Beth Gaston Moon

Beth Gaston Moon

With more than a decade of experience as a financial journalist and market analyst, Beth Gaston Moon writes about stocks and options from her home in Chicago, IL.

Beth began her derivatives-market career in the research department of Cincinnati-based newsletter publisher Schaeffer’s Investment Research. She started by copy-editing The Options Advisor (the nation’s leading options newsletter) and soon began writing daily market commentaries for

After more than a decade with Schaeffer’s, Beth served as senior editor for PEAK6 Media, composing scripts, trading ideas and articles for The Options News Network. Most recently, she was the senior content and product manager for retail brokerage OptionsHouse.

In 2004, Beth was recognized as a “Woman in Finance” by Money Show Digest. Her market comments have appeared in several media outlets, including Dow Jones Newswires, CBS MarketWatch, Money Show Digest and Reuters. She has also been a contributing author for and Active Trader and Stocks, Futures & Options magazines.

Recent Articles

What are Options Contracts?

When you purchase options contract, the price quoted will be per share and not per contract. Here's a simple calculation to determine options contract price.

Choosing an Options Broker

Before you open an options trading account here are a few considerations you'll encounter when choosing an options broker. Getting approval for trading options.

Options Trading Strategies

There are many fairly complex options trading strategies. Here's a listing of options trading strategies for novice and seasoned options traders.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Trading Options

In addition to risk, time decay, and overly aggressive positions, there are a few other common mistakes that option traders make. Avoid these Options Mistakes.

Understanding Options Risk

By understanding options risk, you can become a better and more profitable options trader. While big returns are achievable savvy traders understand the risk.