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Why does shorting a call option have potential for unlimited loss?

Referring to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Option_(finance), for a short call: If the stock price increases over the exercise price by more than the amount of the premium, the short will lose ...
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Buying & Selling Call Options

So, I understand that if I write a call option and someone decides to exercise it before it expires, I agree to sell them the stock for the listed price on the option. I guess my confusion is, if I ...
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What are some ways to mitigate the risks of covered calls?

When covered calls work, they seem great. However, there is a chance that the stock will tank, turning the 5% profit into a 50% loss. What are some ways of mitigating the risk of a stock dropping ...
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Why are options created?

At the moment I have to juggle with basics of FX OPTIONS. As for every other financial instrument that we use today, those have been invented as an answer to a question/bottleneck/problem one might ...
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Margin when entered into a derivative contract

From Wikipedia In finance, a margin is collateral that the holder of a financial instrument has to deposit to cover some or all of the credit risk of their counterparty (most often their ...
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Options strategy - When stocks go opposite of your purchase?

I'm a bit new to options and would like to ask for someone's strategy opinion. Lets say that you buy a call at an expiration date 2 months or so from now, and in a few days you see the stock go flat ...
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What option-related strategies are better suited to increasing return potential?

At this time I buy and hold stocks. In the few coming months I am considering a change in my investment strategy. If I reduce my diversification that will increase my risk. My financial coach ...
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How is money actually made from the buying or selling of options?

I understand that when you purchase an option it is a contract that allows you buy or sell a security at a specified price on or by a certain time. If you purchase a call option you have the right to ...
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How to get started with options investing?

I have never taken the time to learn about or trade options, and I'd like to give it a shot. IMO, I am a reasonably sophisticated investor; I've been investing in one form or another since I was 11, ...
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What do these options trading terms mean?

I'm trying to learn about options and when I log into my bank's online trading site I see the following selections in the menu. Can anyone explain what each of them mean and how they're different ...
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When does selling (writing) options count for tax purposes?

Let's say I sell an option (say a naked put) that expires in January. If I wait until January to let it expire, does that mean the profits will count towards next year's taxes? Or since I actually ...
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Where to find really good articles on stocks and general trading information?

Apart from this website, are there any other websites out there that are focused on trading and investing?. I am looking for a website where I can find articles etc on trading and investment - say ...
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How can put options be used to buy shares at a lower price?

How to use puts, if you are a net buyer of stocks? I read an article about Warren Buffet buying Burlington Northern stocks and how he used puts to lower the buying price of the shares. Please, ...
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What is a stock warrant? How do warrants work?

What is a stock warrant? How do warrants work? I've been told they are similar to options; how? Then why not just call them options - what makes them different?
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What are futures and how are they different from options?

As a form of investment there are contracts to buy commodities at a specific time in the future or at a specific price. How is this different from an option to buy a share?