Questions tagged [options]

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Out-of-the-money options at expiration

It's taught that out-of-the money options that expire at the end of the last trading day expire worthless yet I see many expired options in trading hours that hold their value and continue to trade. ...
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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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Can companies raise cash by selling covered call options on their treasury stock?

Suppose a company has lots of treasury shares. Can it raise cash by selling call options covered by the treasury stock? If the stock price ends below the strike price of the calls sold, then the ...
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Stock Options in Exchange for Salary

I received an offer letter with with the option to convert part of the salary to stock options as per the below table. Base salary is ₪33K/month (Israeli Shekel). Be aware of '₪' vs '$' in some ...
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Reporting of 1256 Based Options

I live in the United States. In 2015 I have traded several 1256 based options. The details of each trade were not included in my 1099 and not imported into Turbo Tax. I understand that this is to be ...
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Why are there no exchange traded options on 3x leveraged ETNs

Since these would help me manage risk in my personal financial portfolio, why are there no exchange traded options on 3x leveraged ETNs? Is there a prohibition that the SEC is perpetuating? Is there ...
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Is it possible to see market data for options trading?

Is it possible to see market data for options trading, i.e. that shows all placed option orders? Some brokerage platforms provide "level 2" order book information of all placed stock orders ...
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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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Settlement Period for options pre 1993

I was reading Settlement Period and wondering what was the settlement duration for options pre 1993. For equity/etf, it seems it was five days. So for options, was it four days ? , any verifiable ...
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FX options for retail trader

I would like to trade options on the FX market, say EURUSD and GBPUSD. I have seen that there are options on the CME that have FX futures as underlying and also some options on spot on the ...
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Warrant extension - would this have any tax implications?

If someone has warrants to purchase shares in a private C corp in the US, if they were about to expire and they got the company to agree to extend them, does this have any tax implications? These are ...
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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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No margin account and put expires ITM

This question is a followup to a recent and similar question on buying a put: When a long PUT expires in-the-money, whose shares are being sold?. Suppose I don't have a margin account, and I buy a ...
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Maximum Profit (Options Vs Futures)

Consider this scenario: Say S&P closed at 3400 today [Sep-9] and you knew (100%) for a fact that by the end of trading day tomorrow [Sep-10] 4pm it will close at 3200. So now, given this fact, ...
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confused about option expiration date

Many websites said option expires on the third Friday of the month, only once per month. However, this is NOT true for the data I saw for Tesla, from Yahoo finance. From https://finance.yahoo.com/...
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Can any European-style options be exercised before expiration?

I found a page that says the following about European-style options (in the context of weekly and end-of-month options for S&P 500 futures): European-style options can be exercised only on the ...
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How not to pay taxes on covered call

I bought 100 shares of ESPO four months ago for $50 and sold a September 18 $62 covered call at Robinhood. With the stock trading at $61.50, I think that it's likely that I will be assigned. I will ...
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Options flow? Is it worth it?

How do you effectively use options flow to make better trading decisions? Is there any websites or resources to use this tool?
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Are there stock options on OTC stocks?

I was looking for stock options for the largest companies that actively trade on the OTC market. For example, options on Tencent Holding Ltd. (TCEHY), Roche Holding Ltd (RHHBY), Nintendo Co., Ltd. (...
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Adjusted Options (uncovered short puts) on Expiry

I sold 35 short puts (adjusted options) each for $1.30 premium a month ago. CHKA1 07/17/20 Put, Strike price $1.50, Underlying symbol: CHKAQ (formerly CHK) After CHKAQ went bankrupt and currently ...
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Why is this option strategy's lower bound $50?

Why is the payoff 0 when the price drops under 50? When we sell the short call, we get $60 and we need to cover our position so if the price drops to let's say $40. We don't need to execute the option ...
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Does selling a related option affect the holding period for tax purposes?

Imagine the following scenario: I purchased 3 LEAP call options on XYZ in 2019 with a strike price of $200.00, expiring over a year from purchase in 2021. I also sold 3 call options on XYZ in 2019 ...
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Calculating maximum loss on options spread including early assignment and margin calls

Most trading platforms provide a maximum loss calculation for options spreads, but this does not account for the possibility of early assignment which could lead to losses from margin calls, overnight ...
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Do compound options trade on exchanges or do they only trade over-the-counter?

