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Posted March 1, 2022

Thales of Miletus
Thales of Miletus lived from 624 to 545 B.C. He was a mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. Aristotle regarded him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition, and he has been called the Father of Science.

There is a legend about Thales and the olive press. One story has it that Thales was challenged by a guy who asked why he wasn't rich if he was so smart. Thales decided to get rich, prove the guy wrong, and free up time to look after his personal interests.

In another version of the story, Aristotle tells us Thales decided he would get rich by putting his intellectual powers to use, and in this way he could prove that philosophy could be a useful, pragmatic tool.

Regardless, our ancient hero was the first to use what could be described as options trading to make his fortune. Thales used deductive reasoning from his studies of astronomy and the weather to predict that it would be a good harvest that season for olives.

This flew in the face of the dominant thinking, which was that it would be a poor harvest.

Thales rented all the olive presses months before the harvest at a discount. The harvest was bountiful, and the olive presses were in demand. Thales charged a premium and made his fortune.

In the 17th century, the Japanese codified this idea of an options market. Samurai were paid in rice, not yen, for their services. They wanted to control the rice markets and so created a formal market for buyers and sellers to barter over the price of rice. Samurai could also get money for rice that they would receive in the future.

This idea of an options market advanced past the bucket shops and boiler rooms onto regulated exchanges in the 1970s. Now the market is global, computerized, and massive in scale. But at the end of the day, you are just predicting a future event like a good harvest.

An option is simply a financial instrument that is based on the underlying value of an asset, be it olive presses, rice, or a stock. The options contract gives the buyer the opportunity to buy the underlying asset at a certain price on or before a certain date.

A call option is a bet that the asset will go up, while a put option is a bet that the asset will go down.

These options have a specific date to them, which used to be the last Friday of the month, but has expanded to weekly.

In this way, if you think Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will have a great year, you can buy a call that says the company will be $435 a share before September 2022. This call is expressed as MSFT September 2022 435.00 and is currently selling for $1.04.

If MSFT is $430 in late September, it will expire worthless. If MSFT jumped to $500 tomorrow, it would be worth a lot.

There is a bit more to it than that, but you get the gist of it. The reason I’m telling you this is because now is a great time to get into options trading. You make the most money in options when the market is bouncing around a lot and you bet against the dominant thinking, just like Thales did so many years ago.

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He gained 1121.82% on AMD calls, 207.69% on Chevron calls, and 205.56% on the Brazilian oil company PBR in 22 days.

Sean even made a 295.35% gain on Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) in two weeks!

We here at Energy and Capital decided Sean was too good to just keep him as an inside guru for our best VIP readers. That’s why we're launching an options trading service called Naked Trades (don’t ask).

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All the best,

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Christian is the founder of Bull and Bust Report and an editor at Energy and Capital. For more on Christian, see his editor's page.

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