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Questions tagged [options]

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Iron Condor Profit Probability

I'm trying to see if I understand Iron Condors correctly and how to assess whether or not the risk is worth it for a given set of circumstances. The maximum profit on an IC is realized when all ...
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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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Is there a relationship between Post Hours Trading Volume spikes and Options?

So, I have watched a short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXRAhoNd-50) of Lawrence McMillan talking about trading options on or near expiration. He discuss that arbitrageurs says that they buy ...
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Good sources for analysis of stocks and options trading [on hold]

I am a beginner investor in the US looking to use some of my savings in the stock market. I personally do not have any financial background so I rely on analysis on popular trading sites like Zacks, ...
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Who do you buy options from, if open interest is zero?

If open interest is 0, who will you buy an option contract from? And how the price is calculated? Also, initially, how the option contract price is determined?
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How to Hedge delta and gamma of a put option simultaneously?

Say you took a short put position of 100 options (as you feel the option is undervalued). This put has a Delta of -0.5, so to make the portfolio delta-neutral you short 50 shares of the underlying ...
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Mortgage Holders as Option Writers

Can someone explain to me how does it benefit the mortgage holder to be a writer of the option call on the long term debt and the put option on real estate prices? Other than the premium be gained I ...
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payoff at expiration of a protective put

Hello the question I was asked was What is the payoff at expiration of a protective put (a portfolio consisting of one share of stock and one put option on that stock with strike price K) if the ...
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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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Futures and premium

A stock will either go up to uS or down to dS next period. The risk-free rate is r. I'm using replicating portfolios to derive the premium on a futures contract with futures price F. What would the ...
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Why certain ETFs are popular( liquid) but Options on very same ETF are not

For example on comparing EEM/VWO , SPY/IVV/VOO etc and I always wonder why some ETFs are popular but options are not. I see a question How to pick ETFs that hedge against stock market crashes? that ...
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Why Options trading is charged on per contract basis

I have been trading options for years, but could not understand why Brokerages charge fee on basis of number of contracts. Per Fidelity : Trade for just $4.95 per online trade, plus $0.65 per ...
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why some brokerage does not allow uncovered (cash secured) put via online order?

In past, I had brokerage accounts with Vanguard and I have option level approved for writing uncovered put( Level 4). I could place covered call orders via the website. But to place uncovered put ( ...
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What do option contracts look like?

Options are said to constitute in essence a legal contract for one party to buy or sell an assets at a set price in a future time. In modern trading, is there also an actual contract in fact, that is ...
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Buy pre ipo'd start up company stock in small amount? [closed]

Is there any investment website/company through which I can buy small amounts of pre-PIOed company stock in a smaller amount? Most require $100K worth of investment. e.g. as an average investor can ...
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Option trading for dummies

If I buy a $200 call option for $22 ($0.22) that expires in 3 weeks, with a current share price of $140, can I sell the option two weeks from now if the share price has reached $180? I'm asking ...
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The math of this Investopedia article

I'm a little confused on how this article comes up with $650 instead of $700. From Investopedia. Consider the following example: XYZ is currently trading at $99.00 You own one XYZ Oct 90 ...
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What Happens to OTM Puts Following a Cash Aquisition?

Say I purchase OTM puts with a $5 strike and the underlying company is acquired through a tender offer that pays $19.00 cash per share. My contracts are accelerated and adjusted to reflect the new ...
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Spitznagel Black Swan Hedging

I am reading about how Spitznagel does hedging from Forbes - Protect your Tail. It's unclear to me how he is getting the returns he is claiming, Spitznagel's hedges mostly involve buying far-out-...
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Crash O Phobia and the reason for higher pricing of out of the money puts

In my stochastic finance course we are currently talking about Implied Volatility and Crash O'Phobia. According to Rubinsteins Crash O'Phobia, put-sellers attach a higher probability to the left tail ...
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Dollar Cost Averaging with At the Money Straddle

I was reading Dollar-cost averaging using an option strategy. Consider one month's investment of $30k. Looking at the VTI options, selling at ATM straddle expiring on June 21 worth $3.04 + $6.91 = $9....
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How to calculate return on capital for calendar year?

For an options portfolio, I'd like to calculate return on capital from Jan to Dec. These are monthly options that are held for a few days to months. There's a couple of problems with trying to ...
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Option Premium paid vs received

I understand what is the premium on an option. In case I acquire an option, the premium is considered as the price I pay to have the "right" to exercise the option. In case I sell an option, the ...
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Computing risk-neutral probability of spot rates

I am trying to use a binomial model to price options wtih bonds as the underlying security.If the current term structure is flat at 6%, but next year, I assume the one-year spot rate will be either 5% ...
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Equity vs Stock options?

I am a co-founder of a startup in the UK, the other co-founder wants to give me options instead of % equity because he believes when I eventually exit I will pay less tax and the company will too and ...
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Are two options ever too similar for taxes?

