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What does adding/removing stocks from optionable to non optionable and weekly to only regular, depend on?

Does a company require that its stock offer options as well as optionable/weekly or not optionable/regular? Or is it the OCC that controls this (depending on option trading volume?). How often does ...
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When I buy a option spread with different calendar dates, should I close every leg manualy?

When I buy a option spread with different calendar dates (september, 10-17-24, october, 1), should I close every leg manualy or they will be closed automatically even if they expired ITM ?
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What are the different methods to manage a Call/Put Butterfly

I'm learning options and understand that there are different method to manage trades that go wrong. In case of the Call/Put butterfly whenever the price goes above upper breakeven or goes below lower ...
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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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Significance of the word iron in option strategies

Why is the word iron used in some of the option strategies, like iron butterfly or iron condor ?
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Managing Long Straddle

Am a beginner in option trading. Recently started learning option strategies. The long straddle looked particularly appealing. However to make a profit the underlying needs to move, lets say around 2%....
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How do "Crabs" make money exactly? [duplicate]

So again i'm used to Crypto Currencies, and since im stupid i learn most things from threads from /biz/ (fortunately i still take decisions based on myself), i've seen plenty on lingo like a bull ...
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Are future options per 100 unit?

In futures (for commodities, indices, fx...); Is 1 option for 100 future contracts ? For example: If I want to make a covered call option for Gold and for micro Dow jones future, How much should I buy ...
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Option Strategy - Put Sell goes wrong [closed]

I'm bit new on Option Trading and want to ask your opinion/strategy on certain situation. Say, the stock price is $110 and I sold a Put at a strike price $95 and expiry after 60days. After 3 or 4 days,...
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Iron condor - can the described scenario happen?

Options beginner here. Cannot wrap my head around this. Say I’m trading a long iron condor and the call spread ends up in the money on expiration. Now I can exercise the long call. So should I wait ...
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How do I find the probability of a sold put being assigned?

I read where if you sell a put you should make sure that the probability of being put the stock is no more than 30%. This is assuming of course that you don't really want to own the stock. How do I ...
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Options trading: buy/sell to open/close terminology

I want to buy put options as I believe the price of the underlying asset is going down. In the linked video here at around 1:10 there is a bit saying that for short positions, you 'sell to open' to ...
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For an individual brokerage account user, what is the cheapest way to take a short position in a stock?

As far as I know, if I want to sell short, say, $100 worth of stock I need to post $150 in cash collateral and pay some fees each day. Another way is to buy a put option. In that case, I need to pay ...
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Closing Shorted Positions via Short Ladder Attacks

From my understanding in a short ladder attack investors bid lower and lower prices to drive down the stock value. I assume in many cases this will scare retail investors into selling further ...
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Why roll a credit spread out and keep the same strike price?

I’m confused: Why would you ever buy the same strike price when rolling out a bull put spread if the price has moved against you? If the price ever falls below the price you sold the put for, you can ...
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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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Should the change in price of a synthetic (long call + short put) ever be different from the change in price of the underlying?

On my paper brokerage account, I can see that this appears to not hold true ... Daily P&L Financial Instrument Position Last Market Value Prior Close Change (Last - Prior Close) 310 ...
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Transfer money out of IRA using stock options?

Is there a stock option strategy that allows one to transfer money out of an IRA brokerage account into a non-IRA brokerage account without incurring penalty?
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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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Implied Volatility, % Change in the Option Chain

The following is the Options Chain of CRM (Salesforce) for March 19, 2021. A few questions from the chart: What does the % Change mean in this chart? What does the Volume mean? At the $300 strike, I ...
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How are put and call options reported wrt taxes?

My broker tells me that option transactions are reported for tax purposes as two independent transactions. That is, the net profit or loss is not reported. Instead, the receipts from the sale of the ...
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Is short term capital loss worth more than long term capital loss?

Let's say someone has already realized a lot in short term and long term capital gains for a given year. And the same person has also unrealized short term capital loss that will turn into unrealized ...
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What's to stop me from selling Iron Condors one day before expiration?

AAPL is currently trading at ~115. I can construct the following Iron Condor that expires tomorrow. It has close to a 1:1 R/R ratio: BUY APPL 121 CALL SELL AAPL 120 CALL SELL AAPL 110 PUT BUY AAPL ...
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What Strategy are these option writers following?

This is the option chain from NIFTY Index about a month from expiry. Apart from speculation what strategy could these option writers be following by writing in the money calls at 10000 or puts at ...
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Is it important to understand option pricing models before trading options?

Options seem to be one of the most complex financial instruments generally available to retail investors. The common advice given to beginners (at least on this site) is that beginners "must ...
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Options strategy that profits from outperformance (or underperformance) relative to a stock index

If I expect a stock to go down, I could buy put options. Conversely, if I expect a stock to go up, I could buy call options. If I expect a stock to underperform the market (but not necessarily go down)...
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How do I bet that a stock price will not move?

