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Options trading volume vs moneyness

Why options have a higher trading volume when they are at the money? I can imagine people getting interested for ITM options because they have intrinsic value and also OTM options because they are ...
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Options price vs implied volatility - who drives who?

In this article we have: In contrast, IV is derived from an option’s price and shows what the market “implies” about the stock’s volatility in the future. Implied volatility is one of six inputs ...
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Would an ESOP issue physical shares or stock options (call options) to participating employees?

The ESOP (Employee Stock Options Plan) has the word 'options' in it. Is it the same "options" as in "futures and options', i.e are there physical company shares held under the ESOP in an employee's ...
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Why wouldn't an option's last trade price be between the current bid and ask? [duplicate]

In the option table for SPY there is a column called 'Price' and a column called 'Bid' and a column called 'Ask'. If I wish to buy a call option, I need to pay a premium. Which column is the premium ...
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What kinds of financial assets have a fixed payment and finite time?

Which kinds of assets have the following properties? Can be bought or sold in some market Pay some pre-specified amount if a pre-specified (but in the present uncertain) event occurs Has fixed ...
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How are stock options priced?

I was reading the wikipedia article about the Black-Scholes model, and it says this: "The key financial insight behind the equation is that one can perfectly hedge the option by buying and selling ...
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How to sell option with no volume

If there is no volume on options you want to buy/sell, should you do any transactions with those options? Here is my scenario: I recently bought two puts of an industry ETF. A few days later it ...
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How does one typically exit (close out) a large, in-the-money long put option position?

I'm long some puts on a stock that has dropped a great deal. I've made $400,000 on an investment of $100,000. The question is, how do I exit? I can't really sell the puts because there isn't enough ...
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Options: Letting it expire or sell when profiting?

Do you let your options expire or would you sell it before you let it expire if you're profiting (meaning you're in the green - market is going towards the correct direction you anticipated). If you ...
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What would the broker do about this naked call option?

Let's say there is a stock of ABC currently at $8, and I sell a (naked) call option on it, with a strike price of $10 and expiration in two months. Suppose my broker lets me do this if I have 50% of ...
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When offered options as part of a package from a 2 year old startup, how is the strike price derived?

When startups hire new senior people I understand that it is common practice to offer options, often over a period of 4 years. However, the actual value of these options will depend highly on the ...
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Who writes option contracts and when do they get written?

When a person A decides to sell to open an options contract through his / her brokerage, I always thought that this results in an options contract being written on behalf of person A by the brokerage, ...
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Black-Scholes model and options evaluation

may someone explain me how to use a Black-Scholes model in order to identify if a defined option is a valuable investment? Thank you in advance.
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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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Are there any investment strategies which take advantage of an in-the-money option price that incorporates no “time value”?

I'm not sure if "time value" is the correct term, but if an option (still at least several months from expiry) is trading at the difference between its underlying stock's price and its strike price, ...
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Looking at Options Liquidity: what makes some stocks so attractive for options traders?

I've noticed that options volumes can vary dramatically between underlying securities. What makes some stocks (e.g. AAPL, BAC) so attractive for options traders?
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Who gets the periodic payments when an equity is sold on an repurchase agreement?

I am trying to understand how repos work. It is my understanding that selling equities with the promise of buying them back at later time is called repo (short for Repurchase agreement). If one ...
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How does selling rights issues work in practice?

I read the article Understanding Rights Issues, but I don't understand how the selling of those rights issues works in practice. Do you simply get call options you can sell on an options exchange? Or ...
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Collecting Dividends while insulating volatility through options?

Is it possible to use options to collect dividends on stocks while insulating yourself from the volatility? If so, how? e.g., If I bought 100 shares of a REIT but didn't want to expose myself to ...
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Do the proceeds from selling an option immediately convert to buying power in a margin account?

In a cash account, the proceeds from the sale of any security will be held until settlement; for options, this is effectively overnight. One can sell an option on one day, and then use the funds the ...
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What is the difference between a structured collar and a normal collar in finance?

How is a structured collar different from an ordinary collar? I failed to find information about the difference online.
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What is a good price to “Roll” a Covered Call?

For an already initiated Covered Call, I wanted to ask if there is an optimal price to roll? For instance, if I buy/write a stock worth $10 with a strike price of $12, I can be faced with 3 scenarios ...
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Black & Scholes article : option pricing

I am currently reading the famous article by Fischer Black and Myron Scholes called 'The pricing of Options and Corporate liabilities'. Just at the beginning of the article, they go on and explain ...
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How do I buy an option that doesn't exist yet?

