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Do Options take Dividend into account?

Suppose I own a contract with a market lot of 100 shares in company A and company A goes ex-dividend during the validity of the contract. That means, that theoretically the price of company A will ...
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Are there option strategies that exploit mergers and acquisitions events

Are there any option strategies that can profit from mergers,acquisitions and buyouts? I don't mean insider trading, I mean after the news is out but the deal has not taken place yet, are there any ...
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What happens if futures contract seller defaults?

I'm considering buying a put future to hedge against interest rate increase. I know there is a certain level of protection from default as required by the contract, but I assume the risk is not zero. ...
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How much does the volatility change for a 1$ move in the underlying

Is there a quick and dirty way to approximate how much the volatility of an underlying would change for a 1$ move in the underlying. The individual option Greeks measure the sensitivity of an option ...
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a “fully” American option strategy?

Is there such a thing as an American butterfly spread? For a European butterfly spread simply buying 1 put with strike price X+a, 1 put with strike price X-a and shorting 2 calls with strike price X, ...
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How to sell large amount of options?

If the amount of contracts to sell is about 2-3 times the average daily volume, the bid size is usually higher than the contracts to sell, the ask premium price is about 8% above the bid, how would ...
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Total price of (AAPL option strike price + option cost) decreases with strike price. Why?

I'm looking at apple options and found this strange pricing in the options table. It seems like if you buy a lower strike price your total cost for buying the stock and options is much less. Why is ...
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Do European options have to be exercised at a specific time on Expiry day?

European Options as compared to American Options can only be exercised on a certain date. As I want to start writing options, I want to know whether it can be exercised by the buyer at anytime during ...
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Disclosure (13D, insiders) and equity swaps/options

What is the current SEC ruling on equity swaps and options? For example, 13D requires that When a person or group of persons acquires beneficial ownership of more than 5% of a voting class of a ...
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Is there a website with options chain charts?

I would like to see a chart in the change of the bid price of an options chain. For example I'd like to see a daily chart of the bid price of ZNGA at a strike price of $10. Is there a free website ...
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Are there any financial games that simulate and teach you option tradings? [closed]

I have been wondering if I can accelerate my understanding of option tradings, and have been looking for programs or even games that teach you how to trade options. Most of the online or offline ...
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valuing options

So in my finance textbook I have the following question: T-bills currently yield 5.5 percent. Stock in Nina Manufacturing is currently selling for $70/share. There is no possibility that the stock ...
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New to options trading and need help understanding an options spread risk graph. What am I missing?

Suppose the stock is $41 at expiry. The graph says I will lose money. I think I paid $37.20 for (net debit) at this price. I would make money, not lose. What am I missing? Thanks for all your input, ...
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Exercising an option without paying for the underlying

As a follow up to my other question, I would like to know whether the following is possible: Let's say I have $20.000 in my brokerage account Suppose there are call option with strike 300 (and ...
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Does the Section 1256 Rule (60/40 rule) pass through to Mutual Fund holders?

Section 1256 of the U.S. Tax Code applies, in many situations, to SPX options. If I own a mutual fund that makes use of SPX options, do the SPX gains get passed through to me on a 60/40 basis -- e.g. ...
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Prospective employer is offering to 'buy me out' of my stock/options

Over a 4 year period I have received a mix of stock options AND restricted stock at a private company. The options are not in the money, but I am wanting to liquidate my restricted stock. I am not ...
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How can I affect implied volatility of an option?

Implied Volatility represents the actual above-market premium an option contract trades for at any point in time, but it changes in mysterious ways. If I wanted implied volatility to be higher, could ...
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does an option provide better liquidity than outright stock purchase?

Suppose the following scenario I have an option to buy stock X for 20,000 Shares, The break-even price is reached at price 15.00 The stock is currently trading at 14.50, the paid for option price is ...
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If a startup can always issue new shares, what value is there to stocks/options?

Since in most startups the board can issue more shares at will, what does it mean for an employee to own X% of the shares? When signing up, can an employee protect himself from the company printing ...
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Is there an academic framework for deciding when to sell in-the-money call options?

I've been buying 1-year at-the-money call options on various stocks as a way to increase my leverage. I almost never regret selling them once they are up 40%. There are many times when they've been ...
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Can I trade options purely as a leveraged product?

Following the Three Ways to Buy Options article from NASDAQ, there are supposedly three different ways to trade options after buying them: Exercise the option at maturity Exercise the option before ...
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A goldsmith's hedging strategy, simplified

A goldsmith has bought 100oz physical gold for his trade and paid $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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Does implied volatility always rise as earnings announcements approach?

Often, implied volatility of options rise as an earnings announcement approaches. Does this principle hold true regardless of whether the earnings are expected to be good or bad? Also, usually IV and ...
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3% Equity options in software company, entitles me to revenue share?

We are a software company and have a partnership with another software company that gives us components to implement within our software and now they want to buy the intellectual property from us, ...
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Do equity options trade outside regular hours, similar to after hours trading for some stocks?

