OPTIONS, STRATEGIES

Mark Benzaquen

Principal, Investor Education,

OCC/The Options Industry Council

  • Senior investor services specials at the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC)
  • Instructor at Options Industry Council (OIC)
  • 25 years industry experience

About Mark

Building on over 25 years in the financial industry, Mark Benzaquen's experience has enabled him to serve as an industry advocate for both individual investors and financial professionals alike. In his role as principal of investor education at OCC, he is responsible for providing support to a comprehensive options resource center that provides information and education about options and supports all products traded on all OCC participant exchanges. Mr. Benzaquen also serves as an instructor and content creator of the Options Industry Council (OIC), conducting option seminars, presenting online webinars, and creating online education courses with a focus on options.

Mark's Articles

A call option is one of two types of options, the other being a put. When an investor buys a call option, they have the right to purchase the security (such as a stock or ETF) upon which the option is based at its strike price, up until the time the option expires
A put option is one of the two types of options, with the other being call options.
Join OIC host Joe Burgoyne and long-time OIC instructor, Bill Ryan as they discuss the short put and other bullish strategies that might be more challenging to implement in a volatile market.
Jermal Chandler, an instructor at Cboe Options Institute discusses his unique journey from chemist to trader. Then, he and host Joe Burgoyne will help to break down Ratio Spreads, Front Spreads and Backspreads. Later in the show, Joe will answer your listener questions.

Mark's Videos

Buying puts to protect your long stock can be a great way to mitigate market risk—but how can you pay for it? By selling a call against the protective put, investors can create a collar around their stock position as a hedging tool, while still allowing for some upward market participation. Join OIC instructor Mark Benzaquen as he explores the basics as well as the complex nuances of this widely used defensive strategy.
Trading options can result in some very real benefits—but there are very real risks, as well. And several of those risks might not be as evident as those with which many option investors are familiar. Join Mark Benzaquen from The Options Industry Council (OIC)SM as he discusses various scenarios and the hidden risks of trading options, including the potential effects of after-hours market news and corporate actions such as mergers and stock splits.


Many investors understand what to do in bullish and bearish market situations, but what about when stocks, ETFs or indexes are trading in a narrow range? That's when options may be the difference as they can offer an array of opportunities for these situations. Join Mark Benzaquen of the Options Industry Council for a session that explores three limited-risk options strategies for sideways markets.

When an investor is starved for income from their portfolios, that's where options can come in. Exchange-listed options can provide investors with a way to generate income in up, down, and sideways markets while potentially reducing portfolio risk. Join me as I discuss options income generating strategies including Bear Call Spreads, Bull Put Spreads, and the ever-popular Iron Condor!