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Options trading refers to an option contract that gives the buyer the right to buy or sell a company's stock at a predetermined price and at a predetermined date in the future. In options contracts, unlike future contracts, it is not required to buy or sell the underlying asset.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Options Trading

There are four levels of option trading, which traders make use of based on the resources needed and the experience they have. The four levels are :
  • Covered Calls & Cash-Secured Puts

  • Long Options

  • Option Spreads

  • Naked Calls & Puts

These levels are in place to help traders and brokers alike. Brokers enable traders to move up the levels based on their experience and the trades they carry out regularly, and the returns generated from them.

The number of times you trade in options is completely based on your strategy. There is no limitation as of such apart from the fact that you can not carry out trade in the same stock more than four times in a span of five days. Create a strategy accordingly, and be sure to not trade in just a single share.

Yes, you can hold on to the option contract till its expiry. The contract gives you the right but not the obligation to buy or sell the underlying asset at a specific strike price. The right can be used from the time you purchase the option till the time of expiry. Once the contract expires, it is worthless. If you wish to exercise the option contract, you must do so before it expires.

You must adopt a trading strategy personalized to your own goals and investing temperament. You can choose to sell an option contract if it fits your strategy and you are confident enough of getting some gains by doing. If you already own an option contract, you can sell it in case you don’t plan of exercising it. There can be two reasons why selling the option contract might be better. One case would be the option could be an out of the money option, but by exercising it, you might be able to make a profit after deducting the premium you made. Another reason could be for an in-the-money option contract, but selling the contract might lead to higher profits. Based on your strategy and situation, you can sell options.

There are many option trading strategies that you can use. There is no one strategy that is ever perfect. You could even do your research to create a strategy of your own. A personalized strategy can help you better than a standard strategy that is widely used. The reason for this is that there are many factors that affect you alone, which aren’t factored in during the creation of the strategy. Your financial goals, risk taking capabilities, initial investment capital, use of margin, etc, influence the strategy you can use. The amalgamation of strategies can be used. Keeping in mind that a random combination might not work, and you must test your strategy before using it. Research, as well as rigorous testing and adapting based on the flaws you encounter, will help you create the strategy that works best for you.

Profits gained from options trading come under the business income. Business income is taxed based on your income slab. Hence, whatever profits you generate will be taxed and based on your total income. For an example, say you have an annual income of 2 lakhs, and you generate 2 lakhs via options trading. Together your income will be 4 lakhs, and you will be based on the total 4 lakhs of income you have gained. It’s better to be aware of when to have profits to avoid any issues.

There is a penalty for margin violation which charges around 0.07% per day. If you don't maintain your margin for option trading, then the margin penalty can harm you with a huge loss.

To make your position in the options trade, you need to maintain a margin. The margin money is measured in the % of the total value of the option contract. As an option buyer, you can limit the loss or unlimited profit which requires a premium amount to pay for understanding the upside or the downside of the option contract.

Time value is described as the amount an investor is ready to pay for the option above its intrinsic value. This value indicates a chance of the option’s value to rise before its expiry and due to a positive change in the underlying assets price.

The term squaring off in options trade refers to executing an option contract with the same strike price, lot size and expiry date, then you are squaring off your position. For an exercise trade-on option, you will take the delivery of the underlying assets such as stock, commodities etc.

The strike price refers to the rate at which a trader enters the options contract. There are various strike prices available in the market. The strike price can be available at a lower price than the spot price or higher than the spot price of underlying assets.

If you have the necessary funds, you can buy and sell the option as per your need. Waiting for the call option to hit the strike price to sell the option contract is unnecessary.

The lot size in an options contract refers to a fixed number of units of the underlying asset, such as stocks. The standard lot size is different for each stock, and the stock exchange decides it.

The option premium is the price the buyer pays above the spot price to acquire the option contract. It is a significant cost that an option buyer/seller pays to acquire the right to buy or sell the underlying assets.

A put option contract is the opposite of a call option which lets the buyer of the contract right to sell the underlying asset at a pre-determined price & date.

The call options contract gives the buyer the right to buy the underlying asset of the options contract at a predetermined price and date. To get the right to buy these underlying assets, the buyer needs to pay a premium to the seller of the call option contract.