Is there an after hours trading market for equity options also, similar to that of the equity market? I am specifically interested to know if BB (TSX) and BBRY(NASDAQ) options trade outside regular ...
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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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How to decide on the proper strike and expiry month while opening a long box spread

In theory, I should be able to open up a long box by selecting two strikes where the debit required is less than the difference between the strikes, then hold the box to expiration and get back an ...
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Offsetting the tax on vested RSUs with short term capital loss

For sake of simplicity let's say I vested 100 shares from RSUs, that triggered a stock sale of 40 shares at $10/share to cover tax withholding of $400. Is it possible to offset the $1,000 gain ...
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What is the maximum number of options I can buy if the price is $0.01?

In options trading, the lowest price for one call option can be as low as $0.01, for example for one contract which expires in a year. My question is what is the maximum number of options I can buy ...
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Is the delta hedging technique of any use for a retail trader

As a retail trader, does it make sense to hedge an option position by taking an opposing position in the underlying? If I buy a long call and short an equivalent number of the underlying so that the ...
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How is a long call and short stock portfolio equivalent to lending money

In his book 'Volatility Trading' Euan Sinclair writes that a hedged portfolio of long call and short stock is equivalent to lending money. He did not provide much clarification, so I am wondering, ...
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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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Trade stocks in USA

What are the conditions for foreign citizens (and non-residents) to trade on American exchanges? I believe it's possible, but don't know the conditions...
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American trade Hong Kong financial markets (specifically index options)

How can an American get access to the Hang Seng index and index options? This trades in Hong Kong, but really exposure to Hang Seng stocks and derivatives (and index options) in general would be good. ...
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If an option's price is 100% made up of its intrinsic value, is there a way to guarantee a non-loss while having a chance at a profit?

Let's hypothetically say that a stock is trading at $153, and I can buy its $150 call option for $3. If I shorted 100 shares of the stock and bought 100 options, then I would be guaranteed to break ...
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How does delta of an option change with time if underlying price isconstant

In his book 'Option Volatility and Pricing', Sheldon Natenberg writes that if an option has a delta of 92 with 3 months to expiry; and then 2 months pass and the underlying contract does not change in ...
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Guidelines for scaling into an options position

What are some guidelines for scaling into an options position when the position has moved in your favor, and you are looking at a paper profit of ~ 5% (arbitrary number). Do you just double up? Are ...
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How to improve risk/reward profile of a calendar spread position

In a calendar spread (short front month ATM option, long back month ATM option), you want the stock to be right at the short strike at front month expiration. Too much movement from the short strike ...
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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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How to consider the effect of margin call risk in a gamma scalping strategy

I am trying to tippy toe into volatility trading and volatility strategies. So I was reading Sheldon Natenberg where he starts off with a portfolio of long ATM call and short 50 shares of stock to ...
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How does a person with a large equity in a company hedge his risk

How people like Bill Gates , who has the bulk of their wealth tied up in MSFT shares, hedge their downside risk in case the share price tanks? If he were to buy put options like the rest of us, it ...
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Covered call and put options as separate trades

Let's say I write a covered call and a buy separate put option. After a period of time, the call expires, leaving me with the underlying stock. Thereafter, the market price went down and I can ...
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Is an ITM option bought/sold to close in addition to being assigned?

I'm a little unclear on what happens to in-the-money options on expiration. I know the option will get assigned, but does it also need to be bought/sold to close? For example, say I sell a covered ...
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How can retail stock and options traders find trades with a clear defined positive edge

A retail trader of equities and options may believe that his technical signals and fundamental analysis is superior and smarter than the other retail traders. Maybe for some it is true. For a lot of ...
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Should I use futures or options to hedge my long SPY position?

If I am long 100 shares of SPY, what are some questions that I can ask myself to decide: Whether I should hedge by selling futures, or by buying put options? What are some pros and cons of each?
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Why do deep in the money options trade below their intrinsic value?

I have an investment account where I'm currently holding about $200K in SPY shares (S&P 500 index). I'm a bit worried that we are in a bubble, so I'm looking into strategies to hedge my downside. ...
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Estimate a future option price given greeks and a 1$ move in underlying

Let us say underlying is at 50$, and the 50 call is at 0.50. delta=0.5, gamma =0.5, theta = .02, vega = .10. I apologize if these numbers are not realistic, I am very poor at Greeks. My question is: ...
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How to hedge volatility decreases

My particular options positions are typically a long delta, and long vega. Decreases in implied volatility, or specifically the VIX, can drastically alter the profitability of my position. Is there a ...
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Why deep in the money options have very low liquidity

I understand that OTM options with low deltas are not that attractive, hence liquidity is less. But how about deep ITM options, why is the liquidity not there? Deep ITM options are a cheap way to ...
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Received Stock options as UK Employee, however exercised the stock as a Canadian Employee. What is my tax liability?

I work for a global company. As a UK resident, my company awarded me stock options & Restricted stock. The stocks is traded on the NYSE. I exercised the stock in Canada. I transferred to the ...