Build Your Confidence Using Options: "Fundamentals of Exchange-listed Options" Course Available Online

Posted by Admin on Feb 28, 2018 5:00:00 PM
Developed in collaboration with the Options Industry Council (OIC), an industry resource funded by OCC and U.S. options exchanges, the Institute’s newest online course, Fundamentals of Exchange-listed Options, is a convenient, online course designed to increase advisor knowledge and confidence with options. According to the study, How Financial Advisors Use and Think about Exchange-Listed Options, commissioned by the OIC, many advisors currently using options or not, have little confidence in their ability to leverage the tool adequately.

“The course was developed with this advisor in mind,” said Devin Ekberg, CPWA®, CFA managing director of education, Investments & Wealth Institute. “By providing the foundational options knowledge and skills, easy-to-understand examples and demonstrations of decision-making processes coupled with practical strategies that can be put to work immediately, the program goes beyond theory and mathematics. It prepares an advisor to potentially enhance income, manage risk, and gain unique market exposure.”

Organized into six comprehensive modules, the course begins with essential options strategies, such as using simple calls and puts, and then moves into more complex concepts like using spreads and other combinations.

Modules include:
  • Strategic role of options in building investment portfolios
  • Roles of buyers and seller in the options process
  • Positions and exposure, including synthetic option positions
  • Volatility strategies
  • Appropriateness of strategies for different investor and economic scenarios
  • Hedging portfolio strategies

According to the OIC-commissioned research, 85 percent of advisors with assets under management (AUM) of more than $100 million use options in their clients’ portfolios, suggesting that properly utilizing the tool can lead to larger, more successful practices.

If you’re an advisor interested in Fundamentals of Exchange-listed Options, course registration is currently open. Upon completion, the course will provide eight hours of continuing education credit for professionals holding the Certified Investment Management Analyst® or Certified Private Wealth Advisor® certifications.

To register or learn more about the course, visit our webpage for details.


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