If I believe a stock will go up, I buy the stock. If I believe a stock will go down, I short the stock. If I believe a stock will neither go up nor down, what do I do? How do I profit from a non-...
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How do I replicate a shorted stock and protective call option using options only?

Suppose a stock is currently at $100. I construct the following portfolio: Short-sell 100 shares at $100 Long a call option — strike price: $105 (protective call) The protective call option serves ...
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Prices increases leading to call debit spread loss

I recently entered a debit call spread on Apple and I noticed the price of the sold option appreciated at a faster rate than the bought option resulting in a loss even though the stock moved in my ...
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Does increasing value of a still-out-of-the-money option that you wrote (covered) pose a risk to you?

I am a US citizen living in the US. I want to write covered call options to receive premiums. If implied volatility increases and/or the price of the underlying rises, an out-of-the-money call can ...
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Put option lost value when stock price dropped?

I had purchased 3 puts of MNOV yesterday with a strike price of 7.50 when the stock was worth around $11 and it raised as high as $13+ The stock price had dropped as low as $7.15 and is currently ...
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Call Debit Spread Pricing

I bought an AAPL debit spread today with expiration on 8/7. Here the details: Exp. 8/7 Sold AAPL $365 Call for $32.85 Bought AAPL $360 Call for $36.40 Max Profit = [(365 - 360) * 100] - 400 = $...
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In what ratio should I buy options to preserve the diversification effect of the underlying stock portfolio?

I want to invest in a certain stock portfolio using long down-and-out barrier options. But I am not sure in what ratio to buy the barrier options to retain the same exposure to the volatility of the ...
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Confusing loss on closing options spread

Today I closed a spread on $TSLA, specifically a 3x bull call expiring Aug 7th, 2020. The spread was composed of 2 legs as : Buy 1330 call Sell 1360 call My P&L on the trade before closing looked ...
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What to do with a call I sold

I own 300 shares of NCLH, I sold a call last Monday with strike price of $16 when the stock was at $15.8 for a premium of $115 (for the 3 calls). The Call expires tomorrow and I don't know what I have ...
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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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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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What happens to my Long Put (Bought Puts) when company file chapter 11

What happens to my long put that i buy for Dec 2020 if the company files for chapter 11 in Nov 2020 or before option expiration. Would I be able to sell those long puts to get maximum reward for ...
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If after buying puts, you're uncertain if the price will drop in time, should you straddle by buying call options?

My grandparents surmised that SPY would drop to 200 because of COVID-19, and bought on Mar 1 2020 2 (they've sold the rest) SPY Put Options at $230 strike expiring on: May 15 2020. June 19 2020. Now ...
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negative delta for bull put spread

I am working on bull put spread. Currently the spot is way below both the strike prices. So one strike is deep in the money and other is in the money. Net position delta retrieved from Bloomberg for ...
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Is Robinhood good enough for successfully day-trading relatively large positions ($20k~30k)

After I deposited all my money in robinhood to start day trading options, I was told that robinhood execution speed might not be good enough for successful day trading. My plan was to profit off the ...
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How could I calculate the probability of getting wiped out?

Last year I ran a mildly stupid/naive options strategy. It involved picking 10-15 random companies, and then setting up put credit spreads on each one, expiring 1-2 weeks out. I prioritized high ...
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Interactive Brokers Performance Profile P&L Graph

I'm trying to decipher the following view from a trade I've made on IB. I think I'm missing something important with respect to how trading this option works. Trade P&L. I understand that the ...
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How to think about correlation between multiple outstanding options trades

I'm just getting into trading options. I think it would be sensible to ensure that my multiple outstanding trades at any given time are not correlated so that if I lose on one, I am not more likely to ...
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Hidden risks of "limited risk" option strategies

Some option strategies such as bear put spread are inherently "loss-limited", meaning that you know in advance your maximum loss. As an example, if I buy 10 put options for $100 and sell 10 put ...
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Calculations Check on $SPY Strangle

I'm researching options strategies and I started paper trading a $SPY options. Here's my strategy: Set up a strangle 5% above and below the market price expiring a month from the day of trade. 12 ...
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Short put above strike price

Today I noticed put options on a number of stocks with an ask price greater than the strike price. One example was USAC Sept-2020 @ $2.50 with an ask price of $4.80 around 2PM EDT. Is their any ...
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Bear call spread break even

So I opened my first position last week, a small min risk one to try and see what I don't understand, and it's took a while to improve but things look ok now: https://imgur.com/a/9NKDVVr For ...
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When is the best time to apply Straddle stock option strategy?

I have read that option traders use the straddle option strategy before the earning call approaching for a company. How many days close to the earnings call, the traders will buy the options? Is it ...
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Closing out an in-the-money equity option spreadtrade

I put on a debit weekly diagonal ITM put spread trade on stock A selling at $45 : I Buy back week put strike 55 sell front week put strike 50. I am assigned overnight and have to purchase 100 shares ...