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  1. says:

    This is a review for the 4th edition This edition is about 15 years old but much cheaper than the 5th edition Reviews I read online indicated that the 5th edition did not contain a lot material than the 4th edition As someone new to the world of options, I find the 4th edition complete enough for my needs The author gives a simple, but complete picture of buying and selling options.


  2. says:

    Several years ago my broker recommended the 4th 2002 edition of this book I liked it so much that I bought two of McMillan s subsequent publications McMillan on Options, Second Edition Wiley Trading cited as McMillan, 2004 andOptions for Volatile Markets Managing Volatility and Protecting Against Catastrophic Risk Bloomberg Financial cited as McMillan, 2011 I ve learned much from McMillan s books and have given them four star reviews however, I am a bit disappointed in the updates to this 5th edition.Having read the 4th edition and two subsequent publications, I did not find any significantly new material in this 5th edition About 85% of the book repeats information in the 4th and possibly earlier editions The new material includes a chapter on mathematical applications pages 447 477 and an expanded discussion of volatility pages 767 947 The mathematical applications give a good overview of an option s theoretical value If you want to learn how to calculate theoretical values, however, you should also readOptions, Futures, and Other Derivatives 4th Edition Hull, 2011.Although new to this book, much of the information on volatility was previously published in McMillan 2004 pages 241 568 and McMillan 2011 pages 171 204 For example, Figures 41 2 p 872 and 41 3 p 878 in this book are identical to Figures 9.1 and 9.9 in McMillan 2011 Also, much of the volatility related text and several of the tables in this book are similar to those in McMillan 2004 and 2011 While one might criticize McMillan for repackaging the same material in different books, on the positive side If you buy this book, you do not need to buy the other two.I am disappointed that this 5th edition still uses hypothetical examples, rather than actual trades While hypothetical examples are useful in explaining how to construct a position or to illustrate a position s sensitivity to individual variables i.e., the Greeks delta, gamma, vega and theta , they often do not give one a practical sense of whether the trade would be profitable or even feasible Moreover, the hypothetical examples are mathematically rigged to give simple outcomes that do not occur in real trades.Throughout the book McMillan advises his readers to construct option positions that are insensitive or delta neutral to changes in the price of the underlying stock e.g Chapters 6, 11, 12 and 13 In his example of a neutral calendar spread page 215 he buys 7 April 45 calls and sells 8 July 45 calls The ratio of calls bought to calls sold was calculated from an unrealistic delta ratio of.7.8 Actual delta values are expressed to at least four decimal places A neutral position based on deltas rounded to the nearest tenth would be far from neutral.Chapter 40 explains how to create a position that is neutral with respect to both gamma and delta and would profit at a specific rate vega if implied volatility increases or decreases pages 835 836 Theoretically, such a position would be insensitive to changes in the stock s price but would profit with changes in implied volatility IV The example trade sells volatility i.e it would profit by 238.00 for every 1% drop in IV To construct such a position for the hypothetical XYZ stock, one must buy 100 April 50 calls, sell 173 April 60 calls and short 1,759 shares of XYZ stock In my opinion, this is an extremely large position just for the sake of making a profit when implied volatility drops.I constructed two delta gamma neutral spreads in a simulated account using the same math and methods that McMillan used in his example One spread on Apple Computer AAPL would profit if implied volatility drops, and another spread on General Electric GE would profit if implied volatility rises Unlike McMillan s example, the only way I could come close to achieving a delta gamma neutral position was to specify a modest return from vega e.g 100.00 position vega 100.00 The position vega in McMillan s example is 278.00 Like McMillan s example, these were extraordinarily large positions so large that the 500,000.00 cash balance in my simulated account did not provide sufficient margin to execute either trade If anyone wants to see the specifics of these simulated trades, leave a comment or send me an email.McMillan 2004 page 505 includes a similar example of a huge position 555 contracts that is delta gamma neutral with limited vega risk Later page 516 McMillan concedes that this is a theoretical example , but in this book, McMillan appears to be advising his readers to actually make these large trades I wonder who he had in mind Perhaps the London Whale made these types of trades until Jamie Dimon fired him.The book exaggerates the potential profits and low cost of adding a collar to a long stock position According to Table 17 3 page 264 , a collar made by the sale of 2 year out of the money OTM calls and the purchase of 2 year at the money ATM puts allows a 30% 70% profit with a small risk The text states, Thus one should consider using 2.5 year LEAPS options when he establishes a collar because the striking price of OTM calls that are sold can cover the costs of ATM puts I checked the price of adding a 2 year collar to NKE, IBM, JPM and AAPL and found that the sale of any OTM call would not cover the cost of an ATM put To break even, one would have to sell at least two calls for every put purchased Note that in Options for Volatile Markets McMillan 2011 McMillan recommends a different collar strategy buy six month puts and sell one month calls with strike prices approximately 2% OTM page 149.I stumbled on a few errors that while insignificant, should not exist after six editions The text states, Figure 37 8 shows just two cases implied volatility of 30% and implied volatility of 80% page 731 The two curves in Figure 37 8 are both labeled IV 30% The short 240 January 70 calls p 841 should have a negative delta, gamma and vega, and a positive theta The text states, Since 1986, long term and short term capital gains rates have been equal page 953 As long as I can remember, tax rates on long term capital gains has been lower than on short term For tax year 2013 the maximum long term rate is 15% and the maximum short term rate is 35%.This long review focuses on a very small portion of this very long book Generally, this is a good book and it is reasonably priced Just keep in mind that the book is not perfect and contains information that was previously published.


