John Summa

  • • 6+ years as chief economist and derivatives strategist for John Summa Economic Consulting
  • • 7+ years as a university lecturer in economics at the University of Vermont, with several published papers and research reports including such topics as financial market theory and options volatility
  • • Founder of and has authored a number of books on the options markets and derivative hedging strategies


John is an economist, author, and the founder of, which he founded in 1998. provides professional training and education to stock, options and futures traders.

John co-authored, with John Olagues, Getting Started in Employee Stock Options (published by John Wiley & Sons, 2010). He also co-authored Options on Futures: New Trading Strategies and Options on Futures Workbook (published by John Wiley & Sons, 2001). John is also the author of Trading Against The Crowd: Profiting From Fear and Greed in Stock, Futures and Options Markets (published by John Wiley & Sons, 2004), which delves into contrarian sentiment trading indicators as well as different trading systems for stocks, options, and futures.

John has published over two dozen articles about with Investopedia regarding option trading strategies.

Currently, John is the chief economist for John Summa Economic Consulting where he provides financial market analysis and designs derivative hedging strategies.


John earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics and Behavioral Finance at The New School.

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  1. Mutual Funds

    Backspreads: Good News For Breakout Traders

    This bullish trading strategy offers unlimited potential profit with limited risk.
  2. Trading Instruments

    An Introduction To Options On Futures

    It's easy to understand how options on futures work if you already have experience with stock options.
  3. Trading Instruments

    Option Greeks: The 4 Factors to Measuring Risks

    In this article, we'll look at Greek risk measures: delta, theta, vega, gamma and explain their importance that will help ...
  4. Trading Strategy

    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.
  5. Trading Strategy

    An Introduction to Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these investments worth getting to know.
  6. Trading Instruments

    Option Volatility

    Knowing how the market works in relation to volatility can open a whole new world of opportunity.
  7. Trading Strategy

    Forecasting Market Direction With Put/Call Ratios

    Options are not the only trading instruments. Learn how predictive tools that can help us gauge the feelings of traders. ...
  8. Trading Strategy

    Vertical Bull and Bear Credit Spreads

    This trading strategy is an excellent limited-risk strategy that can be widely used.
  9. Trading Strategy

    Profiting From Position-Delta Neutral Trading

    This trading strategy will show you how to gain from a decline in implied volatility.
  10. Trading Strategy

    An Option Strategy for Trading Market Bottoms

    A reverse calendar spread offers a low-risk trading setup with profit potential in both directions.
  11. Trading Instruments

    The Advantages of SPAN Margin

    Find out how SPAN margin gives option strategists more bang for their buck.
  12. Trading Instruments

    Options Greeks

    Get to know the essential risk measures and profit/loss guideposts in options strategies.
  13. Trading Strategy

    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 ...
  14. Life Insurance

    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.
  15. Trading Instruments

    An Alternative Covered Call: Adding A Leg

    Try this approach to covered calls to increase your potential for profit in any market.
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