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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What happens to the put option (longer expiration) of a collar if the call gets assigned?

Assuming a collar strategy where I buy the underlying stock with a short call and long put option on it. Would the call be assigned away like a covered call, leaving the put option viable or would the ...
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Can closing a covered call and opening a new covered call trigger a 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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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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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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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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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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What is the effect of a short stock position on the value of an option?

I'm reading the book "Option Volatility and Pricing" by Natenberg and there is a paragraph I'm having trouble understanding. Chapter 7 (Risk Measurement 1), Page 98, Paragraph 2: The value of a ...
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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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Is an iron condor always preferable to doing a simple credit spread

What is the advantage of using a regular credit spread (bull put or bear call spread) over an iron condor? The minimum profit for an iron condor will be at least the same as a simple credit spread (...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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How to compute IVx (Implied volatility for a specific expiration) and the expected move with options?

By searching online, I have found three methods to compute the expected move of a stock based on option prices and implied volatilities: Method 1: Extract the price of a Straddle ATM of the front ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are option contracts subject to mark to market rules

When I buy or sell an option contract, am I subject to futures style mark to market rules...i.e if the position moves against me, will the broker issue a margin call to put up additional collateral, ...
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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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How liquid is options market?

My strategy involves making profits from an increase in implied volatility on long straddles/strangles. Enemy: Time decay I am aware that the time decay accelerates. I read that for a 9 month ...
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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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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 ...