Jim Bittman

Jim Bittman

Mr. Bittman is the author of two books, Options for the Stock Investor, (McGraw-Hill, 1996), and Trading Index Options (McGraw-Hill, 1998). He teaches courses for public and institutional investors, and he has presented several custom courses throughout the U.S., Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. In 1980 Mr. Bittman began his trading career as an equity options market maker at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. From 1983 to 1993, he was a Commodity Options Member of the Chicago Board of Trade where he traded options on financial futures and agricultural futures. Mr. Bittman received a BA, magna cum laude, from Amherst College in 1972 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1974. In addition to his responsibilities at The Options Institute, Mr. Bittman is also a member of the faculty of The Illinois Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the masters level Financial Markets and Trading Program.

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CBOE Options Institute Visits Shanghai Exchanges

In preparation for the commencement of options trading in China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Futures Exchange have been sending various groups of exchange staff, brokers and market makers to The Options Institute at CBOE for basic- to intermediate-level education on options strategies and options pricing. In the last 18 months, 10 classes [...]

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CBOE to Offer Four-Fecta at NY Traders EXPO on February 18

The Options Institute at CBOE is presenting a free half-day education series followed by an Options Showdown panel of veteran traders. First up is "A 2-Step Approach to Trading Credit Spreads." Jim Bittman will discuss using the current level of implied to trade credit spreads. When to enter a trade, the strike prices to choose [...]

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CBOE at Las Vegas Traders EXPO! by Marty Kearney & Jim Bittman

The CBOE will be well represented at the Las Vegas Traders EXPO starting tomorrow Wednesday Nov. 14 going through Saturday the 17th. Jim Bittman, and Dan Sheridan of Sheridan Options Mentoring will have a strategy session on trading butterfly spreads for income. This is one of three options education sessions comprising our Half-Day Options Education [...]

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We’re Coming to Las Vegas. Mark Your Calendar.

Attend CBOE’s “Half-Day Options Track” at the Las Vegas TradersEXPO - ABSOLUTELY FREE! Register now to attend the Las Vegas TradersEXPO from November 14 – 17, 2012 and with an extra click of your mouse you can get your ticket for our “Half-Day Options Education Track” – it’s a half day of options education that’s completely [...]

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Bruno Dupire, Bloomberg, Opens CBOE RMC Friday Program

Bruno Dupire, Head of Quantitative Research, Bloomberg, opened the third and final day of the first Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe with a talk titled “Quantitative Strategies for Trading Volatility.” The strategies discussed included “Frequency Strategies,” “Term Structure Strategies,” and “Historical Versus Implied Strategies.” “Frequency Strategies” are made possible, because historical volatility tends [...]

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Risk Management Conference Europe – Day One Wrap

Day One of Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe is in the books – it was busy and very informative.  Here are recaps of the three sessions today: Session One: Options Fundamentals: Option Strategy and Pricing Jerry de Leeuw, Managing Director, Mercurious and Jim Bittman, CBOE Options Institute Jim said learning to use options involves several [...]

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The Options Institute Announces Course for Financial Advisors and Planners

As a Financial Advisor, have you wondered how options can help your clients and your practice? Take a look at your schedule for Monday and Tuesday September 24th and 25th. In this new course for advisors and financial planners, instructors at The Options Institute will discuss options-based investment strategies that target enhancing portfolio income, reducing [...]

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Option Fundamentals Encore

I opened RMC Europe with Jerry de Leeuw and am following up with further discussion of option fundamentals. For this presentation I am joined by Samuel Kadziela from Chicago Trading Company. This section focuses on grasping an understanding of the Greeks, managing option positions and synthetics. I will spend some time on synthetic positions and [...]