Do options on options (i.e. compound options) trade on derivatives exchanges? Or are they only traded over-the-counter? If they do trade on exchanges, which exchanges do they trade on?
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Options Strategy for Calculating Limit Price on a Vertical Spread

Is there a best strategy for calculating limit price on a vertical spread? Using the average of the bid and ask prices seems to lead to a lot of orders that do not get executed.
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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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Is there limit on number of Covered Calls Transactions?

I have 100 shares of XYZ. I felt today it’s going to be Bearish Trend, so I opened a position, STO call at $10.00 (2 Weeks Expiry). Next day premium value is $5.00 and it’s going to be Bullish again. ...
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How do settlement times and Reg T work for options exercise and assignment in a cash account?

If I have a position in a standard PM-settled equity/ETF option in a cash account, are buys and sells of the underlying due to exercise or assignment treated the same as any other stock buys and sells ...
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Why should I buy a principal protected note from the bank when I can create one on my own?

I was looking at principal protected notes (PPN) at a bank (link: CIBC Principal Protected Notes). It says: The return of your CIBC PPN depends on the performance of the underlying assets. (It ...
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Long put options in TFSA: can I close the position by selling, or must I exercise?

Suppose I use my TFSA to buy 10 American put options on XYZ at a strike price of 20 when the market price of XYZ is 20. I am 100% sure this is allowed under the rules governing TFSAs and registered ...
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How are options used to avoid capital gains taxes on shares?

This question is based on this quote from another online resource. I had been reading about common methods of tax avoidance for the super wealthy, and this one didn't make sense to me. One cunning ...
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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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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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Long term LEAPs with calls written against them

I bought 3 LEAPs on XYZ at various times in 2019 which all expired in 14-17 months. I intend to sell or donate them once they reach long term status. However, I also wrote 3 CALL options on XYZ that ...
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How to find the most efficient gamma and vega hedging

I want an options position where I can short some options to pocket the premiums and benefit from the time decay. I also want to be vega and gamma neutral. Is there an established way to find which ...
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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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Nadex binary option - trading at excessive prices?

I recently came across Nadex and in particular their binary option markets. Such an option pays off $100 or $0 depending on whether a specific exchange rate exceeds a strike price at a specific date. ...
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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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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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Yuan USD options

Are there any possibilities for a retail investor to buy a USD/Yuan option other than the ones on the WisdomTree Chinese Yuan Strategy Fund ETF (NYSE Arca: CYB) and those from Goldman Sachs? The idea ...
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Hong Kong Dollar Options

I would like to bet on a de-pegging of the Hong Kong Dollar from the USD. Even though the volatility is perfect for an options trade, it seems hard to find any for the retail investor. Is anyone aware ...
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How to consider the effect of margin call risk in a gamma scalping strategy

I am trying to tippy toe into volatility trading and volatility strategies. So I was reading Sheldon Natenberg where he starts off with a portfolio of long ATM call and short 50 shares of stock to ...
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Can an individual investor easily trade options for NASDAQ-CM equities?

When I look at a NASDAQ-CM-listed company on my broker's site (or on Yahoo/Google Finance pages), there are no option prices listed. Is there some way for an individual investor to buy/sell puts/...
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Choosing a strike price when you sell a short combo

Often different stocks that I want to short are not on my broker's "easy-to-borrow" list, so they are unavailable for shorting. A couple weeks ago I got serious about option trading and I found out ...
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Writing ITM Call Option For Extra Profit

Say I buy 100 shares of XYZ at $20 a piece, and it rises in price to $25 a share. Is there any downside to writing/selling an ITM call option at a strike price of $25/share as far as I can in the ...
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Options Help - Partial allocation of shares?

I'm still learning options trading and got into it recently on Robinhood - but I have a few quick questions. I have 2 contracts for ACB $12.5 Put 9/4. When I go through the steps to exercise it, I ...
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How implied volatility affect options pricing?

TSLA between 23 and 24 October 2019 had their earnings report. TSLA mark price on 23 October was 252$. On 24 October, half an hour after market open reached 297$. as we saw around 44$ push. if ...