If investing is a scary word for you, then trading is going to be a scarier term to behold. If you were to ask me one year ago to do trading, I would run far away. However, I later realise that my fears came from my ignorance, as well as from growing up listening to horror stories of people going bankrupt or commiting suicide after they lost everything in the stock market.
So, in this article, I am going to simplify options trading for you. Thereafter, you can decide if it is really worth the time and efforts to find out more or get started in options trading.
Let’s just say you have always been interested to own a condominium unit near Bishan MRT (Singapore). You feel comfortable to pay market price of $1.5M for a unit. Of course, if the price can be lowered, it is better for you.
Well, now you have a chance to do so. You can enter a 30-day contract whereby you will be paid a premium of say $30,000 (2%) upfront. And depending on the market price of the condo unit after 30 days, there are 2 scenarios that can happen.
Scenario 1: The market price of the condo rises above $1.5M.
For this scenario, you do nothing and keep the $30,000 premium.
Scenario 2: The market price of the condo drops below $1.5M
For this scenario, you will need to honour the contract and buy the condo at $1.5M, which is a price that you are comfortable paying in the first place.
On top of that, you can still use the $30k premium that you have collected upfront when the contract is established, to offset your purchase, which gives you a final discounted price of $1.47M.
The above example is an analogy of a PUT option contract.
So what is the risk of this contract?
The risk is no matter how much the market price dropped after 30 days, say to $1M, you will still need to buy it at $1.5M.
We manage this risk by choosing stocks:
1. Stocks with great fundamentals
Think of the big established companies like Google, Apple or Microsoft. They may give you a lower upfront premium but they also lower the risk significantly as their prices are unlikely to fluctuate so much.
2. Stocks that you always wanted to buy and don’t mind holding for a long time
For example, if you are a fan of Apple products and would love to be a shareholder of the company, you can always buy and hold the shares of the company and wait for it to rise, while collecting dividends along the way.
I hope the above simple analogy helps you to understand how options work. It is a powerful tool and when use in the right manner, can generates great returns for your investment. But, it is only tool, whether you win or lose, depends pretty much on the company/ stock that you are buying. So, do your research well before venturing into options trading. All the best!
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