Getting started: A weekly options class for beginners

  • Options Strategies

Virtual classroom details

Date: See schedule below Duration: 60 minutes Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. ET

Konstantin Vrandopulo from our Trading Strategy Desk, an experienced options professional, will work in a 4-week virtual classroom course with a small group of investors who are seeking to understand options trading. The class will cover key concepts and practical application, including: what options are, common option 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.

Times Sessions
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
2–3 p.m. ET

Week 1: What are options?

In the first week, Konstantin 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, August 14, 2018
2–3 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, August 21, 2018
2–3 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, August 28, 2018
2–3 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. Konstantin will review different market scenarios and the importance of having an exit strategy.


Konstantin VrandopuloKonstantin Vrandopulo began his career with Fidelity in 2012. He spent time in our Active Trader Services function before joining Fidelity's Trading Strategy Desk. Konstantin graduated from Valdosta State University with an M.B.A and a Bachelor's in Finance. He is currently a Registered Securities Representative (Series 7/63) and a Registered Options Principal (Series 4).