  3. says:

    Buying this book was truly a homerun The book looks like a giant textbook but is jammed full of great trading ideas Despite the enormous size, surprisingly there is very little fluff The author is now shy about giving his professional opinion on the effectiveness of one approach versus another on a relative sense I highly recommend it.


  4. says:

    This book is a very complete reference about option trading It probably has information than most people ever wanted to know but you don t read a book like this from front to back That said, I would recommend reading the early introductory chapters but then concentrating only on chapters that describe the trading technique that you are interested in Calls, Puts, Vertical Spreads, etc I especially found discussion about the risk of being assigned useful and it made me comfortable about buying vertical spreads.


  5. says:

    I have been through many options books and ebooks and this is still my preferred go to book on options Although it was published in the 90 s, all the content and theories are relevant I found it useful as a beginning trader and still refer to it years later.One of the reasons I prefer this book to others is that while most options books define all the terminology calls, puts, spreads, butterfly, delta, etc , none I have found offer practical guidance on how to employ those strategies Advanced trade management is what I mean When to leg in or out When to spread When to straddle Should I use a ratio spread or diagonal No book can give all the answers obviously, every situation is different But while most books have a very general tone like buy low sell high, McMillan I think offers the best practical examples and insight.Wish it was available in ebook so I didn t have to lug around the hardcover I would definitely buy the ebook if it comes out i.e yes, I would buy the book a second time.


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Options as a Strategic Investment download Options as a Strategic Investment, read online Options as a Strategic Investment, kindle ebook Options as a Strategic Investment, Options as a Strategic Investment 06ef48f9f7cd Options As A Strategic Investment Provides A Solid Foundation In The Basic Properties And Advantages Of Options, Listed And Non Equity, And Goes On To Detail Scores Of Proven Techniques And Tactics For A Wide Array Of Market ScenariosIt Reflects Today S Market Realities And The New Innovative Options Products Available With In Depth Analysis, Buy And Sell Strategies, Detailed Guidance For Investing And Coverage Of The Lasest Developments In Futures And Futures Options, This Is A Comprehensive GuideLawrence G McMillan Is The Editor Of The Option Strategist Newsletter And The Author Of Numerous Articles On Options And Investment Trading Formerly Senior Vice President Of The Equity Arbitrage Department At Thomson McKinnon Securities, He Currently Publishes Newsletters And Gives Seminars On Options, Manages Money For Private Clients And Trades His Own Account