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FAQ: What is Bitcoin, anyway?

Yesterday, I received an email from a friend with a plaintive questions: what is Bitcoin? She is hearing about it and is intrigued! Bitcoin makes an appearance in Day Trading For Dummies, I’ve done work on it for some clients, and I even have blog posts on it....
Option trading basics

Option trading basics

My latest book is the Idiot’s Guides: Options Trading. Like so many pursuits, trading is something that requires practice and refinement. Options trading is as much about hedging as it is about speculation. The process matters. As much as you want to jump in and...
Money and emotion are frenemies

Money and emotion are frenemies

Finance assumes that people are rational. The problem is, they are not. Money and emotion are tied together, and not always in good ways. Money and emotion are frenemies. That’s the fundamental issue in financial planning. Very few people view money as a tool....
A brief summary of the Greeks for options

A brief summary of the Greeks for options

I’m working on a book about options trading while also doing the blogathon, possibly because I am insane, but the good news is that there is overlap. Today, it’s a summary of the Greeks for options. Options traders use Greek letters to explain different...
Notes from a recent tour of the CBOE

Notes from a recent tour of the CBOE

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to go on the floor of four major U.S. exchanges – the NYSE, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.┬áThe floors are closed to the general public; even visitors...