Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [options]

This tag is to be used for any question on Options, A more specific tag [put-options, call-options, options-assignment, option-exercise] should be used when appropriate.

0
votes
1answer
104 views

Selling options on acquisition

I've been trying to understand this hypothetical scenario wherein a company in which you own options is acquired. In it, the author posits you own .67% and 20,000 shares ($2 strike price, $4 share ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

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-...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Is it likely for large buy to open orders to be filled on thinly traded options?

Suppose you are very bullish or bearish on a stock but its options are thinly traded. Some stocks have an options market that doesn't exceed $200,000 even around earnings time. Say you want to ...
0
votes
3answers
90 views

Credentials to discern “Sell to Open” or “Buy to Open” Option Transaction

I am curious how to gain insight into whether an option transaction was buyer or seller initiated, ie. "Buy to Open" or "Sell to Open". What I am looking for is not from a common retail investor ...
1
vote
3answers
96 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

Do I understand options open interest correctly?

I wasn't able to find a good example of how open interest works. Suppose at the beginning of trading period there is no open interest, these are the only trades made during these days, and all ...
0
votes
2answers
88 views

Neutral to bearish options strategy above stock price

If a stock is trading at $30 and I believe it will go no higher than $33, is there a spread that I can create above $33? This is a neutral to bearish strategy. I've looked at a debt put spread: ...
1
vote
2answers
94 views

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....
1
vote
1answer
39 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
57 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
29 views

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% ...
1
vote
0answers
68 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
179 views

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 (...
4
votes
4answers
133 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
46 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
7k views

What is the risk-neutral probability?

I discovered how to price European options and stumbled over a term and an equation I didn't understood : If we assume that investors are indifferent to risk and that expected returns on all assets ...
2
votes
3answers
184 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
168 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
509 views

How does selling rights issues work in practice?

I read the article Understanding Rights Issues, but I don't understand how the selling of those rights issues works in practice. Do you simply get call options you can sell on an options exchange? Or ...
2
votes
3answers
79 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
63 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

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)...
2
votes
3answers
120 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

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-...
3
votes
1answer
123 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

Do companies sell puts when buying back shares?

Say company X has a share price of $80. They think their shares are undervalued, and their board approved a buyback of $1 billion. Can company X use the $1 billion to sell puts at $79, with the idea ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

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....
0
votes
0answers
13 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
53 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
45 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
103 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
152 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
157 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
166 views

Should I use futures or options to hedge my long SPY position?

If I am long 100 shares of SPY, what are some questions that I can ask myself to decide: Whether I should hedge by selling futures, or by buying put options? What are some pros and cons of each?
2
votes
2answers
68 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
135 views

What are the most highly leveraged ways for a retail investor to bet against volatility (or inverse volatility)?

I am aware that there is an inverse VIX ETF, but it is not leveraged. The only other way I can think of is to buy VXX puts? Is there another method I am not aware of that provides more leverage?
0
votes
0answers
55 views

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*...
1
vote
2answers
101 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
160 views

“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 ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Does weekend count for option decay?

Does sat/sun also decay the value of options or just days the market is open?
1
vote
1answer
125 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
60 views

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 ...