Trading, in general, is a highly technical field that does not only require would-be participants to have some understanding on what a particular trade is or how it works but also in-depth knowledge of what goes within a particular trade. In short, basic knowledge is not as helpful as most think it is. Specialized trading types, such as that of options trading, may force its participants to gain more knowledge.

Here are some tips that could help power you up when starting with options trading:

Know the lingo. Option trading has its own jargon that may seem gibberish to people who do not know a thing about the trade. To them, the terminologies commonly used in trading, regardless of the form, seem so complicated that they would lose interest on the trade even before they get started. Well the lingo of options trading is downright complicated, probably contributing to why too few people involve themselves to it. However, once a trader manages to pick up some basic terms and has learned quite a bit about the trade, it would be much easier to understand how the whole thing works. Probably not all the ins and outs of the trade but the general idea would be well-understood. So do yourself a favor, study the terminologies commonly used in options trading and maybe after that, read a few stuffs about it.

Attend options trading seminars, online or offline. If you want the shortcut to learning the trade, you might want to consider attending seminars or subscribing to online seminars and tutorials. In most cases, seminars cover all levels of knowledge regarding the trade. So for beginners, it would be best to start with the basics of the trade and continuously improve your knowledge by completing a series of seminars.

Subscribe to online tutorials. There are several websites and companies that offer online tutorials which may consist of interactive modules, probably among the best learning tool there is. Interactive modules allow you to learn by practice.

Indulge yourself to some options trading books. Internet could provide the basic things you need to get started with options trading but you must realize that internet can only give you so much. If you have started researching online about this trade, you will find out that the websites dedicated on options trading and other kinds of trades only cover the same things- basics of the trade, common terminologies, some risks involved and others. If you want thorough discussions on the trade, you have to rely on books written by well-recognized authors. Remember the operating word- well recognized. There may be a number of books written on this subject but you must try to pick the best book available so you don’t have to waste your time on repetitive information that you would commonly find online and rubbish talk that may not help you at all.

Once you have read a comprehensive book that discusses on various areas of options trading, it would be much easier to understand technical analysis. At this point, you will have to analyze what the charts suggest, know the types of options that you may want to trade (there are lots of them so be sure to pick out the one that suits you best), use the options strategies that work well with you, and demonstrate knowledge on various market analysis tools.

Lastly, if you want to drastically reduce the learning curve, learn from someone who has done for years and is willing to hold your hand throughout the process.  We offer a hands on course and live trading for those who want to learn the art of trading options and technical analysis.

If you would like to know more about our Options Trading Bootcamp course, Technical Analysis Bootcamp and our Weekly Live Trade Room, where we do live Options Trading together, give is a call today at 856-441-6500 or reach out to me directly at

Tom Vilord

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