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Introduction to Stock Options

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to evaluate, buy, sell, and profit from stocks, this course is for you. In just six weeks, you will be armed with investment tools that were once thought to be only for the pros!

You will begin by examining the origin of stock options and learn the real risks involved. Then, you will identify the jargon, symbols, and other peculiarities of options in a way that’s easy to understand. You will explore exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which offer exciting option investments you may eventually consider. This course will give you a look under the hood of option pricing so you understand what contributes to option value. You will understand why some options are overpriced and some are underpriced - and you’ll be able to tell the difference before you trade. Above all, you will learn how to protect your portfolio and profit in a down market, an up market, or even a flat market. Learn to leverage your investment dollars for potential profits that surpass those possible with stocks.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

Introduction to Stock Options


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Course Code: iso

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of trading stock options
  • Examine the risks and rewards of numerous investment strategies and trading techniques
  • identify the jargon, symbols, and other peculiarities of options in a way that’s easy to understand
  • Discover investment strategies used by the pros and in a step-by-step, easy to understand fashion
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain confidence in your knowledge and ability with stock option trades that can benefit you financially
  • Discover the tips and techniques used by professional traders and gain insight into the world of investments
  • Get peace of mind by learning the risks and rewards associated with stock options


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Week 1

Discover whether stock options are worth the time and effort. You will explore where options originated and whether they are as risky as many people say. Then, learn how to identify any option just by looking at its symbol and explore exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Week 2

Learn where to find option prices, what they look like, and how to interpret each element in an option pricing chart. Then, learn the elements that contribute to option value. Knowing what makes one option more expensive than another is one of the essentials of option pricing.

Week 3

Discover an easy graphing system that will show what kind of profit or loss may be possible when you trade any option. Then, learn the best way to profit when you think a stock price is about to go up. You will understand which option to buy depending on how bullish you are about price movement.

Week 4

Learn where options come from and how you can, if you want, create them yourself by selling a call option. You will learn the risk inherent in this strategy and what it means to be assigned. Then, explore covered calls that involve selling call options on stock you already own.

Week 5

Discover the versatility of the put option, which is in many ways the mirror image of the call option. Then, learn the benefits of selling put options. You will learn about writing naked puts, this strategy that can be used to buy stock for less.

Week 6

Learn about three combination strategies: the bull spread, the bear spread, and the long straddle. You will have a good sense of how you can use option combo strategies to make profitable trades. Finally, learn about market sentiment and examine how it influences which option strategy is appropriate and when.

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Instructors & Support

Matt Crabtree

Matt Crabtree, CFP ®, earned his Bachelor of Science in Business, Information Systems Management, in 1999, a mini MBA certificate from The School of Management at Yale University in 2004, a certificate in Financial Planning from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business in 2012 and has received the financial industry's most rigorous and prestigious professional designation of Certified Financial Planner ™. After many years in project management, office management, and business sales, Matt began training individuals and organizations in areas of business finance, leadership development, successful negotiations, sales management, and customer service excellence. Matt has trained individuals and various units within the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as corporate organizations including IBM (technology), Accuray (healthcare-technology), and Gen-Probe (molecular diagnostics). Matt is registered as a securities broker with the Financial Authority Regulation Authority (FINRA) and with the U.S. stock exchanges (NYSE and NASDAQ) and as an investment advisor with FINRA. Matt's natural aptitude for explaining his material in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable manner allows each student to gain insights into areas that are often considered challenging.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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