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Trying to get my head around how options work

A stock X is trading at $215. I bought a put at a strike price $195 for $2.55 premium(paid $255) expiring June 7. Today the stock is down by $15 to $200. However, the price of my put is reduced from $...
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How to buy a contract for S&P 500 index?

I am researching writing covered calls on S&P500 index. So in order to sell covered call I need to buy a contract for S&P500 index. I've never traded indexes. What exactly I will be buying (...
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Delta of a Vertical Spread | Slower than delta of long option?

People often prefer to trade options spreads rather than buying options, since those reduce your cost and have a defined profit and loss but what is the probability of success of a spread? For example ...
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basis adjustment on wash sale on underlying or option

Transaction1: I bought 200 QQQ ( ETF) at about $160 in Jan 2019, paying out about $32k Transaction2: I sold two calls on QQQ ( QQQ190628C00170000 ) for expiring on June 28, 2019 for a strike price ...
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can closing covered call and opening a new coverd call trigger wash sale

In Jan 2019, I bought 200 QQQ (ETF) at about $160 and also wrote two covered calls for June 2019 at 170 (higher than the last day price) netting a small premium. Now QQQ is at about 185 so it will be ...
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What fundamental value do Options give the economy?

I had been wondering lately what the economic value that financial Options (Calls, Puts, American, Bermudan, etc) give to the economy is. In essence, what good do they give us, vs. simply trading the ...
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Put Option Payoff Replication (Dynamic Hedging)

We know that we can use the below equation in the link to replicate the payoff of a call option using stocks and bonds. I am wondering what the equation would look like for a put option instead. In ...
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can't find suitable prices for zero cost collar

I was reading about the zero cost option collar strategy and was puzzled by the idea that one can find an at-the-money put option for the same price as an out-of-the-money call. I've looked at the ...
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Expected stock price move using IV

From this post https://www.projectoption.com/expected-move-explained/, he uses the following formula to calculate a 1 SD move in the stock: How do you know which stock option to use for this? For ...
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Are there any mutual funds tracking equity index put option writing?

Put option writing on equity indices (like the S&P 500) can be a strategy to pick up some small premiums in a rising market while buying some slightly discounted positions in the index during ...
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Are collars really downside protection?

I see collars often mentioned as downside protection for a stock you own. My question is: How? Let's say you bought at stock at 45 and it is now 50. You can collar the 45 cost basis (one strike above ...
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Approach to roll down a Covered Call

If I sell a covered call and the stock declines some time before expiry, what would be a strategic approach to roll down the call to protect the downside, or are there any other approach to do it? Do ...
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Deep in the money Covered Calls with high premiums

Take a look at following option chain, it's for some company in Indian markets, I intend to do a covered call on the stock but I would want a little extra downside protection at the cost of little ...
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Long term option sell short term options against it

Company A is currently trading at $100. I bought 10 calls at a $110 strike price which expire in six months. What would be the best strategy (risk to reward) to buy or sell monthly options against ...
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Why are my funds locked up in my trading account while using bear put strategy?

Today I used a bear put strategy and I was surprised to see that some funds in my trading account were locked up as margin used. It is well known that the potential loss in bear put strategy is ...
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Risk of selling stock cash secured puts and covered calls

I'm trying to determine what the potential downside is for selling call and put options, aside from the obvious loss of money if the stock moves past the strike price of the call or put sold. Right ...
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What hedging strategy can I use to approximate selling one half of an in-the-money option contract?

Apologies if the question title is confusing; I'll explain: I have one contract of an expensive call option which is in-the-money and expires next year. It has roughly tripled since I bought it, and ...
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How was the media able to identify that certain VIX put and calls were made by the same entity?

From the article below, how can someone be certain all these trades were performed by the same entity? To fund it, the investor sold approximately 260,000 VIX puts expiring in January with a ...
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does naked call option assignment result in stock borrowing fees?

If I write a naked call option which gets exercised early, will I have a chance to purchase the stock to cover the call or will I already owe a stock borrow fee by the time I am notified of the ...
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Trading a Bull Put Spread when broker does not offer multi-leg orders possible?

Lets assume I would like to trade a Bull Put Spread on a stock from which I think it will go up moderately. I therefor buy 1 OTM put & sell 1 ITM put option, both having the same expiration time....
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How can you calculate the POP (Probability of Profit in options strategy)

I'm making a spreadsheet to compare several option strategies. Is there a way I calculate the POP (probability of profit) or the Delta. A rough estimation will do for me.
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Bull call spread

My textbook says the following for a bull call spread. "In the bull call spread, you sell a call with a lower strike price and buy a a call with a higher strike price. The call spread is a credit ...
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Why this strategy with options and zero risk is not possible?

