Eureka! What it’s about: Here’s the journey we’ve created for options traders. We’ve broken it all down in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. We give you everything you need to learn the basics, know how options work, the risks, and prevent bad outcomes before they happen. Why it’s important: Many platforms have made options trading more accessible and it’s an exciting step forward for empowering everyday investors. However, we’ve also felt the pain of trying to figure it all out and realized it doesn’t need to be complicated. So, we’re building a better way and sharing it with you. Key takeaway: You can do this. We’re just here to help.
Here is a quick rundown and a handful of lessons to try out so you know what to expect.
1 Learn the options lingo 7 lessons
Options trading is filled with technical words and fancy greek letters. First, we’ll break it all down so you can get comfortable with the lingo and basic concepts. You’ll be able to understand what experts are saying in the news, on social media, and on Archimedes.
Becoming an investor Squirrels are investors. Are we investors? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Speculating vs investing Speculating is often confused with investing. How can tulips and GameStop teach us the difference? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup The lingo of options What terms do we need to know before trading options? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Breaking down options I can see that options are very different than stocks. What is in an option that makes them so different? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup How to use options
Options contracts are very versatile. Learn the basics of using options and why you might buy them.
https://getmedes.com/lessons/how-to-use-options The meaning of assignment We know options are contracts. What do we need to know when we're selling them? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Other types of derivatives I know what stocks and bonds are, but what are derivatives? Are options derivatives? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup 2 Know how they work 6 lessons
Making money trading options is a little more complicated than other types of investments. In this step, we’ll show you what to do with your opinions about the market and how you’ll profit when you’re right.
The value of an option I've learned that options contracts represent a promise to buy or sell shares at a fixed price between two investors. What makes the promise valuable? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Find the money
Discover how to think about the value of an option, and how it changes over time.
https://getmedes.com/lessons/find-the-money Buying an option
The process of buying an option is more complicated than buying a stock. Figure out how to read the menu of option chains.
https://getmedes.com/lessons/buying-an-option Introduction to exercising I understand what it means to buy an option. When should I think about using my contractual right to buy or sell shares? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup When to exercise options I understand that only profitable contracts should be exercised. When should I prepare to do so? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Selling an option
Learn about the different ways to sell an option and the risks of writing an option contract.
https://getmedes.com/lessons/selling-an-option 3 Think about risk 11 lessons
Trading options without knowing the risks is like placing bets at the blackjack table without knowing the rules of how to play blackjack. You’ll look at some of those risks, how they're measured, and how we can manage them.
Creating a map when buying options I want to start taking the first steps in buying options. How do I make a plan? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Creating a map when selling options I can understand and read the payoff diagrams when I buy call and put options. What about when I sell options? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Introduction to the Greeks I understand the basics of call and put options. What are the quantitative levers I need to understand? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Volatility and options pricing I understand that the value of the options is dependent on the value of the underlying stock. How do changes in the stock affect the option value? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Price movements and what's at risk
Look behind the scenes to discover how to use the Greek delta to estimate how the option’s price will change and your odds of making money.
https://getmedes.com/lessons/price-movements-and-whats-at-risk Options pricing When deciding to buy an option, how do I make sense of the current cost? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Margin Accounts We played on seesaws as kids. How can we make our money do more work with less effort? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Greeks with Bryce — What is Delta? What is Delta? How should we think about it? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Greeks with Bryce — What is Theta? What is the time optionality and the greek Theta? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Creating a long put payoff diagram How to make a quick payoff diagram for your put option in less than 5 minutes. Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Creating a long call payoff diagram How to make a quick payoff diagram for your call options in less than 5 minutes. Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup 4 Avoid common pitfalls 8 lessons
You could lose all of your money from a single mistake trading options. Before you place any trades, we’ll show you how to dodge the traps that catch first-time traders by surprise.
Options and margin I am starting to understand the risk associated with options. Could there be a case where I end up losing more than I anticipated? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup The decay of time
Discover the effects of the Greek theta on an option’s price over time.
https://getmedes.com/lessons/the-decay-of-time Naked strategies When writing contracts, what does it mean to write naked positions? When should I consider using this strategy? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Covered strategies When writing contracts, what does it mean to write covered positions? When should I consider using this strategy? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Wash sale rule Our friends tell us to sell high and buy back low. What's the risk of frequent trading? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Brokerage accounts What is a brokerage account and why do we need one to start investing? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Picking a brokerage account There are tons of brokerages out there. How do we choose one that fits our needs? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Account opening process We're ready to open a brokerage account. What do we need? Get the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup Get started! Personalized learning guides 170+ free interactive lessons Hours of fun gameplay Helpful product recommendations Download the app https://app.getmedes.com/signup What people are saying “Five star learning experience. Friendly for anyone starting to learn about finance or already with intermediate level knowledge.” Eric Pan "This is a great app that has a plethora of knowledge about the world of investing. Even though I already had some basic knowledge about stocks, bonds, ETFs, etc., I feel that this app helped take my understanding of the subjects to a new level." MJFAN29RIP
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