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Questions tagged [options]

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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 ...
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What kind of stock option (European, American, exotic) is more popular? [closed]

I would like to know whether investors tend to prefer European, American, or exotic (aggregation of several options) stock options, either put or call. I also would like to get an idea of the relative ...
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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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A lot of bids and asks, but no volume

I'm looking at an option and it has a lot of bids and asks, but zero volume. Does this mean that the market can't decided on the price of the premium because the stock itself is moving? Just curious ...
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How does share consolidation impact options?

Kinder Morgan Canada did a share consolidation that took effect today. I see there are still options out there that reflect the unconsolidated price. Would someone buying the put option after the ...
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How does buying a call option make more money than simply buying stock?

By my reckoning, buying a call option on a stock when you believe it will go up will never yield as much profit as simply buying the stock outright. For one, the strike price is generally higher than ...
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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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How sensitive are heavily traded options (SPY, AAPL) to brief price changes?

For example if SPY reached a day high of +2% but only for minutes, would call prices rise accordingly such that one could profit from the STC sale of an option of the same strike price?
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Option value changing, but not in the options chain

I bought a LEAP a few weeks ago. Its value swings wildly on my broker's webpage (my broker is my bank; maybe they don't have the best interface.) However the price on the options chain (from NASDAQ) ...
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How are the prices for Options during Global Trading Hours (GTH)?

I am thinking about purchasing SPX options on the CBOE during Global Trading Hours (GTH). I am wondering, for people with experience doing this, what kind of prices do you see during this time? Are ...
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Is legging into bull credit spread a good strategy?

Let's say I've written at put at 50 (naked put). The stock price has come down from 57 to 52. I want to reduce my exposure. Is buying a put and creating a credit spread a good strategy for this ...
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Currency Future Contract's future fixed price?

Future and options are basically the same with the other using premium and w/o obligation. When trading FX options, you set/buy a strike price. Hence an agreement/was made on a fixed price. In the ...
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Meaning of IV for a strike

As I understand it, IV is defined as an annualized 1 standard deviation range for an underlying. So what is the meaning of implied volatility for a strike? The IV on each strike is calculated by ...
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Is all of put option time value when OTM?

If I sell a Dec 65 strike put on 12/3 and on 12/7 the stock price is at $74 and the put bid/ask are .35 x .37, how much of that is time value?
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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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Understanding the technicalities in options (put example)

My goal is to use options on a speculations level. I'm a bit perplexed with what I see on the broker account and thought this will be a good place to post my questions. So, here a fake-scenario (...
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Are bid and ask prices set by the market directly, or by the market makers?

I believe the answer is the latter, but I'm looking for more detail, hence the question. For low volume stocks and options I have bid lower than the current bid, and while usually my limit order isn'...
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What price is used for my option's current value?

I purchased one call option contract on a company and in my E*Trade account the "Last Price" is listed as $11.70. However, the value of my position is listed as $1325 which would suggest a price of $...