A few weeks ago I went to 888options.com and ordered their free DVD on options to see what it had to offer. It finally arrived in the mail this weekend so I decided to take a look at what it had to offer. This DVD will help even the basic investor understand:
- Basic options terminology – calls, puts, strike price, premium, expiration
- How exchange-listed options are traded
- A quiz to test your options knowledge
- How to use the Options Investigator, another free, hands-on tool that will get you focused on options
It’s Good to Have Options is hosted by Terry Savage, a nationally syndicated Chicago Sun-Times columnist and a regular television commentator on CNN, CNBC, PBS and NBC. She has written four best-selling books about personal finance and is a registered investment advisor. In this DVD, she poses questions to a panel of options industry professionals, including an OIC Help Desk specialist, OIC instructors, and a journalist who routinely reports on financial markets.
This DVD is put together very nicely and covers most basic information on options very well. If you are new to options, or would like to learn more I would recommend this free video. It is no substitute for understanding option strategies provided by a comprehensive options book, but this is a great place to start.
I am a big fan of options once you begin investing above and beyond your standard retirement account due to the many great hedging strategies and leverage they provide. I will be discussing options and the role they can play in your overall investment portfolio sometime in the future. Until then, I would take a look at the broad overview provided by this DVD.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.