Questions tagged [option-exercise]

In options trading, the option holder has the right but not the obligation to buy or sell the underlying instrument at a specified price on or before a specified date in the future. Exercise means to put into effect the right specified in an option contract.

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How can I track the value of options live in my portfolio [closed]

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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Does options exercise increase a stock's trading volume?

When I buy or sell a stock, the transaction will increase the stock's trading volume. Instead, suppose I buy an option and decide to exercise it immediately (for whatever reason). When I exercise a ...
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Is there capital loss on called shares

I bought 100 shares of XYZ at $12.35 for a total cost of $1,235. I then sold an $11.50 call for $1.15, collecting $115. If assigned, will my sale price for the 100 shares be $1,150 realizing an $85 ...
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Option chain with nil bid quantity and price

Let's assume I bought a call option ABC CE @.50 and now its value is @.10. There is no bid price or bid quantity. Am I able to sell the option at @.10 anyway?
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Availability of proceeds from the exercise of a long put

If I bought a put option in a cash account, it expired ITM and was exercised automatically on Friday, could I use the proceeds on Monday or would I have to wait T+2 working days until Wednesday for ...
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Taxes when exercising an option (not ISO)

Nearly all of the information that I can find online on option exercise and taxes are related to employee stock options, where you do get taxed on the gain (even if on paper) between the strike price ...
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Can any European-style options be exercised before expiration?

I found a page that says the following about European-style options (in the context of weekly and end-of-month options for S&P 500 futures): European-style options can be exercised only on the ...
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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: I have $20,000 in my brokerage account The price of a call option with $300 strike price is $5.00 (1 ...
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If my ISOs are converted to NSOs, do I still have 90 days to exercise my vested options as ISOs?

Let's say I have a bunch of incentive stock options (ISOs) in a company that have vested but I have not exercised yet. If I were to leave the company, I have 90 days to exercise them with ISO tax ...
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No margin account and put expires ITM

This question is a followup to a recent and similar question on buying a put: When a long PUT expires in-the-money, whose shares are being sold?. Suppose I don't have a margin account, and I buy a ...
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What happens to long otm oex puts if you exercise them?

Since OEX index options are cash settled and are American style, what would happen if you decided to exercise an out of the money put? Would you end up paying the difference between the strike and ...
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Should I exercise my options to buy stock in a company not yet trading publicly?

I used to work for a start up that offered stock options which I haven't been able to afford to exercise until now. I'm very new to stocks so I'm not 100% sure how it works. Currently, I'm able to ...
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Why do people exercise call options at a loss?

I sold some call options for $2.55 premium at strike price of $130. At expiration, the market price was $130.55. I thought the option was not deep in the money and at a loss of $2, hence I didn't ...
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If I have a fixed amount to invest, should I exercise and hold NSOs or ISOs of my company?

I am trying to play some scenarios to compare opportunity costs and hopefully decide on which route, to maximize my gains (after all taxations). I formulated a spreadsheet to help me calculate a few ...
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Who provides the shares for exercising a put option?

I am trying to get into investing and have some questions about options. If I buy a put option (which would be an option to sell stocks as far as I understood), who will provide the stocks to sell if ...
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What happens to an options contract during an all stock acquisition?

Let's say for the sake of the question you're given the following scenario: Company BIG is trading at $10/share Company SML is trading at $40/share BIG reaches an agreement with SML for an all stock ...
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confused about option expiration date

Many websites said option expires on the third Friday of the month, only once per month. However, this is NOT true for the data I saw for Tesla, from Yahoo finance. From https://finance.yahoo.com/...
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Exercise an out of the money option

For listed options in NYSE,CBOE, is it possible for an option holder to exercise an option even if it is not in the money? What about early exercise for OTM American option, is it possible? Under what ...
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Trading with options and turn in profits

Yesterday I read an article about how someone was able to turn $ 200 into $ 113,000 in just one day by buying call options on a particular stock. The article also showed a screenshot which appears to ...
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Can I sell the stocks acquired through call to open option in any quantity and at any time or do I have to sell through (put) options only?

Can I sell the stocks acquired through call to open option in any quantity and at any time or do I have to sell through (put) options only? Also, are stocks purchased through option eligible for ...
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Does exercising an option count as a gain?

I’ve always only sold options that I’ve had in the money. Of course sale of an option is income and will be taxed as such (assuming it’s been held <1 year). Now, for the first time, I’d like to ...
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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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If options gives you the RIGHT but not the OBLIGATION to exercise them, then why are they being forcefully exercised if they expired in the money?

Now, I know what you're thinking. If it's in the money, isn't it good that your broker automatically exercise the options for you on expiration date? Well, yes and no. If you somehow managed to miss ...
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Is american call option exercise taxable event?

