I enjoyed this class immensely, simply because you made it as easy as possible to understand this whole new world of stock options. I enrolled in this course because I wanted to learn more about investing my stock shares, and found another avenue altogether. Thank you very much, Mark. I thoroughly enjoyed the course."
Mark has been a great instructor! His real life experiences gave credibility to the whole course. His examples, his warnings, and his lists of reference materials truly helped build my interest and confidence in options trading. I am excited, as he predicted, to be involved in this aspect of investing."
I absolutely love your teaching method, you're not boring, your lessons stay on track without ever becoming monotonous - which is a rare find! Each lesson left me with a notebook full of answers to questions I had from the previous lesson, and many small nuggets of wisdom to tuck away for future application and a notebook full of questions that left me looking forward to the next lesson - I loved it!"
Mr. Quinn is very knowledgeable about stock options, yet he has the ability to explain them to novices like me in such a way that I can understand them. This course was exactly what I wanted; it provided an understanding of the options tools as well as clear explanations of the risks and pitfalls with options. Mr. Quinn introduced tools that I intend to use in my further exploration of stock options. A great course!"
I absolutely loved this course!!! The instructor's explanations with supporting examples was crucial for me. This can quickly become a complicated subject, but, the instructor's instructional material layout was perfect. I can only hope that Mark chooses to do an advanced options course some day too!"
Great course. Tons of information given but in a simple and clear manner. Lots of examples to help illustrate the concepts. Good basic class to help understand the basics and the many different terms and strategies. Definitely recommend."
This course more than exceeded my expectations. The instructor had a refreshing style of writing that seemed so natural. I enjoyed that he put his own investing experiences into the course. I especially appreciated all the supplementary material he provided. He presented the information in a well organized way, making sure not to throw in advanced concepts into the beginning so we can build on our knowledge. This might be the first class I thoroughly enjoyed and wanted to read all the lessons. Keep up the good work."
Mark Quinn is an outstanding teacher. He is professional, quite knowledgeable, and very helpful. He has a way of transforming even the most abstract material into concrete and enjoyable lessons. As a student, I found his sense of organization most beneficial. Finally, his sense of humor is delightful. I recommend this class to anyone who is interested in successful investing. I would love to take his advanced class."
I highly recommend this course. The material is excellent and Mark is a very supportive, knowledgeable teacher. I particularly enjoyed the class discussions. Mark is very responsive to the students' questions and has shared many real life examples of options strategies that have worked for experienced options traders. His supplemental material breathes life to a difficult subject. His material is well organized and his assignments encourage the student to gain trading experience through paper trading, applying the options strategies we learned in class. What an excellent teacher! I cannot say enough good things about the class. I am recommending this class to all my friends who are interested in options trading."
I have been trading options for years but have only been buying calls and puts. I took this course to see if it would expand my knowledge and it definitely did. There were a lot of basic things that I learned that no one had ever explained before. Also, I got a better handle on the concept of selling options and of advanced strategies which have always been confusing to me. I greatly appreciated Mark's style of explaining things. He made complex things seem easier to understand. I would DEFINITELY recommend this course to others...I've never had an instructor make such great use of the discussion area. There was lots of extra info posted there - which was AWESOME! I wish I had taken this course when I first began trading. Thank you so much!"
Course Code: iso
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
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.
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.
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.