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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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If I exercise underwater ISOs, can I claim a loss?

From what I understand, if I exercise in-the-money ISOs, I'll be taxed on the supposed gains, even if the stock isn't tradeable (because, for example, it's stock in a privately-held company). Does ...
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How to determine option exercise limits?

I recently bumped up against the exercise limit for number of option contracts I could hold at once. I.e. a message saying I couldn't hold more than 500 when attempting to do a Buy to Open on Call ...
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question about early exercise of a NQSO

Hypothetical scenario: 10k option grant size the grant price (and FMV/409a valuation at grant time) is $1.00 assume $2.00 FMV at time of exercise/purchase If these options are early exercised (and ...
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Negative Balance from Automatic Options Exercise. What to do?

I have an account with ShareBuilder and recently purchased some call options, which ended up deep ITM (in the money). I attempted to close the options too close to when the market was about to close (...
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Is it best to exercise options shares when they vest, or wait

For my situation, is it better for me to exercise all my option shares whenever they vest (are exercisable), or is there any advantage to waiting? What are the pros and cons? What is the tax aspect, ...
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Exercise ISO or NSO in solo 401k?

I have a solo 401k. My employer does not offer one. What is the correct way to exercise employee stock options with capital from the 401k to make the resulting stock an asset of the 401k? Ideally ...
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Options and exercise

Why do people exercise call options early? If the price of the stock rises above the exercise price, the profit from selling the option would be greater than the profit from exercising the option and ...
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Exercise a stock option in a US-based company as a non US tax resident

I'm given 1000 stock options (all vested) at $100 strike price per option. Current stock valuation is $1000 per share. As I understand, if I exercise I'll pay $100K out of my pocket and I'll also get ...
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Is there a reason to exercise a stock option as soon as it vests?

Background: I am currently employed by a start-up that, so far, is doing really well. As part of my contract, I have stock options that will come available on a typical vesting schedule. A quarter of ...
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Exercising an out of the money option

Let's say I sell a call option and before expiration date, it is out of the money. The buyer would not exercise it normally. I am just curious as to what would happen to my account if he does decide ...
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How to exercise options when you they're worth more money than you have? [duplicate]

This is a hypothetical situation, I'm not actually in this position. I'm also an amateur with this, so correct me if I make any mistakes. Let's say a stock is $100. You buy $4,000 worth of $0.50 call ...
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Reason for "qualified" buyer requirements to exercise stock options/rights spun off from parent company?

Recently a company in which I own a few shares issued a bunch of options for a portion of their business which was not previously traded publicly. This subsidiary business will begin trading publicly ...
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What's the point of abandoning an in-the-money option? (i.e., not exercising it)

What's the point of abandoning an in-the-money option? (i.e., not exercising it) (Related: Exercise an out of the money option)
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Any advantage to exercising ISO's in company that is not yet public?

I have ISO's in a private company and am trying to decide whether there is any advantage in exercising them. The price is low enough and my confidence in the company is high enough that I am ...
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Can I exercise my put if a company goes bankrupt?

If I purchase a stock and a protective put, and the company goes bankrupt, can I still sell my stock at the strike price of the put?
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Exercising stock options in a private company when the strike price is higher than current FMV

An employee leaving our Private Subsidiary wants to exercise his stock options, despite his strike price being higher than the current valuation ($1.00 vs $0.84). Was wondering what the tax ...
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Covered calls: How to handle this trade?

I bought XNPT (Xenoport) a couple of weeks ago at 6.93 I turned right around and sold the Apr 16 call. $8.00 strike and collected 1.50 in premium. Today I get a great surprise that XNPT has rocketed ...
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If an in-the-money put option is not exercised by 4 p.m. ET on the expiration date, does it become worthless?

If an in-the-money put option is not exercised by 4 p.m. ET on the expiration date, can the shares be assigned to the seller of the put option, or does it expire worthless?
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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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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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When does it make sense to early exercise a deep in the money put option

I understand the logic for call options. When dividends exceed the time value left, then it is profitable to early exercise a call. But the same does not hold for a put. So, when to early exercise a ...
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Do I just let an options conversion/reversal trade go to expiration?

Let us say I lock in a small riskless profit using a conversion. Which means (as an example), I sell a call, buy a put and buy stock, and net a credit of .20. What do I do next? Do I just let the ...
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Exercising Options before expiry?

If XYZ is priced at $100,and I buy a January 2017 $100 CALL, and the price reaches $130 only after a month of buying this option, will exercising this option immediately return a profit? Let's say ...
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Option exercise timing / OCC operating principles (premarket)

Let's assume the following scenario: American style long call option contract heavily in the money (CBOE) Couple of days to expiration Very high risk that underlying asset will fall sharply when ...
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Confusion about options: can one exercise at any time?