Since best to my knowledge the premium paid for the call option has to be added to the strike price to calculate the post exercise stock's cost basis, I assume that the answer is "No, exercise is ...
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What are the risks involved in buying a synthetic long (long call short put) and letting it expire compared to buying the underlying?

As an EU resident, I am not allowed to purchase US-based ETFs. However, I am allowed to trade in options on such ETFs and exercise them. One way of obtaining the stocks I would want to purchase is by ...
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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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Hedging warrants & cashless exercise

For a given SPAC where the strike on the warrants is 11.50 and each warrant translates to 1 common share, if the company opts for cashless exercise and announces it will deliver 0.37 shares for each ...
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When exactly (time) is the 'automatic exercising' of an option triggered?

I understand that - for many brokers - an option that runs out is automatically exercised when it is 'in the money' on the end of its last day. My question is at what exact time is the decision made? (...
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Options Help - Partial allocation of shares?

I'm still learning options trading and got into it recently on Robinhood - but I have a few quick questions. I have 2 contracts for ACB $12.5 Put 9/4. When I go through the steps to exercise it, I ...
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Is this legal: going long on call options and artificially increasing the price of the underlying asset seconds before expiration?

Let's say I bought a particular call option and own the majority of it. On the very last second (before the expiry date, seconds before the market closes), if I bought every single offer in the ...
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What is the Meaning of the Black-Scholes Value?

We are currently learning about the Black-Scholes Merton Model. I understand the process of finding the call option. However, I'm wondering what the answer actually means. For example: Stock Price = ...
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A beginner question on call option

I made my first options transaction. I believe that a stock that is currently trading around 25, will be in the 40s, come August - based on my research (I know the stock well, and I've invested in ...
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How long does it take to exercise an option?

If I have a call option and exercise it today will I be able to receive the shares immediately to sell them?
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Does option “automatic exercise” take commission into consideration?

Automatic exercise is a procedure implemented to protect an option holder where the Option Clearing Corporation (OCC) will automatically exercise an "in the money" option for the holder, ...
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Why are so few options ever actually exercised?

What is the reason that only a minor percentage of options get exercised (17%, I read on the OIC website)? If on expiration, the option is in the money, it will be either automatically exercised, or ...
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How do exercise oracles work in exchange-traded options?

I understand that this is basically an automated way to exercise an option for a customer as close to expiration time as possible, but I'm curious about how the system operates precisely. Does the ...
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Basic Option Trading question

I have a question, let say if I buy put options from the brokerage and sell the put options when the stock price is below my strike price. Now in this scenario, do I straight away earn the profit or ...
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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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If I sell an out of the money put option for 20$, and the stock goes to 5$ below the strike price, how likely is it to Be exercised?

If ACME is at 100 and I sell a 90$ put option for 10$, how likely is it that the option will be exercised if the price is less than the strike price but above (strike - cost)? 85$ For instance? If he ...
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Is it necessary to have 100 x strike price in cash or margin before entering a naked call credit spread?

Context I have no background in Finance but I have many years experience in investing in equities for my personal portfolio so I have a basic understanding I have never traded options I'm keen to ...
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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 trading put options, is your total risk decreased if you are in a position to exercise the option?

I've been trying to work this out for a while: Say I own stock X right now trading at $250. If I were to buy a put option on stock X and I pay $5 for the option to sell at $250, If the stock ends ...
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What are my risks of early assignment?

I have started writing covered puts and calls recently. Everything I read talks about the risk of early assignment of your position, but I don't really understand how often this happens. It seems that ...
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Exercise a put option when shorting is not possible

Sometimes when I want to short a stock, my broker says that no shares are available for borrowing. In this situation, can I buy a put and exercise it immediately and end up with a short position? in ...
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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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Exercising Options question. Please check my math

I'm spending some time learning options and I have a scenario question. I'm attempting to have this make sense in my head but this just doesn't seem right or maybe I'm missing something. I see this ...
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I sold call options that expired ITM. Why were they not exercised?

I sold two covered call positions that expired Aug 9. Both expired ITM. The 1st one's strike price was $3.00. At expiration, the stock was $3.13 so 13 cents ITM (6 contracts). The 2nd one's strike ...
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Exercising options is not instantaneous

As I understand it, exercising an option does not happen immediately. You send in the instructions to exercise and it gets done at market close for that day. What if, in between the moment you send in ...
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How do you go about exercising a put option with less than 100 shares?

I've 50 shares of a company and I'm wanting to leverage that with a put option (Buy to Open, with the expectation share price might drop). When the prices is right and I want to exercise the option(...
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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 ...