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How do you write an option contract?

Traders write an option by creating a new option contract that sells someone the right to buy or sell a stock at a specific price (strike price) on a specific date (expiration date). In other words, the writer of the option can be forced to buy or sell a stock at the strike price.

How do you write a call option contract?

Writing a call option means that you are selling a call option. If you sell a call (also know as a "short call") then you are obliged to sell stock at the strike price. Typically, a call is sold against long stock. For example, if you bought a stock when it was trading at $100 and you sold a $105 call for $4.

What is a call option contract?

A call option is an option contract in which the holder (buyer) has the right (but not the obligation) to buy a specified quantity of a security at a specified price (strike price) within a fixed period of time (until its expiration). For stock options, each contract covers 100 shares.

How do you write a covered call option?

Writing a covered call means you're selling someone else the right to purchase a stock that you already own, at a specific price, within a specified time frame. Because one option contract usually represents 100 shares, to run this strategy, you must own at least 100 shares for every call contract you plan to sell.

How do option contracts work?

An options contract is an agreement between a buyer and seller that gives the purchaser of the option the right to buy or sell a particular asset at a later date at an agreed upon price. Options contracts are often used in securities, commodities, and real estate transactions.

How do Options Work example?

For example, the buyer of a stock put option with a strike price of 10 can use the option to sell that stock at $10 before the option expires. For that right, the put buyer pays a premium. If the price of the underlying moves below the strike price, the option will be worth money (will have intrinsic value).

How long are option contracts?

There is no typical length. You can buy options with a time period where it expires the same day, all the way out to about 2.5 years.

How are option contracts priced?

Options contracts can be priced using mathematical models such as the Black-Scholes or Binomial pricing models. An option's price is made up of two distinct parts: its intrinsic value and its time (extrinsic) value. Intrinsic value is based on an option's in-the-moneyness and is relatively straightforward to compute.

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