Option Mechanics and Trading Strategies


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Intermediate Options – Trading Strategies Course Overview

This Intermediate Options – Trading Strategies course provides an overview of the fundamental derivative concepts, the mechanics of options, and 10 popular option trading strategies.

We will explore various option trading strategies such as: 

  • Outright call purchase
  • Covered call
  • Outright put purchase
  • Protective put
  • Collar
  • Put writing
  • Call spread
  • Put spread
  • Straddle
  • Strangle

Intermediate Options – Trading Strategies Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the key derivative concepts and terms
  • Understand how over-the-counter (OTC) options differ from exchange-traded options
  • Identify how moneyness affects option values
  • Differentiate between the intrinsic and extrinsic values of an option
  • Explain the importance of volatility for options
  • Define the option Greeks
  • Evaluate various option trading strategies and identify when to use each

Intermediate Options – Trading Strategies Is an Elective Course of CFI’s CMSA® Program

CFI’s Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® program covers all the basic, intermediate, and advanced topics about sales and trading, investment banking, and asset management. This program teaches you trading strategies used in the finance and capital markets industry. It is ideal for students who want to learn how to trade different asset classes. The program is completely online so you can take it at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

Common career paths for students who take the CMSA® are Sales & Trading, Asset Management, Wealth Management, Treasury, Risk Management, and other capital markets careers.

Who Should Take This CMSA® Course?

This Intermediate Options – Trading Strategies course is perfect for anyone who would like to build up their understanding about capital markets. This course is designed to equip anyone who desires to begin a career in fixed income, equity, sales and trading, or other areas of finance.

What You'll Learn

Course Summary

Become a certified Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)®

Option Mechanics and Trading Strategies is part of the All Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® courses, which includes 29 courses.

Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® Certification
  • Skills Learned Trading strategies used in the finance and capital markets
  • Career Prep Work in capital markets, whether on the buy-side or the sell-side

Path To Certification

Prep Courses

5 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Core Courses

8 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Elective Courses

16 courses in advanced and intermediate levels.


Get Certified

Submit your CMSA® checklist and order your certificate.

CMSA Certificate 04Required

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How the Certification Works

Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.

The program is a part of the All Access Subscription, which includes all programs and courses.

CFI courses are designed by instructors with over 21 years of financial analyst training experience.

Students must complete all core and 7 elective courses (13 in total) and demonstrate mastery of the topics through successful completion of course materials, quizzes, and assessments.
Within 48 hours of program completion, your Blockchain Verified (CMSA)® Certification will be emailed to you.

What Our Students Say


Abdaullah AlHammad

Option Trading Strategies
Geat content with very good illustrations. Very good delivery by the instructor.


Very Informative
Informative and covers a broad area of options trading and the strategy/technique that traders employ to attain their objectives.

Love Manigsaca

Excellent Materials
The payoff diagrams and tables are excellent! Very clear and intuitive.

Laura Beny

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