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Is this True about Put option

I was reading on option trading put option. They have stated that Volume on put option is less then the call option. Is it true? If it is why ?
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Why naked call writing is risky compare to Covered call?

From my knowledge-- I know for sure that Covered Call: Requires you to owe underlying share before writing option and Naked call you don't have to but if you lose you are obligated to sell ...
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Difference between European and American options

Appreciate some help with a problem i am facing OK, so first I found a put and call option with same strike price and maturity for both American-style and European-style options. I selected the ones ...
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What happen in this selling call option scenario

I am beginner in trading. So scenario is: For e.g. until the expiry date i want the stock value to stay at $50 or less. But what happen if the stock price went high and then go down near expiry date?...
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Buying puts without owning underlying

I'm looking to buy puts for short-term option trading. My time horizon is a week to two weeks at most. I only ever trade the options - I never hold to expiration. When I attempt to buy a put, I get an ...
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How to get information about historical stock option prices for a defunct company?

It has previously been asked how to get historical stock prices for a defunct company: How to find historical stock price for a de-listed or defunct company? I would like to know how to get ...
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Fill price above my ask - how is that possible?

I had tried to sell my GDXJ options @ 12.80, I saw there was a fill at 12.95 but none of my options were sold. When I called the broker they said option spreads are given priority. I can understand if ...
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How to get approved for option trading?

I recently tried applying to get approved for trading options in my brokerage account. I have 10k in the account ~$4k in cash and I'm 23. I have more than the average investor's knowledge when it ...
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Open Interest vs Volume for Stock Options

Wanted to double check my intuition - What if there is only one trading day and the volume is smaller than the open interest on that one trading day. This is assuming there is no open interest before ...
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What to think of two at the money call options with different strike prices and premiums?

Suppose a stock is trading for $50. Further, suppose there is some call option A, which has a strike price of $40 and a premium of $10. Furthermore, suppose there is another call option B, which has a ...
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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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How can I find ISIN numbers for stock options?

I currently use my bank for brokering services, as I don't have enough capital to justify going on my own. The bank told me that they need an ISIN if I want them to purchase stock (call)options for me....
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Can written options be exercised against you prior to expiry when they become “in-the-money”?

I'm talking practically. For example: Suppose I write 10 contracts with strike $102 for 50 cents an option, with expiry two weeks from now, with stock price at $100. A week from now stock hits, say, ...
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How liquid is options market?

My strategy invloves making profits by the increase in "Implied volatility" through long straddles/strangles. Enemy: Time decay. I am aware that the time decay accelerates. I read, For a 9 month ...
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Question about option premiums

Is there any conceivable way in which an OTM option's value will decrease or (will not move, for that matter) as the underlying moves in a direction that gets the option closer to the money, aside ...
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Why buy a vertical spread if I could instead buy a naked call?

If I believe a stock will go up, say from a price of $100, and I wish to execute an options strategy that would make me money if the stock were to rise, why would I want to setup a vertical spread ...
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Non-resident alien tax: on a trading stock options gain

I am a Non-resident Alien and I have an account with a US broker. I have always traded stocks there, without declaring the gain in the US ( paying the Capital Gain in my home country ). Now, in 2015,...
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Which option is more expensive?

Consider two European put options, written on the same asset, with the same maturity, but different strike prices: K1< K2 Which option is more expensive? Then Answer the same question, but using ...
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What are your experiences with 'self directed' 401ks?

Some background: have no plans to leave current company anytime soon, so (short of borrowing against my 401k balance to invest outside the 401k) I can't get the funds out want to max out my 401k ...
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Question about option chain

https://beta.finance.yahoo.com/quote/GOOG/options?ltr=1&date=1516320000 OK, can't I just SELL "350 @ $395 and BUY "340" @ $391 and pocket $4 immediately and realize another $10 if and when the ...
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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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What typically happens to unvested stock during an acquisition?

I work for a publicly traded company that was acquired by another publicly traded company. I also own shares of "restricted stock units" for my company. All of my shares are scheduled to vest far ...
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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 $76....
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Pricing American Options in Continuous Time Framework

As part of my project i need to create a model to price American put options in continuous time framework. Any ideas how to start? Any good read?
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Call option- premium fall with rise in spot price

The premium of the below call keeps falling although the price is increasing and it still has more than a month until expiry. The current spot price is 392. Shouldn't the in the money strike premium ...
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How much money are you actually trading with options?

