Getting started: A weekly options class for beginners

Our trading professionals at the Trading Strategy Desk® will conduct a 4-week virtual classroom course with a small group of investors who are seeking to understand options trading.

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This class will cover key concepts and practical application, including: what options are, common options strategies, and how to apply those strategies in your portfolio. There will be homework assigned after each session to help you apply your growing knowledge.

Each class will build on the prior week's class, so please plan on registering for and attending all 4 weeks.

These classes are designed for those investors who have an approved options agreement on file but haven't traded yet, or have traded options only once or twice.

September 2022

Session Date and time

Week 1: Introduction to options
In the first week, we will cover the basics — what are options as well as key terms and concepts you will need to know to trade options.

During this interactive session, you will be able to ask questions and we will show you the online tools to help you apply your knowledge.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Friday, September 2, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 2: Buying options
This week will focus on option buying strategies for capitalizing on bullish and bearish outlooks as well as for hedging. We will cover the risk and reward profile of buying strategies by analyzing the potential profit and loss charts and how you can place an option order.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Friday, September 9, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 3: Selling options
This session will cover the income generating strategies of selling covered calls and cash secured puts. We will review the important risk considerations of selling strategies as well as how to place these orders using Fidelity’s trading tools.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Friday, September 16, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 4: Options trade management
What happens after placing your options trade? This week's class will focus on how to manage and monitor your trade. We will review different market scenarios and the importance of having an exit strategy.

Download slides (PDF)

Friday, September 23, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Presenter

Jacob Ellis Jacob Ellis began his career at Fidelity Investments in 2015. Until joining the Trading Strategy Desk®, he spent several years in our Active Trader Services function. Jacob earned a master of science finance degree from the University of Utah in 2019, and also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve Finance Corps. He is a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63), a Registered Options Principal (Series 4), and a General Securities Sales Supervisor (Series 10).


October 2022

Session Date and time

Week 1: Introduction to options
In the first week, we will cover the basics — what are options as well as key terms and concepts you will need to know to trade options.

During this interactive session, you will be able to ask questions and we will show you the online tools to help you apply your knowledge.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Monday, October 3, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 2: Buying options
This week will focus on option buying strategies for capitalizing on bullish and bearish outlooks as well as for hedging. We will cover the risk and reward profile of buying strategies by analyzing the potential profit and loss charts and how you can place an option order.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Monday, October 10, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 3: Selling options
This session will cover the income generating strategies of selling covered calls and cash secured puts. We will review the important risk considerations of selling strategies as well as how to place these orders using Fidelity’s trading tools.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Monday, October 17, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 4: Options trade management
What happens after placing your options trade? This week's class will focus on how to manage and monitor your trade. We will review different market scenarios and the importance of having an exit strategy.

Download slides (PDF)

Monday, October 24, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Presenter

Matt DavisonMatt Davison®, began his Fidelity career in 2016. He spent time in the Service, Active Trader and Fixed Income functions prior to joining the Trading Strategy Desk®. Matt graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in Microbiology. He is currently a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63), and he is also a Registered Options Principle (Series 4).

November 2022

Session Date and time

Week 1: Introduction to options
In the first week, we will cover the basics — what are options as well as key terms and concepts you will need to know to trade options.

During this interactive session, you will be able to ask questions and we will show you the online tools to help you apply your knowledge.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Monday, November 7, 2022
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 2: Buying options
This week will focus on option buying strategies for capitalizing on bullish and bearish outlooks as well as for hedging. We will cover the risk and reward profile of buying strategies by analyzing the potential profit and loss charts and how you can place an option order.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Monday, November 14, 2022
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 3: Selling options
This session will cover the income generating strategies of selling covered calls and cash secured puts. We will review the important risk considerations of selling strategies as well as how to place these orders using Fidelity’s trading tools.

Print and complete homework assignment (PDF) | Download slides (PDF)

Monday, November 21, 2022
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 4: Options trade management
What happens after placing your options trade? This week's class will focus on how to manage and monitor your trade. We will review different market scenarios and the importance of having an exit strategy.

Download slides (PDF)

Monday, November 28, 2022
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET

Presenter

Albert Marquez Albert Marquez began his career at Fidelity in 2021. At Fidelity, Albert has held various roles within the Active Trader organization, including the service team, and more recently the Trading Strategy Desk®. Prior to joining Fidelity, Albert spent many years on the trading floors of Chicago, as an option trader and a broker. Albert earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from DePaul University. He is currently a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63).