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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 ...
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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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Buying and Selling options for the same stock multiple times in a day?

Is it normal that traders buy and sell options of the same stock on the same day multiple times? For example, in an event of a positive earnings release, the CALL options were bought and then sold it ...
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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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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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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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Selling covered calls does not make sense

I have one bitcoin and was thinking about selling call while owning the asset. However after some pondering I came to the conclusion that if price drops then the strategy can only be performed one ...
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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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Bear call credit spread and overall position value

example https://www.optionseducation.org/strategies/all-strategies/bear-call-spread-credit-call-spread While both legs are open, wont you see the position as a whole decline as the stock declines ...
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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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Option Spread Max Loss Think Or Swim

I used to trade options on think or swim, the trade analyzer used to default to showing you 'Max Loss' on a particular spread, and it does not show this anymore. Does anyone know how to reenable it, ...
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What option exit strategies and history can be used if I want to take the profit before the expiration?

I created a P/L graph for 2 CALL OPTION contracts XYZ Jan 15 2021 120 Call. I want to take some profit before the expiration of January 15, 2021. What technical data that I can use to figure out a ...
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Selling deep-in-the-money puts

I bought 1000 shares of xyz stock for $2.70 ($2,700) and it started dropping value soon after to $2.50. I can sell deep-in-the-money puts ($7.00 strike) currently for $4.20 per option. Meaning I would ...
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Risk involved in buying LEAP put and selling short term puts against it?

Let's say company A is currently trading at 100. I bought to open 10 puts for company A at 100 strike price in Jan 2015. What risk am I exposed to by selling shorter term weekly puts (strike < ...
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Strangle Vs Long Call LEAPS for a scenario

The stock price of a stock is now $70. The trader is speculating that the stock price can go to $120, but then there will be pull back to $50. It can happen in the next one year. Is it a good ...
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Choosing an Option Expiration Date

Consider a company going to be profitable in an year and its stock price will go up. In an year it will make a small leap but not a whole a lot. Is it a good strategy to buy its options right now that ...
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Option implied volatility and 95% losing trades?

I trade options. Whenever I buy puts or calls, I end up breaking even or losing, sometimes losing a HUGE amount of money even though price has gone my direction and time decay (theta) has been ...
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How many naked option contracts can I write if I want to use maximum margin

Let us say I want to write a naked option on SPX in my interactive brokers margin account. If this is the only position I wish to hold in my account, and I want to use maximum margin, then what is the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Are there option strategies that exploit mergers and acquisitions events?

Are there any option strategies that can profit from mergers, acquisitions and buyouts? I don't mean insider trading. I mean after the news is out but the deal has not taken place yet, are there any ...
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Is a naked put really that risky

The word 'naked' in relation to options is synonymous with unlimited risk. But 'naked' puts are limited risk, the risk is limited to the strike price. So , why is it classified in the same category by ...
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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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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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Shorting versus selling to hedge risk

If you own 10K shares of stock XXX and you want to hedge your investment, isn't shorting some of your XXX identical to simply selling some of your XXX? Doesn't either approach reduce your risk in the ...
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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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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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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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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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Does dividends lead to early assignment of put option, or just call option

Is it correct to say that I risk early assignment only when I am short calls, not short puts? Because the option owner will want to buy stock to capture the dividend, he can only buy it by exercising ...
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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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What happens if futures contract seller defaults?

I'm considering buying a put future to hedge against interest rate increase. I know there is a certain level of protection from default as required by the contract, but I assume the risk is not zero. ...
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When does selling (writing) options count for tax purposes?

Let's say I sell an option (say a naked put) that expires in January. If I wait until January to let it expire, does that mean the profits will count towards next year's taxes? Or since I actually ...
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Do I have to pay MLP distribution if short via option?

If I sell a naked put on VLP, do I have to pay the partnership distribution if I'm holding the option when the distribution is declared?
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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 ...