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The Unlucky Investor's Guide to Options Trading guides readers through the world of options and teaches the crucial risk management techniques for sustainable investing.

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Learn how to trade options and futures the tastytrade way, whatever your experience level.

Our courses include videos, quizzes, certificates, and more.

  • Beginner Options
  • Deep Dive: Implied Volatility
  • Beginner Futures
  • The Small Exchange Products
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Beginner Options Course

Are options really riskier than stocks? In this beginner's course, we go through the basics of options contracts, the differences between options and stocks, and we take a close look at risk in options trading.


In this options course, you’ll learn about:

  • The difference between stocks and options
  • Common options strategies
  • Market metrics for choosing the ideal trading strategy
  • Basic trade management techniques

Beginner Futures Course

Futures aren’t as complex as one would think. This contractual agreement takes a lot of the guesswork out of investment trading. This course will deepen your understanding of margin, contract agreements, and ways of navigating the futures market.

In this course, you’ll expand your knowledge of:

  • The benefits of trading futures
  • Notional value, tick size, expiration and contract multipliers
  • What makes each futures market tick

Deep Dive: Implied Volatility Course

You’d think that any trading term that uses the word "volatile" would send you heading for the hills, portfolio in hand. That’s not the case with Implied Volatility, or IV. Implied Volatility is just another useful tool in your options trading toolbox.

In this course, you’ll:

  • Determine a suitable options strategy based on the product's most important metrics
  • See how opening, closing, and defending positions can enhance your portfolio

The Small Exchange Products

Feeling risk averse? We have a cure for that. Enter the Small Exchange product world. These products give you the efficiency of futures, combined with the unambiguity of stocks to create clear-cut new products that are small, standardized, and easy to understand.

In this course, you’ll:

  • Get a fresh take on everything from stocks to crude oil
  • See how Small Exchange products can expand your trading toolbox

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