If you are looking for option trading basics, then this article is meant for you. It is understandable that just like any other investment; option trading may appear complex when you do not have sufficient information about them. Nevertheless, enhancing your knowledge here and there with a few fundamental concepts would not be a bad idea.
When used properly, option trading is an investment vehicle that can earn you huge returns. This requires you to have a good grasp of the essential basics at least to get started. At this point it would help to know what stock options are and how option trading works.
So what are stock options? These are contracts between a buyer and a seller of stocks at predetermined price and period. Stock option trading can be a very attractive avenue for small investors because it allows them to trade big with just a small amount of capital investment.
Though it attracts such huge returns, there are also risks involved. Therefore, when you’re investing in options, it’s advisable to invest only what you can afford to lose. Actually, according to experts in the industry, it is wise to invest in option trading with risk capital.
In order to trade effectively and profitably in options, you will require a good knowledge and experience in option trading. Additionally, it will help you to be a good trader if you’re endowed with a solid knowledge of how to analyze stocks. Very important fundamental information can be found in various books written by gurus in the industry.
The Internet can also be very resourceful for you if you are in search of this information. Due to the volumes and volumes of information that there is, dedicating enough time to learn will be great investment on your part. With such an investment, you will be in a position to trade options effectively.
Some of the most basic concepts of option trading are the put and call options, long and short positions, speculation and hedging, intrinsic value, and time value. Compared to stocks, options are more risky because their initial value decline as time passes until they become worthless when their expiry comes. This means that the sooner you sell them the better for you. You should also remember that at or near the money options tend to have lower risks.
On the other hand, trading options tend to offer more advantages as compared to other investment instruments that are in the market today. Option trading offers limited risks with unlimited profit potential. The more reason why most established investors use them for the benefit of their portfolio and they use the option contracts to protect them against the eminent stock market crashes.
There are several ways through which an option contract can be traded including through public exchange houses — the most common way — or through over the counter markets, which is simply an agreement between both parties.
In order to begin trading options, you need to choose a strategy and become good at it. You should also choose a stock option with lots of trading volume and with high liquidity.
Ihad a lot of questions guys are asking me what I do in my real account because all the sample videos that I do are in a trading account. It’s real money. I do trade real money but I’m only trading one or two contracts because I want you to get an understanding and a feel for what we’re doing. But a lot of guys are saying, well gee, you just do small numbers and I’m just wondering what you do in your regular account.
Well, this is my regular account and you can see what my balance is and what kind of positions I put on. These are the exact same positions I put on in the demo account that you guys have seen the videos on. It’s the DIAs and the IWMs. I do have anMNX position in here and the SPYs. I trade with my own money.
Now this is the beginning of the month because it’s just May 15. This is the expiration week for the May options. What I like to do is put on some positions now, especially in the Indexes and then come Monday, after the May expiration,all of the July options will become available on stocks. There area few stocks that do haveJuly optionsnowbut normally they only have the front two months. So right now if I wanted to trade in a stock position today,I would only be able to get the May and the June options for back-to-back months, the two front months. Once the May expiration happens tomorrow,Monday morning,I’ll have the June and the July options for most of the stocks that I want to trade in.
I want to give you an idea that you can trade any size account and you know your profits are going to be based on the amount of capital that you put into these positions.Now all positions have risk, obviously, and you want to have smart allocation of capital but I’m beginning to build my positions now for the June expiration.
I just closed outmy May positions and now we’re rolling those into the June positions and so every month you’re going to be doing this. You’re going to be allocating your capital towards some initial positions right about at this time during that week of expiration. It’s always good to know exactly when your options are expiring. Remember they expire the third Friday of each month,so this is the time to put on positions.
Now I’ve just started putting on positions. I know exactly what my profits aregoing to be if I keep everything the same. They don’t stay the same because what I do is adjustments over the next three to four weeks before the June expiration date. Right now, though,I have a potential profit of close to $5,000 just on this very, very small…I mean I’m talking about if you take a look down here in the right hand corner, I have $10,000 in margin requirements and that is pretty low right now. I will eventually bump that up significantly as I add additional positions, but I stress diversification.
I’ve got the DIAs, the IWM, the MNX, and the SPY, which are all indexes so far because those are the options that I can get June and July in. Once Monday comes, I’m going to start putting on positions in individual stocks where I can get the June and July’s on the individual stocks. I’m going to diversify using stocks in my portfolio. There’s other ways to diversify which I talk about in the videos in the course. There’s several ways you want to diversify your risk and diversify your portfolio so you can get the maximum profit.
Now remember, this white line eventually, as we get towards the June expiration, will rise up as you’ve seen in other videos. It will rise up to the point where it meets this green line which is our June expiration. We’ve already got a small profit. We’re anywhere between $60 and $100 today. That’s going to change overtime and it doesn’t matter. What matters is the fact that we know that there’s a reverse gravity going on here. This white line is going to eventually move up to this green line.
I’m going to try and capture the majority of the potential profits in this position by the June expiration. Anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of my position and margin is going to be pure profit. So if you have the account, if you do have the funds, once you learn this business there’s really no limit to the amount of money that you can invest in the system. But you have to know what you’re doing first.
That’s why I suggest,strongly, that you paper trade for at least a couple of months. Start getting into real money using one or two contracts until you understand the system that you need to understand to manage this business by thenumbers. Get in there and do this and you will have the confidence going forward.
This is very different than speculating or trading based on what you think a stock is going to do. I’ve done that stuff. I’ve day-traded. I’ve bought a stock and, man, this thing has got to go upand all of a sudden it doesn’t do anything or goes down a little bit and I losesome money.
Or you’re taking a directional position.You buy a single option hoping the stock is going to go up or the index is going to go up, whatever you bought the option on. And you’re sitting there, you know, watching the screen every second.
This is thekind of business that you don’t have to sit in front of a screen. You don’t have to sit in front of a computer every single day. You can put these positions on. Sometimes the market does crazy things but you haveplenty of room to move either in the downside or the upside of these positions. You don’t have to sit there and watch this thing every single minute of every single day. That’s why I say you can manage this businessin 15minutes a day and you really can.
I tell you exactly what happens when this position goes against me. I show you. In fact, there are several live videos in the course itself that shows you exactly what you need to do in order to actually make more profits. It’s very easy to do; to add to these positions.
The price going against you is an opportunity for you to not only increase the amount of money that you are going to make for that month,but also to get the experience and confidence that you know what you’re going to be doing if the price does go against you. You don’t have to abandon the trade. You can defend the trade and you can make additional profits.
I hope this was instructional for you and I really do hope that you join us in the class because this is the real thing. You aren’t going to find this kind of training anyplace else and I really appreciate you watching this video.