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Profits vs. losses from stocks, options, and futures: separate, or combined?

Are stocks, options, and futures all considered part of the same basket for tax purposes? E.g., if one make some profits on stocks and losses on futures, does the IRS allow one to deduct the losses ...
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What is the effect of options expiration on equity pricing?

I often read on twitter that institutions will manipulate the price of stock x because it's options expiration day. By manipulating the price of the stock below the strike price, it's my understanding ...
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Can after-hours trading affect options pricing?

The question is targeted for symbols trading weekly options. For example, would Friday's AAPL after-hours trading affect the weekly options contract that are slated for expiration on that day? Or do ...
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Taxes when exercising stock options in a privately held startup

Let's say I currently have the right to exercise some employee stock options (ISO) at a certain strike price. I have add these options for more than a year. I read that the AMT tax applies on the ...
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Are futures options eligible for the 60/40 tax rule?

How are options taxed when the underlying asset is a futures contract. Futures contracts in the US have a favorable tax treatment known as the 60/40 rule, where 60% of profits are taxed at the long ...
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Whats the difference between a qualified and an unqualified covered call?

I own various shares that I want to start writing covered calls on but I've heard about differences between "qualified" and "unqualified" covered calls. What's the difference? All I can find is that ...
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Get free option quotes

Is there a google or yahoo api that provides option quotes similar to the below for stock quotes? http://www.google.com/finance/getprices?i=60&p=3d&f=d,o,h,l,c,v&df=cpct&q=SPY I am ...
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What is the rationale behind brokerages establishing tiers/levels for options trading?

I'll preface this by saying that my experience in this field is limited, so bear with any abuses of terminology. I understand the rationale behind FINRA's "Know your customer" and suitability rules ...
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When should I exercise my startup stock options? How would it be taxed?

Let's say I'm an employee at a startup where I own fully vested stock options. Scenario 1 I have not exercised my stock options and my startup was bought. Do I still get to exercise my options? The ...
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How does the process of “assignment” work for in-the-money Options?

Consider the following scenario - I have a covered call for XYZ for this month's expiration as XYZ May 18 25 Call. On May 18, XYZ is trading for $28, with the option listed above at $3.3. If I ...
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Why do some symbols not have an Options chain for specific expiration dates?

In an attempt to generate income from holdings, I generally screen stocks that trade options regularly. In my research, I have noticed that certain stocks have weekly options - but not always. For ...
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Can a loss on the sale of my house offset capital gains tax from stock options?

I've lost a bunch of value on my primary residence. I've got a bunch of vested stock options that, when exercised/sold, will be a substantial capital gains. If I sold my house the same year I ...
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Buying non-qualified employee stock options that are going to expire?

I have NQ stock options from my employer that have to be exercised in the next few months before they expire. I would like to hang on to them as I have faith in the stock itself. What are my options? ...
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How are proceeds from writing covered calls taxed?

When I sell call options based on an underlying security that I own (covered call writing), how are the proceeds treated fro tax purposes? As ordinary income? As a short-term capital gain? Is ...
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Do investors go long option contracts when they cannot cover the exercise of the options?

Consider I want to buy some american-style call options for a particular stock, and suppose this underlying stock 'XYZ' is valued at $100 a share. Suppose I go long (buy) 10 option contracts for XYZ ...
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What are the tax implications of exercising options early?

Say you have the following situation: You have pre-IPO stock options Half of the options have vested, the other half will vest over the next 2 years Your strike price is S The fair market value of ...
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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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Any advantage to exercising ISO's in company that is not yet public?

I have ISO's in a private company and am trying to decide whether there is any advantage in exercising them. The price is low enough and my confidence in the company is high enough that I am ...
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Where to find LEAPS option quotes (full chain)? CBOE & Yahoo! Finance not working

It appears that most sites that give stock option quotes are broken. I'm trying to get a full chain for 3M (MMM) in Jan 2012. I tried CBOE and Yahoo!. CBOE doesn't even show the LEAPS. Yahoo! ...
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Rules for Broker Behavior with Covered Calls

When selling covered calls, there are a couple of things a broker could do if the stock has a sharp increase. Here's an example: Buy Stock: $100 Sell Call $120@1month: $1 Two days later, the stock ...
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Where can I get a list of ticker symbols that have stock options?

I would like to examine the option chains of almost every stock that has options. Is there some sort of stock screener or application that can give me a list of the ticker symbols that have options?
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When an in-the-money stock option expires does the broker always execute it or does its value become worthless if the owner doesn't execute it?

When an in-the-money stock option expires does the broker always execute it or does its value become worthless if the owner doesn't execute it?