Contributors

  • cboe

    Biography: Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the largest U.S. options exchange and creator of listed options, continues to set the bar for options trading through product innovation, trading technology and investor education.

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    Biography: Kevin Davitt is a Senior Instructor for The Options Institute at CBOE, the educational arm of the Company. Davitt joined CBOE in 2015. Prior to his work with The Options Institute, Davitt was a successful Market Maker on the floor of the CBOE for LETCO Trading/TD Options as well as Market Street Securities. Davitt traded a number of Russell Indices between 2003 and 2007. Kevin also has extensive experience in commodity trading. He has worked with retail and institutional clientele in the markets.[...]

  • michael-thomsett

    Biography: Michael Thomsett is a prolific author and blogger. He has written 11 options books including the best-selling Getting Started in Options (Wiley, over 300,000 copies sold, 9th ed. released March 4, 2013). He also recently published Options Trading for the Institutional Investor (FT Press). Thomsett teaches at the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) and for Moody’s Analytics. He lives in Nashville and writes and teaches fulltime.

  • marty-kearney

    Biography: Mr. Kearney began his long association with the CBOE when he became an independent Market Maker in early 1981. Mr. Kearney traded options full time on the trading floor until 1992 and periodically thereafter until 1996. In early 1992 he became a founding partner and Registered Options Principal of a brokerage firm based in Chicago, a member firm of the CBOE. Mr. Kearney’s responsibilities included development and implementation of hedging and trading strategies using listed options for their institutional[...]

  • dan-passarelli

    Biography: Options Exchange (CBOE) and CME Group. Dan has written two books on options trading — "Trading Option Greeks" and "The Market Taker's Edge." He is also the founder and CEO of Market Taker Mentoring, Inc., a leading options education firm that provides online options education, options newsletters and personalized, one-on-one coaching for option traders.

  • carolyn-boroden

    Biography: Carolyn Boroden is a commodity trading advisor and technical analyst specializing in Fibonacci analysis. Her unique form of price and time analysis is quickly proving to be one of the most promising trading techniques using Fibonacci available today. Ms. Boroden's first book, Fibonacci Trading: How to Master the Time and Price Advantage, was published by McGraw-Hill in early 2008. She has been involved in the trading industry since 1978 starting on the floor of the CME. She currently produces a video[...]

  • mike-warsh

    Biography: Michael Warsh is Director of Institutional Business Development for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). He currently focuses his efforts on the Pension, Endowment and Foundation space, as well as the Insurance industry, where he specializes in discussions on the effective utilization of products such as S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option, and options on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the world's barometer for market volatility. Michael has over 25 years of industry[...]

  • catherine-shalen

    Biography: Dr. Catherine Shalen has been Director of Research in the Product Development Group of the Chicago Board Options Exchange since 2002. Previously, she worked as a Senior Economist in the research departments of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Prior to joining the Chicago exchanges, she was an assistant professor of finance at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She holds a PhD and an MBA from Columbia University Business School and a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard[...]

  • Rick-Rosenthal

    Biography: Rick Rosenthal is Director, Business Development FTSE Russell Index for CBOE, and actively promoting the use of the FTSE Russell Index products to all market participants. Previously, he served institutional clients and their activities from various Chicago exchange floors owning a FINRA Broker Dealer as well as Head of Listed Equity Derivatives for Dean Witter and Cargill Investor Services. Rick was a FINRA broker for over 30 years and held the series 3, 4, 7, 24, 55, 63, & 66 licenses and holds[...]

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  • Meredith Kelley Zidek

    Biography: Meredith is a private investor whose interests include equities, options, and commodities. She began trading equities in 2007, and since then has cultivated interests in corn, energy, and most recently, index and equity options. Almost all of her trading, which can be seen on grapestrades.blogspot.com, involves short options on volatility-related instruments. She studies the movements of world indexes and analyzes options chains to determine advantageous timing for short-selling of contracts. [...]

  • fari-hamzei

    Biography: Fari Hamzei is frequently quoted by CNBC, Bloomberg and RealMoney. His book, Master Traders: Strategies for Superior Returns from Today’s Top Traders, published by John Wiley & Sons in October 2006, has already become a bestseller on Amazon trading books space. On January 29th, 2007, Timer Digest ranked Fari tied for Third place for the past Three Years in its "Timer of the Year Competition." On June 24th, 2013 (Issue # 567), Fari was ranked 3rd in the Nation among approximately 150 market timers[...]

  • HenrySchwartz

    Biography: Henry Schwartz is the president of Trade Alert LLC, a provider of real-time options analysis tools to leading Wall Street firms. His systems analyze hundreds of thousands of transactions per second to help professionals identify and interpret market activity in real time, supporting informed trading decisions and intelligent idea generation. He has held institutional trading and management roles with Bank of America, Bear Stearns, Salomon Brothers and the Hull Group, and made markets on the CBOE[...]

  • keegan

    Biography: Dan Keegan, founder of OptionsAuthority.com is a veteran trader and educator. Dan has over 35 years experience trading stock options, etf options and options on futures. Dan started on the CBOE in 1978 with A.G. Becker as a runner, phone clerk and floor broker. In 1984, with the backing of legendary adventurer Steve Fossett, started a long career as a market-maker on the CBOE. Dan has also been a local on the CBOT, trading t-bond futures and options on soybean oil futures. Dan’s mentoring specializes[...]