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Edward J. Modla

Executive Director, Investor Education,

OCC

  • 20 Years in Financial Industry
  • Former CBOE Market Maker in AMZN Trading Pit
  • Futures Trading Background in Energy &Metals

About Edward J.

Edward J. Modla is Principal, Investor Education at OCC. In this role, he oversees education programs which promote the responsible use of listed equity options. Mr. Modla represents OCC by creating and presenting educational events in both online and in-person formats, serving as a guest speaker on panels, and working with the media. Also, he has a lead position in the production of options curricula and the development of strategic business partnerships.

Edward J.'s Articles

Curious about two-tier income strategies? Join host Ed Modla and CEO of Equity Armour Investments, Luke Rahbari, as they break down market condition, strike and expiration selection, strategy construction, downside risk and more.
Join host Ed Modla and Mark Benzaquen, Manager of the OCC Investor Services team, as they discuss the collar strategy and the many ways that it can be used for downside protection
Tune in as host Ed Modla and guest Dan Keegan of Option Thinker discuss using straddles as an investment strategy, the risks and rewards, plus how certain variables can impact pricing
Many investors focus on buying assets for their portfolios – but it takes buyers and sellers to make a market.

Edward J.'s Videos

Anyone who follows the markets knows that volatility is talked about a lot, whether it's trending higher or lower. But why does volatility matter, and specifically, how does it affect options pricing? Join Edward J Modla of OCC for Volatility Analysis for Options Investors, so that you can better understand what changes in volatility may mean for options. You'll learn about:

  • Historical volatility
  • Implied volatility
  • The concept of historical implied volatility
  • Examples, calculations, and more


In this session, Edward J. Modla of OCC will look at how investors can incorporate single and multi-leg option strategies when they have a particular view about the direction of a stock or ETF. Topics include:

  • Buying Calls and Puts
  • Vertical Spreads
  • Short put spread vs. long calls
  • Short call spread vs. long puts
  • Selecting strike prices and expiration dates
  • Theta
  • Implied Volatility


When it comes to investing, buying is where most people start. But every time there's a buyer, there's a seller, too. In this class you'll learn how selling calls and puts is a very different strategy than buying. Most importantly, you'll see that while selling brings opportunity, it also has its own set of risks. Join Edward J. Modla of OCC who will cover:

  • The obligations of sellers and the rights of buyers
  • Monitoring premium decay and calculating time value
  • Keeping track of moneyness
  • The effect of changing implied volatility
  • Exercise and assignment, including random assignment
  • Pin risk


Anyone who follows the markets knows that volatility is talked about a lot, whether it's trending higher or lower. But why does volatility matter, and specifically, how does it affect options pricing? Join Edward J. Modla of OCC for a free webinar, Volatility Analysis for Options Investors, so that you can better understand what changes in volatility may mean for options. You'll learn about historical volatility, implied volatility, the concept of historical implied volatility, examples, calculations, and more!

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