Cboe Options Institute

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The Options Institute is the educational arm of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) that provides both person-to-person and online training on how to manage risk or capitalize on opportunity by using various options strategies.[1]

Established in 1985 as one of the earliest formal learning organizations in the security options arena (see Options education), the Institute has become a widely used industry resource for individual traders and institutions. Topics range from the basics of options to more advanced strategies.

A comprehensive curriculum, taught by trading industry professionals, covers all phases of the options business - from understanding options to using options to managing client accounts. Theory, strategy and hands-on trading simulations combine to enhance the learning experience. Many courses are free, and others charge a reasonably low fee.

Debra Peters is Vice Presiden of the Options Institute, and Jim Bittman, Marty Kearney, Russell Rhoads and Peter Lusk are instructors.

On July 30, 2015, CBOE announced a collaboration with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to launch the first international extension of the CBOE Options Institute. The "CBOE Options Institute at SGX" is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2015. It will be dedicated to engaging Asian investors in the effective use of options and volatility strategies to manage risk. The program will be part of the Singapore Exchange’s SGX Academy.[2]

Courses and Seminars[edit]

  • Three free online tutorials covering options basics:
    • Options Basics[3]
    • People and Electronics: How a Trade is Made[4]
    • Advanced Strategies[5]
  • Courses for each level (4 basic, 3 intermediate and 3 advanced courses)[6]
  • Ongoing free webcasts for all levels[7]
  • Upcoming options seminars and events[8]
  • Customized programs that target different experience levels, industry segments, and venues. Each program teaches how options are a useful tool for investment and mitigating a portfolio's risk. The Institute has designed programs for:
    • individual investors[9]
    • institutional investors[10]
    • international market participants[11]
    • retail brokers[12]
    • colleges and universities[13]
  • CBOE TV -- free daily updates/reports you can access online[14]
  • "Ask the Institute" allows market users to ask questions about option concepts, strategies, and terminology. There also is an archive of past questions.[15]


  1. The Options Institute home page. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  2. CBOE and SGX to Launch CBOE Options Institute at SGX. CBOE.
  3. Options Basics course. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  4. People and Electronics: How a Trade is Made. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  5. Advanced Strategies. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  6. Online courses. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  7. Educational webcast. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  8. Options Seminars and Events. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  9. Customized programs, individual investors. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  10. Customized programs, institutional investors. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  11. Customized programs, international market participants. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  12. Customized programs, retail brokers. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  13. Customized programs, colleges and universities. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  14. CBOE Online Media Center. Chicago Board Options Exchange.
  15. Ask The Institute. Chicago Board Options Exchange.