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Beginner Level Syllabus

The educational content presented at the Basic Level will strengthen your knowledge on the basics of options trading and the options marketplace. An overview of option terminology, the basics of buying and selling call and put options, and basic strategies like covered call writing are introduced. With the successful completion of the online courses, educational webinars, simulated trading tool exercises and exam included in this syllabus, you will be well prepared to move up to the next level.

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Seminars
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Money Smart Week - CBOE Tour

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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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Simply for Women

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Simply for Women

"Simply for Women" is a part of CBOE's educational series for women. Basic option concepts discussed include calls, puts, pricing factors, and time value, and are introduced in simple terms for the beginner female investor.

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The Options Essentials

This one-day seminar will explore basic option concepts and popular trading strategies.

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Trade Smart, Trade 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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Online Courses
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Covered Call Writing

"Covered Call Writing" introduces basic terms of using a Covered Call strategy, writing calls against a long stock position, writing calls as an alternative to open orders, and the assignment of Short Calls.

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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

"Fundamentals of Equity Options" introduces the basics of exercise & assignment, and identifies the differences between the buyer and seller, long and short, open and close.

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Fundamentals of Index Options

"Fundamentals of Index Options" introduces the different types of Stock Indexes, what factors determine index pricing, how indexes are calculated and why they are settled in cash.

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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

"Introduction to Options Basics" discusses the unique aspects of equity and index options and how these products can be used in nearly every investing situation to broaden your investment opportunities.

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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

"Options Mechanics" is part 1 of the 2-part "Option Warm-up" course introducing the fundamentals of options trading, how they function and correlates concepts including exercise & assignment.

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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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Strategy Discussions
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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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Trading Tools
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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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Strategy Discussions
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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 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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Books
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LEAPS Trading Strategies

Effective strategies that combine the advantages of options trading with Long-term Equity AnticiPation Securities (LEAPS®) written by Marty Kearney, The Options Institute at CBOE.

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  VIX Snapshot

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