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The Volatility Course

The Volatility Course

George A. Fontanills, Tom Gentile

ISBN: 978-0-471-39817-2

Jan 2003

192 pages

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It takes a special set of trading skills to thrive in today's intensely volatile markets, where point swings of plus or minus 200 points can occur on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. The Volatility Course arms stock and options traders with those skills. George Fontanills and Tom Gentile provide readers with a deeper understanding of market volatility and the forces that drive it. They develop a comprehensive road map detailing how to identify its ups and downs. And they describe proven strategies and tools for quantifying volatility and confidently developing plans tailored to virtually any given market condition. The companion workbook provides step-by-step exercises to help you master the strategies outlined in The Volatility Course before putting them into action in the markets.

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Introduction: Volatility Versus Risk.

Chapter 1. Crisis and Chaos on Financial Markets.

Chapter 2. Volatility in the Stock Market.

Chapter 3. Historical Volatility.

Chapter 4. Trading Historical Volatility.

Chapter 5. The World of Stock Options.

Chapter 6. Implied Volatility.

Chapter 7. VIX and Other Sentiment Indicators.

Chapter 8. Exploiting Low Volatility.

Chapter 9. Exploiting High Volatility.

Chapter 10. Volatility Skews.

Chapter 11. Final Summary.

Appendix A. Studying the Market.

Appendix B. Stock Charts and Technical Tools.

Appendix C. Statistical and Implied Volatility.

Appendix D. Sentiment Indicators.

Appendix E. Using Risk Graphs.

Appendix F. Option Reviews.

Appendix G: Paper Trading Your Way to Success.