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Bill Beagles, Head of Training, ZISHI
For candidates looking to acquire professional competency to trade options, the ZISHI Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Options Trading provides a deep immersion in trading strategy as well as advanced options theory and practice. Recognised by the industry as an educational gold standard, students will develop their knowledge of trading, management and supervision of options within markets while leveraging new found skills to start actively trading with confidence.
Created alongside leading financial institutions to ensure total relevancy and employability, the Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Options Trading is fast becoming a favoured option for students looking to fast track their entry into industry. The qualification is both fully regulated (RQF) and adheres to the Level 6 Financial Services Standard – Investment Banking & Investment Management.
Applicants must be 16 years and over. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, although it is recommended that learners have an interest in the financial sector and hold a Maths GCSE at Grade A-C (or equivalent) or higher. Initial assessments will be conducted to ensure applicants can produce evidence to the required educational standard for all ZISHI financial trading courses.
1. Option fundamentals
The purpose of this module is to provide learners with the essentials of basic option theory and practice. Learners will develop an understanding of the language and terminology used in options markets, while appreciating how and why options are traded in the financial markets. Upon completion, learners will be able to both analyse and model option prices.
2. Intermediate Option theory and trading strategy
Learners will develop a more in-depth understanding of option theory and practice, including an ability to explain and interpret the key option sensitivities including delta and delta hedging. Learners will understand the nature and uses of vertical, horizontal and volatility option trading strategies, and also why underlying exposures may be hedge using option collars.
3. Advanced option theory and practice
Course participants will cultivate a high-level understanding of option theory and practice and an ability to interpret both volatility and volatility skew using financial trading tools. They will also learn how to discern the key secondary option sensitivities including gamma and gamma trading. Learners will understand the nature and uses of refinements of vertical, horizontal and volatility option trading strategies, while cultivating an awareness of the key principles and practice of option market making. Core principles of risk management of options positions and portfolios will also be explored in depth.
The ZISHI Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Options Trading is a financial qualification aimed at 16+ learners, who wish to understand the trading technologies, systems and strategies needed to thrive as a financial options trader. The qualification also serves as an effective gateway into the finance industry as a whole, with previous graduates of the trading training successfully transitioning into trading financial assets from another profession – or successfully forging a dual career path.
In short, yes. Due to the comprehensive level of skills and training, this fully accredited trading qualification is an exceptional way to stand out for prospective employers and begin a career as an options trader.
The primary purpose of the ZISHI Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Options Trading is to prepare learners with a comprehensive base of market-relevant knowledge to secure employment in a range of finance sector roles. These may include Options Trader, Options Broker, Market Maker, Options Analyst, Risk Manager, Compliance Officer and Investment Administrator.
Our leading consultants, coaches and course facilitators have many years of combined experience and expertise training global multinationals, financial exchanges, consumer goods companies and of course, students and undergraduates in the art of hedging, risk management, futures and options trading.
Simon runs ZISHI training workshops, plus consultancy and coaching projects. He has trained delegates from many of the world’s top industrial and manufacturing companies and is particularly skilled in explaining complex strategies in a simple manner. Simon was a derivatives trader for many years and his experience of risk-averse trading has been of particular value to audiences and clients around the globe. He favours a blended approach to education, using a mixture of classroom lessons and digital solutions.
Bill worked at a hedge fund from 2008 to 2010 and has trading experience of all asset classes, including equities, fixed income and commodities. He’s also the author of ‘Equity and Index Options Explained’. When asked what he feels the biggest shift is in learning over the past 10 years, Bill says, “a move towards using a blended (digital and physical face-to-face) methodology, something Simon and I deliver to great effect in all our trading trainings, masterclasses and coaching programmes.”