Option Combination Trading

This course gives participants with a working knowledge of options, an understanding of how multiple options can be combined to create different exposures to changes in the financial instruments on which they are based. These combination trades can be used to increase or limit, the profit or loss that arises for the trader. The course covers this from both an outright market view and hedging perspective. It also looks at how these strategies can create exposure to changes in both the underlying and in the volatility. Exercises throughout the course allow participants to price and value a range of combination trades.


For individuals with a working knowledge of options

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course delegates should understand
– A range of combination option trading strategies
– How to calculate the payoff and returns of combined option trades in a variety of scenarios
– How to price combination option trades

Course Content

Buyside Considerations
‐ Rationale for trading options
‐ Exchange traded vs. OTC
‐ Top 10 structures

Bullish Option Trading
‐ Long call
‐ Short put
‐ Risk reversal

Exercises: Calculating returns on investments for combined option trades in a variety of scenarios

Hedging Option Trading
‐ Protective put
‐ Covered call

Volatility Option Trading
‐ Straddles & strangles
‐ Tail risk
‐ Butterflies & condors

Exercises: Recommending appropriate option trades

Option Spread Trading
‐ 1×1 call spreads
‐ 1×2 call spreads
‐ Call ladder
‐ Call spread put (seagull)
‐ Share repair & the turbo

Exercises: Pricing structured option trades


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