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Trading Options to Win Profitable Strategies and Tactics for Any Trader
ISBN: 0471226858     Date Published: 2003-05     Author(s): S. A. Johnston, Stuart Johnston
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A fresh investment approach to an ever-changing market
In this unique and engaging treatise on the art and science of speculation, expert S. A. Johnston combines the profitable elements of banking, bookmaking, and gambling-three other ways of making money with money-with trading, to provide readers with a fresh new approach to trading the market. Written by a trader for a trader, Trading Options to Win gives readers a framework for using logical analysis to uncover profitable opportunities that they would otherwise miss. Johnston develops a speculative method that traders can use to consistently find and manage profitable trades. He then backs his talk up by detailing three months worth of trades using his successful method. For investors looking to move beyond the realms of technical and fundamental analysis, Trading Options will be the guide of choice.
S. A. Johnston is a systems analyst and designer by profession. His company, Software Systems, specializes in inventory optimization and control systems for business. Under the tutelage of Fredric B. Fitch and Richmond Thomason, he became the first graduate of Yale to receive a BA in logic.
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Excellent � practical trading with an edge!, July 21, 2003 By A Customer This review is from: Trading Options to Win: Profitable Strategies and Tactics for Any Trader (Hardcover) Johnston's book is very well done - an excellent read without the hype. It assumes the reader has some knowledge of the options markets. Beginners should start with Natenberg's book then read "Trading options to Win". It's a must read for anyone that's serious about trading options with a defined edge. The book covers several extremely practical trading methodologies, when to employ them (when the odds are very much in your favor), and how to defend when things go wrong(maybe the most important part of the book). I have read numerous books on trading options. This is far and away the most practical book I've found on the subject. It gives the reader something they can use immediately. I also enjoyed the real world trades and how they were deployed and defended. I have to give this book the highest rating.
15 of 17 People found the following review helpful.

Tons of very useful info and fun to read, September 22, 2004 ByLee Fleming "wordsilk" (Norwalk, CT USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Trading Options to Win: Profitable Strategies and Tactics for Any Trader (Hardcover) Don't know what book Edward Lovette read, but it's pretty clear he didn't read the entire book. This is an exceptional book and anyone who trades options would be taking the short end of the bet by missing it. Johnston makes his points easily, clearly, practically, and (unusual for a book on options, which are usually dry as dust) it's very entertaining. Mainly, and again this is rare or nonexistent in the options books I've read, Johnston presents the background and the reasoning behind the trading strategies he's talking about and shows the WHY of making profits in the markets and not just the what and the how. The strategies themselves are pretty interesting. Everybody knows about straddles and strangles, but how about a "Martian ratio-spread" or a "WOOM non-seasonal?" I've traded options for a long time and read a lot of books on options, yet I never even heard of these strategies, so there's a lot of originality in this book, too. Any options trader will get a lot of good...
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A Rare Find for the Option Writer, June 3, 2004 ByCharles T. Dowis "cdowis" (USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Trading Options to Win: Profitable Strategies and Tactics for Any Trader (Hardcover) First, the problems. He takes awhile to get to his point. You need to get past his cute phrases and chatty style. Second, I use chapter and section headings to help me through a book. His headings a worse than useless. For example, one chapter heading is "Just the Facts, Ma'am". Getting past all of that, I found my efforts well rewarded. He truly comes up with very original insights into trading. He examines risk from a unique perspective. His ideas on option writing cannot be found in any other book I have seen. For example, most traders use seasonality to find market trends. His chapter on using seasonality to predict non-trending, choppy markets (important for the option writer) is truly a classic. He sees, smells, and thinks about how the option writer can make money in the markets, and I have found no other book with such real world trading ideas.If you sell options, this is a must read.
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