Options Trading Basics

This course will teach you the options trading basics. Learn why people trade them, the rules, components, and how to get started. We are rated Best Value by Investopedia. Register for your free membership below.

What You'll Learn About Options Trading Basics


  • Get access by registering for a free Bullish Bears account
  • A desire to learn options trading basics
  • An understanding that options trading is risky and hard
  • Passionate about wanting to learn how to trade options
  • Commitment to completing this course


This course is designed to teach you the options basics. In this course, you’ll learn what options trading is, options trading requirements, calls, and puts, strike prices, intrinsic and extrinsic value, implied volatility, margin vs cash accounts, and how to trade basic options strategies. You’ll also learn about the benefits of trading large-cap stocks without large capital requirements and how to capitalize in bullish, bearish, and sideways markets. 

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  • You will have access to this course without expiration!
  • This course will be updated with new content.
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Who this course is for

  • If you want a beginners course to learning the options trading basics
  • If you are serious about furthering your options trading education
  • If you are looking for a 100% winning options trading strategy, this course isn’t for you
  • If you are committed to completing this course and furthering your trading knowledge

Options Trading Basics Content

14 lectures • 2 hr 2 min total length

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Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Learn the options basics
    2. Take a course on how to trade options
    3. Read books on options
    4. Discipline yourself to learn 
    5. Open a brokerage account
    6. Determine which options to buy or sell
    7. Pick a trading strategy
    8. Choose your strike price
    9. Practice in an options trading simulator
    10. Track your results in a journal
  • Options give the buyer the right but not the obligation to buy or sell
  • Options Contracts. The equivalent of 100 shares
  • Expiration. All options contracts have an expiration date
  • Calls. Basic bullish strategy
  • Puts. Basic bearish strategy
  • Open interest. The number of open contracts
  • Strikes: ATM, ITM, and OTM strikes to purchase
  • Intrinsic Value. The in-the-money portion of an options contract
  • Extrinsic Value. The out-of-the-money portion of the options contract
  • Greeks. Significant components that makeup contracts

There are several types of options strategies but the 4 most common are buying calls, selling calls, buying puts, and selling puts. Vertical spreads make up the umbrella of credit and debit spreads. Debit spreads are a buying strategy that involves buying and selling a combination of a call and put. Credit spreads are a selling strategy that involves selling and buying a combination of a call and put.

Options are a good trading strategy for beginners. They allow you to trade large companies without having to invest a lot of capital. You can trade bullish, bearish, or range-bound markets without the restrictions of needing a specialty shorting broker. This is a popular strategy for growing a small account.


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