Options are hundred-size portions of the Series 7 exam. They come in various combinations and configurations in Series 7. These include single options, spreads (buying and selling one type), straddles (using calls and puts), and position positions. stocks with options
This article focuses on stocks with put options together and how to quickly calculate profit, loss, and break-even points for the series 7 exam. You’ll see ACE Options if you look with common sense. Not with memorization charts.
The thing to remember is that whenever you see options with a stock position, whether that stock position is long or short, the option is used for only 1 of 2 things. Protection or Rent. It is never the main focus of the strategy. So when you are analyzing the strategy and trying to see where the maximum profits and maximum losses could come from, think about where your money is tied up.
If you owned 100 shares of TRW Stock at $86, you have $8,600 invested. Now, if on the Series 7 exam you see a position like this and a call option for 1 TRW 80 Put for $300, it’s important to see what’s going on. When you have stocks, you want them to go up. A put option is the right to sell the stock at the exercise price (80). If the put option was bought on its own, without a long stock position in the same stock, then you want the stock to go down. Your maximum profit is based on declining stocks. HOWEVER, if you own a long stock position, the put option is your only protection.
In the example:
Buy 100 TRW Shares at $86 and Buy 1 TRW 80 Put for $300
FOCUS ON THE ACTION when you look at profit, loss and breakeven.
The put option does not get in the way of your trading profit. Focusing on stocks means that you always want the stocks you have bought to go up. The option, either call or put, is there for income or protection. In this case the Put was bought, so obviously this is not for rent. It is for the protection of the drop in shares.
For this reason, the maximum profit is always unlimited when you own shares and own a put option. A premium was paid, so it will be deducted from the profit, but the profit is still UNLIMITED. The stock could go up to $100, $200…
Maximum Loss: The put option is there to protect the stock, that’s IT. In the best case, the stock soars and the put expires, but without the put, the stock could drop to 0. The put allows the stock to be sold at 80, regardless of how low it is the actions. It works like a stop-loss order. It’s just that the option is not automatically “triggered” like a stop order. The Investor must exercise the option and the put option as a cost. In this case $300. So the maximum loss for this stock and short position is the difference in point loss on the stock at 86 and the guaranteed sale price of 80, which is $600 plus the $300 premium paid. Answer: $900.
The breakeven point with stocks and options is VERY simple for the Series 7 exam. It’s the total cost spent. Stock market position and premium paid or received. The cost of shares was 86 – the premium was 3, therefore THE EQUILIBRIUM IS 89. You start making money at 90. Watch out for that trick question. The breakeven point and the profit point ARE NOT THE SAME.
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