In my Investments class we are trading options. I bought a TSLA call option for 8.80. I know that options come bundled in groups of 100. So did I actually invest $880 or did I only invest 8.80? I sold ...
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Where can I buy European-style options?

My broker (Ameritrade) makes several options available in their platform (thinkorswim). It seems like these are mostly American options (can be exercised at any time). There does not seem to be any ...
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Should a strategy backtested against three years of tick data continue to produce positive results?

Let's say we have a Binary Options 5-minute trading strategy that relies on multiple indicators and exploits price reversals in currency pairs. Now let's say there is a combination of inputs for the ...
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Comparison between buying a stock and selling a naked put

Suppose one wants to invest in company X, whose stock is selling for, say, $100/share. What are the differences in profit potential between buying 100 shares and repeatedly selling a naked put at ...
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Will my money be safe in my trading account during a market crash?

I am an options trader. Imagine when I am peacefully trading on my trading account with my broker, the market collapses and causes a recession or depression. Now can I continue to trade during the ...
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If Option prices are publically quoted on an options exchange, why do people use Black-Sholes to estimate their price?

I always wondered why the Black-Sholes-Merton model was used to estimate the price of European-style options when their prices are available on quoted exchanges? I think I am missing something big ...
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How disciplined are companies in sticking to the announced earnings announcement date?

My options strategy depends on the earnings announcement date. Do all companies disclose earning announcement dates well before the date? Or do they announce as a surprise? How often do they ...
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Is there strategy to qualify stock options with near expiry date for long term capital gain tax?

I am trading stock options. Typically I hold them for few weeks; sell them and wait for the next opportunity to trade them again. However, now I have been wondering - is it possible somehow to ...
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Why do some expiration dates have more open interest for options?

Looking at the options market I noticed that some expiration dates have a lot more open interest than others. A good example is April 15th. Almost every company I've looked at has a very large open ...
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Why are American-style options worth more than European-style options?

Why are American-style options worth more than European-style options? I realize I can exercise American-style options anytime before the expire, but I can only exercise European-style options ...
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Is there a way to see how much leverage a mutual fund or ETF is using to generate a return

I am taking over some of my IRA and 401K money and I want to move towards a more value based approach with an emphasis on dividends. One thing I have learned on this quest is that most options have ...
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Reporting of 1256 Based Options

I live in the United States. In 2015 I have traded several 1256 based options. The details of each trade were not included in my 1099 and not imported into Turbo Tax. I understand that this is to be ...
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Capital gains tax on 1256 based options

If an investor writes a 1256 based option $1000 in January and the option expires worthless in February that is a capital gain. Is it true that, since it is 1256 based, that the capital gains are ...
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How can I bet against oil in the long term?

I want to bet against oil over a long term period (5-10 years, let's say). What is the best way for me to go about this, i.e what should I purchase and how?
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Is it possible to know the probability that a trade is successful?

I'm trying to model the distribution of different outcomes of day trading every day for a year. I'm starting with $350 dollars. I'm only doing options trading on Apple stock with a 5% stop loss and a ...
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What is a good service that will allow me to practice options trading with a pretend-money account? [closed]

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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Is selling put options an advisable strategy for a retiree to generate stable income?

Suppose a retiree wants to generate stable income from selling S&P500 (or other stock index) put options. Is this an advisable strategy for a retiree?
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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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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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Are binary options really part of trading?

I watched many videos and read many tutorials about binary trading. If I really understood it, you bet that a quote/currency/stock market/anything will rise or fall within a period of time. So, ...
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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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Is it better to buy put options or buy an inverse leveraged ETF?

Let's say you think the market is heading down in the next 6 months. Is it better to buy put options of an ETF (e.g., SPY) or buy an inverse ETF (e.g., SH)? or a leveraged inverse ETF (e.g., SPXU) to ...
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What is a bull put spread?

When someone in the stock market says they are going to do a bull put spread, what does that mean, and what services do they use to do it?
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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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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 ...