If I buy an option, wait 3 months, sell it, and then buy it back the next day, "wash sale" rules will apply. But, what happens when these three actions use slightly different options (e.g., strike ...
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Why would anyone ever buy these call options?

I'm starting to learn the ins-and-outs of options. For the time being, I'm only interested in selling call options of index funds. Browsing through the available options in Robinhood for the ETF IVV (...
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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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Probability of success in a Bull Callspread

Suppose I have a bull call spread where I am long on an ATM Call (+ 0.509 delta) and short OTM call (- 0.220 delta). What will be my probability of success in this trade?
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Selling options to myself… which law does this violate?

If I sell a covered call from my IRA well above market value and use a separate account to buy the call, I've effectively added money to my IRA beyond the IRA's annual limit. (I can ensure I'm buying ...
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Why would an option's price not change with the underlying?

I saw a stock increase about 1.5% this week, but its June 2019 in the money option price didn't move. 'Last' has been the same for awhile, but I thought bid/ask (what my broker uses to decide the ...
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Difference between deltas of American vs European Call options

Is there a difference in the value of Delta of American and European options with the same underlying asset price, strike price, time to maturity? Also, is there any way to determine the price of an ...
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Is there a minimum age requirement for trading options?

On interactive brokers I was filling out an application to open a cash account, but I did not see the option to choose options as a product I can trade. Is there a minimum age requirement or is it due ...
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Online Investing and Trading Cryptocurrencies, Equities and Options in U.S. Markets [closed]

Would you be so kind and tell me which brokerage services might have fastest website and features (e.g., "limit orders", "stop limit orders", etc.) for trading cryptocurrencies (e.g., from BTC to DOGE)...
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Starting with options trading

I am a regular trader with stocks but I am a complete beginner with options. I am referring to a few online resources like here and here However, I have a few questions. Say I call a stock at $50 ...
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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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What happened to my GE option?

I had contracts of GE1210115C17 that I went to check on this morning. The option is gone with the following entries in my bank activity log: 02/26/2019 XXXXXXXJJ DISTRIBUTION - Details (Opens Pop-...
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Stock and Class Question

The current price of an American call option with exercise price is $130 written on X company is $2.40. The call option expires on March 19,2019. the current price of the stock of X company is $126.69....
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Does AMT for incentive stock option exercise affect cost basis? [duplicate]

Suppose I exercise some options from an ISO grant and doing so triggers AMT. Does the fact that I paid taxes on the bargain element of the option affect the cost basis of the stock or is the basis ...
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Options being exercised

I know that shorting a call option that ends up in-the-money makes you obligated to buy 100 stock shares for the buyer and that the brokerage firm does it automatically for you. My question is, will ...
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Wash Sales - Applied to Options

Does anyone know how to account for wash sale that attached based on purchasing options where the last transaction was the purchase of an option that expired worthless? The issue is that there is no ...
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Why are options that cannot be traded in cents still show a last trade as non-five-cent increments?

I read Why do some options trade in 5 cent increments? but despite that I see some options I cannot trade in pennies ( not broker specific), but I routinely see same option being traded by others in ...
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What's the difference between a variance swap and a long straddle option trade?

A long straddle is when one is anticipating a swing in stock price, but you’re not sure which direction it will go. And a variance swap is a financial derivative used to hedge or speculate on the ...
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Why not sell a call option with strike price below stock price?

Learning a bit about options. Can anyone explain to me why this is a bad idea or wouldn't work? Assuming example stock XYX with current price of $5.10, with calls selling for $.50 at a strike price ...
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Sold a call option and it expired out of the money and I was in debt?

this is just eating my brain away, I couldn't find the solution on my own so I'm here to see if anyone could help me. Today was the last trading day of options on VIX, I sold 5 Call options at 0.05 ...
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Would you rather long 2 call options ATM or long one ITM and one OTM?

Theoretical question but which one is the best mathematically? 1) Buy one ITM call option with strike (price-5) and one OTM call option with strike (price+5) 2) Buy two ATM call option Which one is ...
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Why are option contracts dated for Friday expiration instead of Saturday expiration?

Don't they technically expire on Saturday even though the options market closes on Fridays? I feel like the way it stands, this can screw with people with after-hours trading on the underlying. Or ...
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“Break even” price on call options is lower than current stock price?

I am using the Robinhood app and see call options with breakeven prices below the current stock price. Is there a reason why you wouldn't just buy this option and then sell it off immediately ...
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Arbitrage strategy for a given put option price

Binomial Option pricing model question In the following question, S0 = stock price at time t = 0, u = up factor, d = down factor. r = risk free interest rate. Stock price at time t = 1 is either S0*...
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What happens to long otm oex puts if you exercise them?

Since OEX index options are cash settled and are American style, what would happen if you decided to exercise an out of the money put? Would you end up paying the difference between the strike and ...