I'm learning options and I've seen strategies with graphs like these: Why is not possible to combine a Butterfly with Straddle to get something like this (green is final result): I'm very new ...
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Hedging a portfolio using Bull Call Spreads

I'm having some difficulty understanding how one would hedge a portfolio using bull call spreads as outlined in the following paragraph ( Today is also a good day to revisit my suggestion for a ...
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Ratio Write and Income Taxes

Imagine that an investor owns 500 shares of the XYZ stock with a current value of 50 and a cost basis of 30. He then sells 5 call contracts with a strike of 65 for 2 dollars. Latter he buys back the ...
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Options: Trying to close a naked call position after the underlying drops in value

I'm having some difficulty understanding how this sort of a trade example would play out. Some input would be very much appreciated! Let's say $FB is trading at $184 today. I write OTM naked ...
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Inverted strangle

I am researching inverted strangles and feel like I’m missing something. Suppose I buy 100 shares of XYZ @ $50. I then sell one deep ITM call at $45 for $6, resulting in a $1 profit. At the same ...
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Writing OTM puts and calls with strike prices beyond reasonable

I have a flaw in my logic that I am hoping someone could help catch since I am certain it's flawed. Suppose AAPL is trading at $200 (it's $179 but i want to round it off for simplicity) right now. I ...
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Stock options: payoff diagrams assume European style exercising

Most literature on stock option strategies expresses payoff outcomes in terms of European options -- namely, ones that can only be exercised on the expiration date. See this Iron Condor payoff ...
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Naked calls and buying the stock later

I've been thinking about naked call lately. Let's say I sell an OTM naked call with a strike of 10. The stock trades at 9.5. The risk is that if the stock shoots past 10, when I am called I have to ...
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Options “Collar” strategy vs regular Profit/Loss stops

I just found out about the option "collar" strategy which is implemented with a long put and a short call. My understanding is that a collar limits the profit as well as the loss on the underlying ...
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Why doesn't someone choose the lowest Strike Price when choosing an CALL option?

When choosing a call option, there are usually a number of strike prices that are in-the-money. My understanding is if a buyer chooses the lowest strike price, he will pay a higher premium but the ...
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Why would someone want to sell call options?

I'm having trouble understanding why someone would want to sell call options. For example, if the writer of a call option owned the shares and they expected the share price to fall, why wouldn't they ...
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Selling an Iron Condor vs Selling the Put and Call as individual pieces

Is there any advantage to selling an Iron Condor over selling the Call and Put Vertical Spreads that make up the Iron Condor. In TOS I can not figure out how to adjust one side of the Iron Condor ...
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Closing out a Short Guts position where the put side has 0 volume and 0 OI

This spread may not even be available after the holiday is over, but here's my question: I found a high paying high probability guts trade. If you don't know, a short guts is selling an ITM put and ...
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What does a high theta mean for an option position?

I have a Call Spread for a position in TSLA that has a theta of 15.67 with 43 days left till expiration. I can see that it's comprised of a 64.71 and a -49.04 theta. How can I best understand what it ...
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What is a call spread and how does it work?

First let me apologize in advance, I am an amateur in this world at best, and my terminology is a little weak. However this phrase "buy/sell a call spread" seemed pretty light on description every ...
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Break Even On Options Contracts

Given a calendar options contract (sold 1 month out, bought 2 months out same strike price) and someone says to look to adjust/close out the position at the break even points. Do they mean break even ...
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How to interpret these explanatory graphs (about option strategies)?

I was reading about different option strategies at TradeKing and although I think I understand how these strategies work, I don't see how they are explained by the accompanied graphs. So just to take ...
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Is there a regulatory reason that only AEX has daily options

There is a lot of press over the years about the success of daily options contracts and expirations on the AEX-index. AEX is Amsterdam's stock index, an economic indicator for the Netherlands share ...
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What happens when a calendar spread is assigned in a non-margin account?

A well-known option investment strategy is the so-called "calendar spread", which involves buying and selling options on the same stock with different expiration dates. If the strike prices are also ...
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optimal OTM option

Lets say ABC is at 200. If I expect that ABC will be 180 by December, and I can only purchase 1 put option, what would be the most OPTIMAL put option to purchase? This is a question I've had - im ...
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Value of a call option spread

In this example: An options trader believes that XYZ stock trading at $42 is going to rally soon and enters a bull call spread by buying a JUL 40 call for $300 and writing a JUL 45 call for $...
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Why naked call writing is risky compare to Covered call?

I know that with a covered call you own the underlying and sell a call and with a naked call you don't own the underlying. Either way, if the underlying finishes in-the-money, you are assigned and ...
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Using options to profit from underlying stock and warrants

I'm a suffering shareholder and have underlying stock and warrants (3 years remaining) and want to know how to profit from them using a option or hedge strategy. The current stock price is 30% below ...
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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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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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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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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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Trading intraday fluctuation vs. volatility-based option

Recently a question was asked about actively trading stocks based on small fluctuations in price. It seems like if you wanted to do the strategy described here, you might as well buy an option like a ...