and we’ll send the book out to you, pronto. P.S. It’s a very attractive hardback, and makes a great addition to your trading library.

The Volatility Edge in Options Trading (Review)

Monday, February 18, 2008

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The Volatility Edge in Options Trading: New Technical Strategies for Investing in Unstable Markets Jeff Augen (FT Press: 2008) Books on options trading generally come in two varieties. First, there are the bloodless, esoteric academic treatises that reach truly substantive and innovative conclusions, but never bother translating that quantitative research into strategies that are useful for the individual options trader. Then there are the dumbed-down, gimmicky how-to guides that explain what covered calls and calendar spreads are for the hundredth…

Klein: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Sunday, December 2, 2007

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We pretty much avoid political commentary on this site, mostly because this is a trading site, and you don’t come here because you care about our opinions on elections or on policy matters. But at the same time, it’s worth noting that when we trade, we’re all participating in a very powerful, very complex system that has effects all over the world – effects that are not always good or even intended. When Schumpeter first described capitalism as creative


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