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.

October 2019

Session Date and time

Week 1: What are 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 the homework assignment from Week 1 (PDF)

Thursday, October 3, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 2: Options pricing and more
This week will continue to cover the basics including options pricing and exercise and assignment. We will continue to look at supporting tools provided by Fidelity. Our goal is not only to help you understand key concepts but also how to apply them.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 2 (PDF)

Thursday, October 10, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 3: How to trade single leg options strategies
Now that you understand basic concepts, we are ready to look at simple strategies. You'll learn strategies that are commonly used for first-time options traders.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 3 (PDF)

Thursday, October 17, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 4: Monitoring your options trades and exit strategy
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.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Presenter

Cale C. BeardenCale C. Bearden has been with Fidelity Investments since September of 2013 and is currently a member of Fidelity's Trading Strategy Desk®. He is currently a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63) and a Registered Options Principal (Series 4). Prior to joining Fidelity, Cale graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor's degree in Finance..


November 2019

Session Date and time

Week 1: What are 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 the homework assignment from Week 1 (PDF)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Week 2: Options pricing and more
This week will continue to cover the basics including options pricing and exercise and assignment. We will continue to look at supporting tools provided by Fidelity. Our goal is not only to help you understand key concepts but also how to apply them.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 2 (PDF)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Week 3: How to trade single leg options strategies
Now that you understand basic concepts, we are ready to look at simple strategies. You'll learn strategies that are commonly used for first-time options traders.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 3 (PDF)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Week 4: Monitoring your options trades and exit strategy
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.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenter

Colin Songer Colin Songer joined Fidelity in November 2005. Since then he has been providing support and helping to educate Fidelity's clients on several topics including fundamental analysis, technical analysis, and option strategies. Colin has been part of Fidelity's Trading Strategy Desk® since February 2014. He is currently a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63) and a Registered Options Principal (Series 4).


December 2019

Session Date and time

Week 1: What are 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 the homework assignment from Week 1 (PDF)

Monday, December 2, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 2: Options pricing and more
This week will continue to cover the basics including options pricing and exercise and assignment. We will continue to look at supporting tools provided by Fidelity. Our goal is not only to help you understand key concepts but also how to apply them.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 2 (PDF)

Monday, December 9, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 3: How to trade single leg options strategies
Now that you understand basic concepts, we are ready to look at simple strategies. You'll learn strategies that are commonly used for first-time options traders.

Print and complete the homework assignment from Week 3 (PDF)

Monday, December 16, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Week 4: Monitoring your options trades and exit strategy
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.

Monday, December 23, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Presenter

Brett Yoder Brett Yoder
Brett Yoder's career with Fidelity began in 2010 as a trader in our Service function. Since then he has held roles in our International Trading, Premium Service, and Active Trader Service functions. Brett joined the Trading Strategy Desk in January of 2017. He currently holds the Series 7 & 63 licenses, and is a Registered Options Principal (Series 4).