For example, the latest option date on a particular stock is Jan 2014, but I want to buy an April 2014 option. According to Google Finance, none exists. Is there any way I can place any order for ...
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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 trade futures if you have options

At this link:http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/09/options-vs-futures.asp they explain the difference between futures and options. It seems futures is an obligation while options is an 'right ...
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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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What risk of a diversified portfolio can be specifically offset by options?

I have been reading articles on portfolios and options. It seems options are used to hedge portfolios for multiple risk factors. I would like to know why options, and why not futures? What is the ...
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How to calculate the standard deviation of stock returns?

I'm trying to learn the the Black–Scholes option pricing formula and one of the elements of that formula (according to http://bradley.bradley.edu/~arr/bsm/pg04.html) is the "standard deviation of ...
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Execute or trade an options contract?

Take this call for example: FIO Jan13 22 Call Let's say this Thursday the stock goes to $23. Here is my math: Cost of option: $35 Cost of stock bought at $22: 100x$22 = $2,200 Thursday price of ...
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Specifically when do options expire?

Take these calls for example: Call Time of expiration SBUX Jan13 55 Call 2012-01-18 4PM EST FIO Jan13 22 Call 2012-01-18 4PM EST FB JanWk4 32 Call ...
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Knockout certificate (Long) fell more than 6% even though the underlaying security rose 1.2%

I recently bought a knockout certificate for facebook. So far it has been doing great returning more then 200%. But recently it has been doing something really strange. On Friday Facebook rose 1.2% ...
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Can the purchaser of a stock call option cancel the contract?

Let's assume there's a company, XYZ, trading at $11/share today. I purchase a call option @ $15 for $0.05. Do I need to keep funds in my account to satisfy the contract? I know my counter party ...
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What rules govern when a new option series is issued?

As I'm typing this, the CBOE quotes and data page lists GOOG and FB options with expirations of September, October, November and December of 2012. But AMZN and GS only get September and October of ...
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Fraudulent Options, and Losing Money

In Batman The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne's account gets drained by fraudulent option buys that expire quickly. Is it possible for fraudulent options to be reversed?
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Can I convert spread option into regular call or put?

I have bought spread call on stock X. After that point, the stock went up and came back. My short position is the same price as it was when I bought it 1 month back. At this point If I just clear out ...
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What does it mean to long convexity of options?

In this Bloomberg video, Curnett talks about volatility and the convexity of options. Specifically, he says; "The spread between the VIX sitting there at 20 for a period of time and this realized ...
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What is a straddle?

I have heard the term straddle when referring to options many times. What would it mean if I wanted to enter into a straddle position?
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What is a long option?

I've heard of this term before but wasn't really sure of what it is, can someone provide me with some information and possibly a reference to that info?
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Why is a “long put” called long if you have a higher net position if the price decreases?

From Wikipedia: to be long in a security, means the holder of the position owns the security and will profit if the price of the security goes up The Payoff/Profit diagram shows that you earn ...
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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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Can you explain this options calls & puts quote table to me?

I was doing some research on options and I found the attached screen. I have no idea what it means. Can someone please explain the columns of the table and how to use such a table when looking up ...
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How can I estimate the value of private stock behind employee stock options?

I'm considering an offer with generous options. I have pretty high risk tolerance, so I'm just trying to estimate the expected value of the options. To the extent possible, I want to base this on the ...
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How can I track the value of options live in my portfolio

With stocks I can enter price and amount into most applications and they allow me track the total Profit / Loss live. Are there any ways to do this with option positions? I was considering entering ...
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If my put option reaches expiration on etrade and I don't log in to the site will it automatically exercise if it's in the money or be a total loss?

I ask because suppose you don't manually exercise and expiration day hits and it's in the money..do you lose it all or is the in the money gain automatically credited to your account?
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Can you write a put option without sufficient funds to meet the potential obligation?

When writing a put option does your account have to be funded so that if the buyer exercises the right to sell you can meet your obligation, or can you write the put option without the funds to meet ...
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Deriving the put-call parity

I am looking at the proof of the put-call parity, $P+S=C+Ee^{-rT}$ The proof begins by defining two portfolios with same strike price $E$ and time to expiry $T$: 1. A call $C(E,T)$ plus cash ...
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What is the best way to make a bet that a certain stock will go up in the medium term?

If I want to make a $1000 bet that, say, a share of AAPL will be $1000 in a year's time, what's the best way to do that? AAPL is over $600 today, so with my $1000 I can only afford to buy one share. ...
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When I google a ticker like XLE or something, I see a price which updates frequently (about every second or so), where can I find this for options?

Is there an options ticker I can google to get this equivalent? Or any free place where I can see the quotes updating more regularly? I know the bats order book sh
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How companies choose earnings release dates, & effect on Implied Volatility

A company's earnings release date significantly affects weekly or monthly option prices and implied volatility. For companies that typically release earnings on the cusp of monthly options expiration ...