Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Russell Rhoads  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born:

Sites:

E-Mail:


Illinois Connection

Rhoads received a Master's Crertificate in Financial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2003.

Biographical and Professional Information

Russell Rhoads, CFA, is an instructor with the Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He joined the Institute in 2008 after a career as an investment analyst and trader with a variety of firms including Highland Capital Management​, Caldwell & Orkin Investment Counsel, TradeLink Securities and Millenium Management​. He is a financial author and editor having contributed to Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities magazine and edited several books for Wiley publishing. Rhoads also instructs a graduate level options course at the University of Illinois - Chicago and acts as an instructor for the Options Industry Council.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Candlestick Charting For Dummies
ISBN: 0470178086

For Dummies. 2008

Want to gain a trading edge with candlestick charts? Find them a little confusing? No worries! Candlestick Charting For Dummies sheds light on this time-tested method for finding the perfect moment to buy or sell. It demystifies technical and chart analysis and gives you the tools you need to identify trading patterns — and pounce!

This friendly, practical, guide explains candlestick charting and technical analysis in plain English. In no time, you’ll be working with common candlestick patterns, analyzing trading patterns, predicting market behavior, and making your smartest trades ever. You’ll discover the advantages candlestick has over other charting methods and learn the secrets of combining it with other technical indicators. You’ll also get familiar with different ways to display and interpret price action, including trend lines, support levels, resistance levels, moving averages, and complex indicators. Discover how to:

  • Construct candlestick charts
  • Identify and interpret basic patterns
  • Trade in bull and bear markets
  • Work with complex patterns and indicators
  • Avoid False signals
  • Understand the components of market activity
  • Deal with bullish or bearish single-stick, two stick, and multistick patterns
  • Identify and interpret complex patterns
  • Use indicators to determine the market
  • Outperform the market in any conditions

Don’t know whether to grab the bull by the horns or just grin and bear it? Read Candlestick Charting For Dummies and get it right the first time.

Option Spread Trading: A Comprehensive Guide to Strategies and Tactics
ISBN: 0470618981

Wiley. 2011

A practical guide to unlocking the power of option spreads

When dealing with option spreads your looking to purchase one option in conjunction with the sale of another option. If managed properly, these spreads can provide experienced investors with the potential for large returns without undertaking a great deal of risk.

Option Spread Trading provides a comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand explanation of option spreads, and shows you how to select the best spread strategy for any given market outlook. Along the way, author Russell Rhoads discusses spread strategies that can be used to profit from a strong up or down directional move in a stock, a stagnant market, or a highly volatile market. He also details how you can harness the leverage of options to create a low-risk position that provides the potential for a big profit.

  • All manner of spreads are covered, from calendar and horizontal spreads to vertical and diagonal spreads
  • Highlights how you can monitor and adjust an existing spread position and provides tips on how to exit a spread trade
  • Includes exercises and examples to test and reinforce your knowledge of the concepts presented

Option spread trading has become increasingly popular with active traders and investors. Gain a better understanding of this powerful approach with Option Spread Trading as your guide.

Trading VIX Derivatives: Trading and Hedging Strategies Using VIX Futures, Options, and Exchange-Traded Notes
ISBN: 0470933089

Wiley. 2011

A guide to using the VIX to forecast and trade markets

Known as the fear index, the VIX provides a snapshot of expectations about future stock market volatility and generally moves inversely to the overall stock market. Trading VIX Derivatives will show you how to use the Chicago Board Options Exchange's S&P 500 volatility index to gauge fear and greed in the market, use market volatility to your advantage, and hedge stock portfolios. Engaging and informative, this book skillfully explains the mechanics and strategies associated with trading VIX options, futures, exchange traded notes, and options on exchange traded notes.

Many market participants look at the VIX to help understand market sentiment and predict turning points. With a slew of VIX index trading products now available, traders can use a variety of strategies to speculate outright on the direction of market volatility, but they can also utilize these products in conjunction with other instruments to create spread trades or hedge their overall risk.

  • Reviews how to use the VIX to forecast market turning points, as well as reveals what it takes to implement trading strategies using VIX options, futures, and ETNs
  • Accessible to active individual traders, but sufficiently sophisticated for professional traders
  • Offers insights on how volatility-based strategies can be used to provide diversification and enhance returns

Written by Russell Rhoads, a top instructor at the CBOE's Options Institute, this book reflects on the wide range of uses associated with the VIX and will interest anyone looking for profitable new forecasting and trading techniques.


Awards

--