John Summa

John Summa, Ph.D., is the founder and president of OptionsNerd.com LLC. He co-authored "Options on Futures: New Trading Strategies and Options on Futures Workbook" (2001). He is also the author of "Trading Against The Crowd: Profiting From Fear and Greed in Stock, Futures and Options Markets" (2004), which presents contrarian sentiment trading indicators and trading systems for stocks, futures and options. Founded in 1998, OptionsNerd.com provides professional training and educational support to stock, options and futures traders. Summa is an economist, author, options trader and former professional skier, and he presents small-group, online and in-person training seminars.

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  1. Home & Auto

    From Booms To Bailouts: The Banking Crisis Of The 1980s ...

    The economic environment of the late 1970s and early 1980s created the perfect storm for a banking crisis.
  2. Options & Futures

    Getting To Know The "Greeks"

    Understanding price influences on options positions requires learning about delta, theta, vega and gamma.
  3. Options & Futures

    An Alternative Covered Call: Adding A Leg

    Try this approach to covered calls to increase your potential for profit in any market.
  4. Options & Futures

    Backspreads: Good News For Breakout Traders

    This bullish trading strategy offers unlimited potential profit with limited risk.
  5. Options & Futures

    Determining Market Direction With VIX

    The CBOE's volatility index is a helpful market indicator. Learn how it can gauge the mood of the stock market.
  6. Options & Futures

    The Importance Of Time Value In Options Trading

    Move beyond simply buying calls and puts, and learn how to turn time-value decay into potential profits.
  7. Options & Futures

    An Alternative Covered Call Options Trading Strategy

    This different approach to the covered-call write offers less risk and greater potential profit.
  8. Options & Futures

    Option Price-Volatility Relationship: Avoiding Negative ...

    Learn about the price-volatility dynamic and its dual effect on option positions.
  9. Options & Futures

    An Introduction To Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these alternative investments worth getting to know.
  10. Options & Futures

    How To Manage Bull Put Option Spreads

    Learn how to halt options losses when the market moves quickly in an unfavorable direction.
  11. Options & Futures

    Capturing Profits With Position-Delta Neutral Trading

    This trading strategy will show you how to gain from a decline in implied volatility on any movement of the underlying.
  12. Options & Futures

    Options Trading Strategies: Understanding Position Delta

    Learn more about the position delta hedge ratio and how it can tell you the number of contracts needed to hedge a position in the underlying asset.
  13. Options & Futures

    Out-Of-The-Money Put Time Spreads

    Learn about this low-risk, bearish options strategy used to speculate on major market declines.
  14. Options & Futures

    The Advantages Of SPAN Margin

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  15. Active Trading

    S&P 500 Options On Futures: Profiting From Time-Value Decay

    Writing bull put credit spreads are not only limited in risk, but can profit from a wider range of market directions.
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