Summary of Trading Options at Expiration

Strategies and Models for Winning the Endgame

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Trading Options at Expiration book summary
An investment expert explains how to profit from trading stock options just before they expire.


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Investors commonly use pricing models and formulas to determine the fair value of call options to buy stock and put options to sell stock. But formulaic fair value does not account for all the pricing dynamics that affect options near their expiration dates. That is why the price of an expiring option often diverges from its fair value. This pattern of distorted pricing creates trading opportunities in the options market that are less risky and potentially more rewarding than holding the underlying stock over the long term. Jeff Augen’s compact, focused book details strategies for trading options on the third Thursday and Friday of each month, before the options expire that Saturday. He cautions that investors must be aware of collateral funding needs, regulatory requirements, investment minimums and other sophisticated details. Because Augen assumes that the reader has substantial background knowledge, professional traders may have the most to gain from his mathematically rigorous insights. getAbstract, which recommends books, but not investments (the opinions in the summary are those of the author), also suggests this book to amateur investors who are familiar with options and seek the next level of professional information.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How traders can profit from changes in the prices of expiring options
  • What qualities distinguish the most promising options to trade near expiration
  • What expiration trading strategies are likely to work best


Options, Investment Risk and Price Distortion
Recent history shows that trading in the United States’ options markets one or two days each month is less risky than full-time exposure to slumps in the stock market. In 2008, U.S. stock market values crashed to 1997 levels as a worldwide ...
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About the Author

Jeff Augen is a private investor and an expert on information technology. He is an instructor at the New York Institute of Finance and the author of The Option Trader’s Workbook, The Volatility Edge in Options Trading and Bioinformatics in the Post-Genomic Era.

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