I am at the beginning of learning about options. I am reading a book on the subject. I am in a chapter about selling covered calls. The book says: Defensive covered call writers may prefer the ...
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Stock options and cash settlement

Lets assume I buy one long call option on AAPL and as the expiry day gets closer the option is in the money. If I decide to exercise that option will there be a cash settlement or a delivery of the ...
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Do I need to close out an in-the-money short straddle?

If I am short both a call and a put with the same strike on the same security, what happens if I let this position expire in-the-money? How much, if any, cash would I need to have liquid at ...
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Can you keep exercised EMI options after leaving a company?

I'm fairly unknowledgeable regarding financial matters, so any help would be greatly appreciated. I have been granted EMI options with my current employer, half of which have vested. The company is ...
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Why exercise ISO/QSO early?

What advantage would there be to exercising incentive stock options early? I understand that for lowest US income taxes, you have to wait 2 years after excising to sell. But two years now vs. two ...
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What are the tax consequences of ISO exercising with an 83B election after the stocks FMV has gone up?

I came across a lot of posts that talk about 83B and ISO vesting but still could not answer questions specific to my situation. I am trying to understand tax implications with exercising in the ...
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Do we always get back AMT money for stock options?

I'm thinking of early exercising my stock options. One of the reasons is that I won't have to pay alternative minimum tax (AMT) now (strike price is equal to fair market value). But from what I ...
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What is the correct way to report incentive stock options (ISO) on federal taxes?

In 2011, I exercised incentive stock options and received a 3921 Form (I did not receive a 1099-B). However, judging by my W2, it looks like my exercised stock option income was included in Box 1 of ...
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Unwinding unvested shares bought at different prices when departing a company in California

My company repriced their options and the price dropped. Let's say the price went from $5 to $2 (not actual numbers). I'd early-exercised 75% of my grant at $5 and (later) exercised the remaining ...
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Perform exercise-and-hold AND exercise-and-sell-to-cover?

Suppose I was granted 100,000 shares of ISO stock in a startup in the US with a strike price of $1/share and current valuate of $1.25/share. These shares are 100% vested when I leave the company and I ...
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Transfer of stock of non-public company after vesting

Suppose an employee of a non-public company has "some" stock options. Can that person, after vesting, generally transfer the ownership of some of those (exercised) shares to another party? I want to ...
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Buying stock options in private company

I have been working at a start-up company for the past 4.5 years in the US. The company is still private. It is not going to go public. The owners are looking to sell once they get a good offer. I don'...
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Should I early exercise unvested ISOs when the FMV is above the strike price?

I have unvested ISOs from a job I started this year, and recent revisions to our policies have given employees the ability to early-exercise their options. However, it's been several months since my ...
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When can we exercice an option?

Can we only exercice an option when it expire ? For exemple I have an Adobe option with a strike price of 87.50$ and expiring on 2016-01-15. Adobe stock have already raised above my strike price. ...
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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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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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How to calculate and claim AMT credit

Suppose I am in California, and I want to try to roughly calculate the AMT i would owe as well as how much i can get back each year for ISO that i plan to hold for many years. Am i doing this right? ...
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If early exercise is a bad idea, why American option is more expensive than European [duplicate]

American options are more expensive than European options because they give the buyer the right to early exercise. But in a low interest environment, early exercise is a bad idea, for most retail ...
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Confused about employee stock options: How do I afford these?

I'm confused about stock options. The numbers in the following story are fictional because I'm keeping the actual offer confidential. This is an American private company with a promising future: ...
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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 to consider before buying (exercising) a family member's private company employee stock options, about to expire?

My brother-in-law is leaving a private tech company. He has $100,000 in stock options (fully vested) which he must either purchase, or abandon completely upon his exit. This is not a startup — ...
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What is an exercise price in regards to restricted stock awards?

What does an 'exercise price' refer to in regards to a restricted stock award? I was under the impression that the exercise price was how much a stock can be bought for, but it doesn't seem to make ...
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Can you write a put option without sufficient funds to meet the potential obligation?

When writing a put option does your account have to be funded so that if the buyer exercises the right to sell you can meet your obligation, or can you write the put option without the funds to meet ...
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If my put option reaches expiration on etrade and I don't log in to the site will it automatically exercise if it's in the money or be a total loss?

I ask because suppose you don't manually exercise and expiration day hits and it's in the money..do you lose it all or is the in the money gain automatically credited to your account?
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What are the tax implications of exercising options early?

Say you have the following situation: You have pre-IPO stock options Half of the options have vested, the other half will vest over the next 2 years Your strike price is S The fair market value of ...

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