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WHEN SHOULD INVESTORS TRADE
OPTIONS?
By: www.ProfitableInvestingTips.com
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The point of investing is to make money. At least
the point is to avoid having inflation eat up all of
your savings and require you to work long into
your retirement years. So, what is the best way
to invest? Successful long term investors will tell
you that buying a mix of secure stocks and
holding them for five, ten, twenty years, or
longer is the key to making the stock market
work for you.
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Then things like the Financial Crisis or Covid crash
come along and wreck your plans. Here is where
options traders will remind you that by trading
options you can make money as the market falls
and not just when it is going up. So, when should
investors trade options?
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What Are Options?
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Options are contracts to buy or sell stocks,
currencies, futures contracts, or even Bitcoin
futures contracts. Options come in two basic
flavors, calls and puts. In the case of stocks, a
call gives the buyer of the contract the right to
purchase a stock at a price specified in the
contract called the strike price.This right lasts
until the contract expires.
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Because the strike price does not change, the
buyer can make money when the stock goes up
in price. He or she can buy the higher priced
stock for a bargain at the strike price. More
commonly the buyer can simply exit the
contract with a profit. For this opportunity the
buyer pays a premium. Puts work in a similar
fashion in conveying the right to sell a stock at a
set price.
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Selling Options
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While the buyer of an option contract, call or put,
pays a premium for the contract, the seller
collects the premium. In return they take a risk.
If a stock goes up above the strike price of the
contract the seller of a call ends up having to sell
the stock at the strike price.
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This means they have to buy shares at the higher
market price first. Or they may be able to exit
the contract for a loss without having to deal
with the stock in question. On average selling
options is more profitable than buying them.
The trouble is that every so often the seller
guesses wrong and takes a huge loss.This
generally means that selling options without
offsetting the risk is done only by folks with
deep pockets.
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OptionsTrading As a Business
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Professional options traders use strategies like vertical
spreads. For example, they sell a call for which they
collect a premium. And they buy a call at a
somewhat higher strike price.This contract is
cheaper so they start the trade with a credit. If the
trade goes badly the second contract acts as a stop
loss.This sort of hedging of risk is routine for
professional options traders just as it should be for
any investor who wants to trade options. So, when
should investors trade options?
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Covered Calls for Extra Cash
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A common strategy used by investors is a covered
call.They sell calls on stocks that they own.They
will do this when they do not believe the stock
will go up in price.They receive a premium for
the sale and keep the stock when the price does
not go up.
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If the stock does go up above the strike price, they
still keep the premium and simply sell their
stock. For a stock that is approaching the top of
its trading channel, the owner recognizes that
the stock is likely to head down again and profits
from the buyer who is betting that it breaks out
of the channel and continues on up.
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Puts In a Falling Market
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If you were invested in an ETF that tracks the S&P
500 at the start of the Covid crash you lost 31%
of your investment in a bit over a month. Of
course if you just hung in there you got that back
and more. But, what if you recognized what was
going on and purchased puts on your S&P 500-
tracking ETF?
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If your timing was perfect you bought those puts
on or before February 14 and sold them just
before March 20.You would have virtually
printed money all the way down.Then you could
have reinvested using your profits at the bottom
and amplified what you made on the way back
up.This is what makes options trading
potentially so attractive.
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Who ShouldTrade Options?
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A simple options strategy like a covered call is
something that does not require at lot of options
expertise and is relatively safe. Buying puts
when you suspect that the market is going to fall
is also pretty basic. In both cases, the risk is
limited.The next step into using a strategy like a
vertical spread requires that you understand
options and have some skill at timing the
market.
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It also requires that you have the time to do this and
the inclination. Do you want to come home from
your day job and spend every evening managing an
options portfolio? Do you have the ability to take
time from your work day to do this when the market
offers potential profits?The majority of novice
options traders lose money.This is why investors
typically limit their options exposure to covered
calls and the occasional purchased put on a stock
that they own.
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For more insights and useful information about
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