I see a lot of traders on fintwit (to name a few: @UmarAshraf and @RealNourAtta) using ITM or 40-60 delta OTM options to place quick day-trades on 1-5 min charts. They're out within seconds, minutes, to at the most an hour.

Because the holding period is so short, delta is the only greek that matters. These are single leg positions - no spreads, strangles etc.

If a trader takes a 5% position with 20% stop loss, he has 1% account equity at risk. This can also be accomplished by taking a full 100% position with a 1% stop loss. Most brokers in US allow up to 400% day-trading buying power by default, so leverage is not an issue.

What then is the benefit of using options? Is it just generating more leverage while keeping more buying power free?

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Unless trading something like the SPY, the disadvantages of options include possible illiquidity, wider spreads, higher commissions, reduced delta requires more options, and to a small degree, implied volatility contraction.

The benefits of long options reduced cost and leverage.

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