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Advanced Level Syllabus

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Seminars
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A Closer Look: Options and Volatility

This free, 2-hour seminar explores how trading Index or volatility options can be a smart choice to help you mitigate risk or generate income in a diversified portfolio.

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FOCUS Series: Income Generation

Join instructors from the CBOE Options Institute for a one-day class that will focus on using options to enhance portfolio income.

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FOCUS Series: Index Trading Strategies

Join instructors from the CBOE Options Institute for a one-day class focused on trading S&P 500® Index and Russell 2000® Index options.

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FOCUS Series: Trading Ideas & Strategy Selection

Join instructors from the CBOE Options Institute for a one-day class focused on generating trade ideas using analytic tools including the powerful Livevol® platform.

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FOCUS Series: Weeklys

Join instructors from the CBOE Options Institute for a one-day class focused on Weeklys, one of the fastest growing areas in the option trading arena.

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Options Trading 201: Beyond Basics for Intermediates

Move beyond basics in this 2-day seminar introducing you to trading Index options, Weeklys options and more.

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Smart Women, Smart Options, Smart Investing

Designed with an unbiased framework, this financial education series is committed to helping women refine their investment choices to grow and conserve wealth.

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Online Courses
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Basics of Spreading: Butterflies and Condors

This module presents detailed explanations and examples of Butterfly and Condor spreads.

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Basics of Spreading: Ratio and Backspreads

This course examines ratio spreads and backspreads.

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Managing Option Positions

This course takes a trader through adjusting and managing option positions.

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Managing Stock Positions

An introduction on how to use options to manage risk in stock positions.

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Option Price Behavior

A course covering the various forces that influence the pricing of options.

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Proficiency Exam - Advanced Level

Successfully complete the Advanced Level exam in order to complete this program

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Spreading II

Course covers a variety of advanced spreads.

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Trading Volatility

Course covers a variety of strategies that take volatility into account.

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Strategy Discussions
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Equity Option Strategies - Covered Combinations

View this discussion on the use of covered combination strategies and the risk / reward payoff.

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Equity Option Strategies - Equity Collar

View this introduction to an equity collar position and a description of how it is used relative to a long equity position.

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Equity Option Strategies - Stock Repair

View an introduction to a stock repair trade and a description on how it is used.

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Index Option Strategies - Buying Index Collars to Protect Portfolios

View this discussion on creating a collar using index options to protect a portfolio from an anticipated down move in the market.

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Index Option Strategies - Buying Index Puts to Hedge the Value of a Portfolio

View this discussion on using index puts to protect a portfolio from a down move in the market.

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S&P 500 Strategies (SPX) - SPX Bear Put Spreads

A discussion of putting on a Bear Put Spread using S&P 500 options.

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S&P 500 Strategies (SPX) Protective Collar with SPX Options

View this strategy paper on using S&P 500 options to create a Collar to protect a portfolio from market volatility.

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Tasks
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Complex Order Book

Go through the Complex Order book, select a trade in the book and place this trade in your paper trading account.

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IB Options and Futures Intelligence Report

Visit this area, develop a trade idea based on the activity displayed and implement it in your paper trading account.

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Options Calculator

Visit this area, develop a trade idea based on the activity displayed and implement it in your paper trading account.

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Simulated Trading Tools

In your paper trading account create an Iron Butterfly Position.

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Simulated Trading Tools

In your paper trading account create a Short Condor Position using Calls.

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Simulated Trading Tools

In your paper trading account create a Long Butterfly Position using Calls.

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Simulated Trading Tools

In your paper trading account create a Short Butterfly Position using Calls.

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Simulated Trading Tools

In your paper trading account take a long position in a stock, assume you have a loss in that stock and then create a Stock Repair Position.

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Simulated Trading Tools

In your paper trading account create a Long Condor Position using Puts.

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Simulated Trading Tools

In your paper trading account create a Long Butterfly Position using Puts.

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Trading Tools
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ActionTracker

ActionTracker displays a small subset of the metrics they analyze to find actionable trades.

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Advanced Charts

This page gives you the ability to chart stocks, etfs, and indexes.

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CBOE - Virtual Trade

Program designed to let you test your trading knowledge and market savvy.

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CBOE Complex Order Book

The Complex Order Book allows you to generate top of the book resting complex spread orders in real-time.

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Equity Research Center

Allows an investor to scan news by date or ticker on equity securities.

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InvestorsObserver Weekly Article

Free weekly sample article from InvestorsObserver.

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Options Scanner

Free options scanning tool from the CBOE.

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Standard & Poor's Daily Select 10 Options Reports

Each day we present reports on 10 stocks selected from S&P's options research.

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The IB Options and Futures Intelligence Report

Powered by Interactive Brokers this page allows traders to scan real time option activity.

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Volatility Finder

Program lets you scan for stocks and ETFs with specific volatility characteristics.

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Strategy Discussions
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Weekly Strategy Collar

Quick overview of a collar.

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Weekly Strategy Long Call Butterfly

Quick overview of a long call butterfly.

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Weekly Strategy Stock Repair

Quick overview of a stock repair.

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Books
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McMillan on Options

Great book on several aspects of option trading appropriate for both intermediate and advanced traders.

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Option Volatility & Pricing

An excellent book on options trading for advanced traders.

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Options as a Strategic Investment

Considered the 'bible' of option books.

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