The option strike price (also known as the exercise price) is a term used in options trading. Options are derivatives. These financial instruments are ‘derived’ from another underlying security such as a stock, and give the right (but not the obligation) to buy or sell the underlying at some point in the future.
Growing a small trading account with options can be a challenging task, but it is definitely achievable. When I began my journey in trading options, my goal was to double my small account every three months. However, I quickly learned that taking excessive risks without proper risk management would only lead to starting over again and again by adding new funds to my account.
Trading volume and open interest are two parameters used to describe activity and liquidity in the options market. Trading volume measures the number of options contracts traded during a specified period and open interest measures of the number of open option contracts in the market at any time.
I'm often asked if 5% is a good return for an options trade. The answer is: it depends. One of the myths of options trading is that you should aim for at least 100% gain in each option trade, otherwise it is not worth the risk. Is it really the case?
Investors that are looking to make longer-term bets may use LEAP Options. They are functionally identical to most other listed options, except with longer times until expiration. These contracts are ideal for options traders looking to trade a prolonged trend.
Options trading has many advantages over stock investment. They are flexible, can be used to manage risk and are capital efficient. But there are also several key disadvantages. Here's our guide to the pros and cons of options trading.
Options are derivatives that allow investors to exchange the right to buy or sell a specific security at a specific price. We've seen before exactly what options are, how they work and their function. Here we go further and explore the two main flavour of options (at those traded on the open market): puts and calls.
Rho is the sensitivity of an options's price to changes in interest rates. It is usually only worth considering for long dated options such as LEAPS. Rho is the least important of the five major Greek metrics. In fact, it is often overlooked entirely when talking about options.
Options theta measures option price sensitivity to time. All things being equal options lose value over time - so called 'time decay' - and theta measures this decay. In other words, an option premium that is not intrinsic value will decline at an increasing rate as expiration nears.
Options Delta is the measure of an option’s price sensitivity to the underlying stock or security’s market price. It is the expected change in options price with a 1c change in security price (positive if it rises/falls with a rise/fall in market price; negative otherwise).
Gamma is the options greek measuring the sensitivity of delta to changes in stock price. Option traders tend to find it relatively easy to understand how the first-order Greek metrics work. All of these metrics measure how the value of an option moves according to a change in an underlying parameter.