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Beginner Level Syllabus

View the required items for the Beginner Level Curriculum.

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CBOE's Options Initiative

Two-day seminar will offer a great introduction to investors new to options.

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Investing and Trading for College Students

Get an up-close look at the financial industry in Chicago and gain insights into how to invest your own money (when the time comes).

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Options Institute Plus - Level 1 Beginner

This 2-day classroom experience plus 10 hours of distance coaching will introduce you to the basics of options and the basics of market timing, stock selection and risk management.

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Professional Approaches to Trading VIX® and S&P 500® Index Options

This free seminar is designed for all levels of traders who want to improve their ability to select option strategies.

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Simply for Women

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Trading Options and Managing Positions

This free seminar is designed for all levels of traders who want to improve their ability to select option strategies.

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Trading with an Edge: Advanced Strategies for VIX and SPX Options

Get in-depth information about the unique characteristics of VIX(R) and SPX(SM) options - and discover advanced strategies to help you take advantage of the market.

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Covered Call Writing

Course discusses the basic terms of Covered Call Writing.

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Fundamentals of CBOE Index Products

In this course, the specifications of several CBOE Indexes (OEX, SPX, VIX, and the NDX) are discussed.

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Fundamentals of Equity Options

In this course we cover the fundamentals of equity options.

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Fundamentals of Index Options

In this course we cover the fundamentals of Index options.

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Index Options

Course that explores the basics of Index Options.

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Index Options and the Dow Jones

An overview of DJX options and the basics of trading them.

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Introduction to Options Basics

View this course to learn the unique attributes of options.

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Language of Options

Part 2 of a 2-part course covering the fundamentals of options and basic option terminology.

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Options' Mechanics

Part 1 of a 2-part course covering the fundamentals of options and basic option terminology.

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Proficiency Exam - Beginner Level

Successfully complete the Beginner Level exam to move on to the Intermediate Level.

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Dow Jones Index (DJX) Bullish on Blue Chips - Buy DJX Calls

A strategy paper on taking a bullish stance on the direction of the Dow Jones Index using call options.

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Equity Option Strategies - Buying Calls

View this discussion on who should consider buying equity calls and the risk / reward payoff.

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Equity Option Strategies - Buying Puts

View this discussion on who should consider buying equity puts and the risk / reward payoff.

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Equity Option Strategies - Cash-Secured Puts

View this discussion on a cash secured put position and the risk / reward involved in this strategy.

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Equity Option Strategies - Covered Calls

View this strategy that combines the flexibility of listed equity options with the benefits of stock ownership.

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Equity Option Strategies - Protective Puts

View this discussion on when to use protective puts related to an equity position.

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Index Option Strategies - Buying Index Calls to Participate in Market Advances

A discussion of buying calls on an index in anticipation of a market advance.

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Index Option Strategies - Buying Index Puts in Anticipation of a Market Correction

A discussion of buying puts on an index in anticipation of a market decline.

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Interest Rate Options Buying TYX Calls To Profit

A discussion of buying TYX call options to benefit from a rise in 30 year interest rates.

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LEAPS Option Strategies - Buying Equity LEAPS Calls As A Stock Alternative

A discussion of using LEAPS Calls as an alternative to owning stock.

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Simulated Trading Tools

Place an order for a Long Put in your account.

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Simulated Trading Tools

Using the recommendation from one of the S&P reports buy a stock and sell a covered call against this stock position.

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Simulated Trading Tools

Place an order for a Long Call in your account.

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Simulated Trading Tools

Explore both programs, choose one and open a 'paper trading' account with $50,000

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Simulated Trading Tools

Place an order for a Short Put in your account.

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Simulated Trading Tools

Place an order for a Short Call in your account.

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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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Equity Research Center

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

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paperMoney

Program with functionality is the same as the best "real" trading systems.

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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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Weekly Strategy Buying A Call

Quick overview of buying a call.

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Weekly Strategy Buying A Put

Quick overview of buying a put.

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Weekly Strategy Covered Call

Quick overview of writing a covered call.

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Weekly Strategy Long Call

Quick overview of a long call position.

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Weekly Strategy Protective Put

Quick overview of a protective put.

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Weekly Strategy Selling A Put

Quick overview of shorting a put.

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LEAPS Trading Strategies

Great book on LEAPS by the CBOE's Marty Kearney.

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Options for the Stock Investor

Excellent book for beginners and intermediate traders by the CBOE's Jim Bittman.

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CBOE Volatility Index (VIX)