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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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How can theta be so large on this option? [migrated]

The AAPL Sep 95 put currently has a theta of -.21. The put midpoint is .84. 84/21 = 4 days. However, the put has nearly a month before expiration, at which time it will be zero. Not 4 days from ...
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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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Large volume options sell

In Casino Royale, the villain trades put options worth USD 100 million and loses. My question is say if he had won, would he have been able to sell the USD 100 million worth of options? Say option ...
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Risk involved in buying LEAP put and selling short term puts against it?

Let's say company A is currently trading at 100. I bought to open 10 puts for company A at 100 strike price in Jan 2015. What risk am I exposed to by selling shorter term weekly puts (strike < ...
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When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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Does the Black-Scholes Model apply to American Style options?

After reading the Wikipedia article on the Black-Scholes model, it looks to me like it only applies to European options based on this quote: The Black–Scholes model (pronounced /ˌblæk ˈʃoʊlz/1) is ...
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A goldsmith's hedging strategy, simplified

A goldsmith has bought 100oz physical gold for his trade and payed $1300/oz. He is going to be ready to sell his jewels in 3 months from purchase. In order to hedge against falling prices of gold, he ...
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Am I understanding buying options on stock correctly

I'm just wondering if I am understanding Stock options correctly. Basically if I am watching stock XYZ. It's currently at $10 per share which I believe is low and should raise to 20 within 1 month. ...
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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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Why does a long/purchased call option have a long position in the option itself?

I am teaching myself some finance through a book. And I get confused by call/put options having short/long position in the options themselves or the underlying assets. For example, I understand the ...
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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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What is a good service that will allow me to practice options trading with a pretend-money account?

I want to get a little more practice before I put my money on the line. I was using Paper Money from thinkorswim through school, but my account is bugged where the buying power will not update. The ...
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What happens to options after a stock split?

If an underlying stock splits, are the options just adjusted accordingly (i.e. quantity I own is multiplied, and strike price is divided)? For example, AAPL will have a 7 for 1 split soon. If I have ...
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What is an “Options Account”?

I am filling out the form to apply for a TDAmeritrade Minor Roth IRA. I understand what's going on so far, but on the actual application I see this form (I have checked off some boxes already): ...
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Short position with bullish outlook

I am just starting to learn about options and about puts and calls. Traditionally, I assumed that being short on a position means having a bearish outlook to the market. However, when you are an ...
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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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Why futures has a mark to market concept that is not present in stocks

A futures contract is traded just like a stock or an option contract. So how come a futures contract has the concept of mark to market whereas a stock or an option does not have this concept? IS it ...
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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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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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Why would someone buy a way out-of-the-money call option that's expiring soon?

I swing trade equity options every once in a while for fun. This morning I witnessed something I do not understand at all. In the attached photo, why would someone purchase 6 contracts for .05 at ...
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Does a large open interest with zero volume in an option give any clues to the trader

For a particular option, if Open interest has a positive value but volume is 0, does it give any clues to the investor? There are open contracts in that option for the underlying but how come the ...
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How does a delta signify the probability of expiring in the money

I was watching this video on option greeks and the guy said (at 34 min): If an option has a delta of 34, it has a 34% probability of expiring in the money? Is it possible to understand it intuitively ...
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Understanding option commission costs

In Interactive Brokers, they charge an option commission cost of 1.50 per contract. So this means if I sell an option, I only pay 1.50 and collect the full premium? It seems a bit too good, coming ...
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Probablity of touching In the money vs expiring in the money for an american option

As an options trader trading American style options, should one be considered with the probability of an option expiring in the money? Or simply the probability of the option touching the In the money ...
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Why Gamma is highest for an option that is at the money

What is the reason that At the Money options have the highest Gamma? I understand that Gamma is the rate of change of an options price w.r.t the change of the underlying price (a.ka. the change of ...
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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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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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Why would someone want to buy an option on the day of expiry

If I buy an Out of Money option and the option becomes In the money on the Friday of expiry, can I still expect to sell the option and close my position at a profit? Or is my only hope is to exercise ...
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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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Comparing option data between yahoo finance and CBOE for SPY options

In this snippet from an option chart from CBOE website I am guessing that the chart is showing Call Options for Apr 25, 2014 expiry for the Strike of 155. But how come there are so many calls for ...
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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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Why does an option lose time value faster as it approaches expiry

What is the reason (without getting too mathematical) that an option loses its time value in a non linear fashion (a.k.a. the time value is lost gradually at first and becomes very rapid in the days ...
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Why IV and stock price are inversely related

What is the reason that Implied Volatility and Stock Price are inversely related? Is it possible to understand this qualitatively without getting into the math of the Black-Scholes formula?
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Online service that computes implied volatility

Is there a free online service that will give me the Implied Volatility of a stock or ETF based on the current option price? Or do I need to calculate myself in excel? I found this resource on IV but ...
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Does SPY option prices fluctuate as much as its underlying

In this link on SPY options the Chg column mostly shows 0.00. Does this mean option prices don't change much minute to minute unlike the underlying?
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Am I doing the math for this covered call/long put strategy correctly? What risks do I run with this strategy?

In this trade, I write an in-the-money covered call and buy an in-the-money put (as an example) on GM, expiring in September 2014. The call premium is $10.02 with a strike of $26, and the put premium ...
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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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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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How are options traded on exchanges priced?

First, my knowledge is limited and I am still learning. I understand that each bank has various models to price options and that the prices vary based on these models. If this is the case, how are ...
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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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Why is early exercise generally not recommended for an in-the-money option?

Why is it said that early exercise of a (call) option is not recommended and it is always better to sell the option instead? Is it just to avoid assignment fees? Of course, we assume that the option ...
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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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What does an options premium really mean?

I am taking a derivatives class at college, and I am getting slightly confused about how to understand options premiums. I have a couple of questions, specifically on this slide presented in class: ...
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Does the uptick rule apply to all stocks/ETFs and other securities, or only specific ones?

Does the uptick rule on U.S. securities apply universally across all stocks, all bonds, all futures and all options? Or is it limited to certain category of securities/instruments? Is there a ...
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Had employee options in a company that has been sold to another foreign company. What happens?

One of my parents had employee options in a company that was based in the US. Recently however, that US company had been sold off to a German company (now based in Germany). Question is, what ...
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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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Selling the underlying in case a covered call is exercised?

If I sell an out-of-the-money covered call and the option becomes in-the-money prior to expiry, then am I forced to sell my underlying at the strike price (assuming the counterparty decides to ...
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When writing a covered call, what's the difference between a “net debit” and a “net credit”?

My brokerage account (Fidelity) gives me two choices when writing a covered call: net debit and net credit. What's the difference between these two choices? For example, take DRRX (share price $1.4). ...
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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 ...