Options trading is a form of derivative trading that allows you to trade on the Australian securities market. There are a number of options strategies which traders can use to help improve the performance of their portfolio.
Options are contracts that give the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell underlying securities at a predetermined price on or before a specific date. Like warrants , options are listed on regulated exchanges such as the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), and are specifically referred to as Exchange Traded Options (ETOs).
Options can be traded on several kinds of underlying securities, the most popular being equities (stocks), indices and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). There are also many options strategies which can help traders limit their risks and take advantage of market opportunities.
Options allow traders to ‘lock in’ a future buy or sell price for underlying assets. The set price you agree on won’t change and it’s this fixed element that smart investors and brokers rely on.
Options come in two forms: calls and puts. A call option gives the buyer of the contract the right to buy at a specific price (also known as the ‘strike price’). Alternatively, a put option is where the buyer acquires the right to sell at a specific price. Options can be traded over the phone with our dealing team or on the webIRESS platform. View more information on options accounts and forms.
There are several advantages to options trading. Exchange Traded Options (ETOs) allow investors to diversify and grow their investment portfolios, and can also protect them from market fluctuations.
The many trading strategies that surround options can make them appear complex, but all options strategies are actually based on the same principle. Some strategies may only appear more complex because they are built from multiple options. However, you should make sure you are aware of how option prices are affected by volatility and other factors, as well as by movements in the underlying share price.
Familiarising yourself with a variety of strategies will help with your overall understanding of options trading, as well as helping you take advantage of opportunities in the markets. Some strategy examples include iron condor, covered call, protective put and protective collar.
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