Selling Call Options
Selling Call Options is in general not the first trade an investor makes. They sell call options when they suspect that the price of the underlying will fall.
Selling or Writing call options is contrary trade of buying calls. A trader that buys a call option expect the underlying to increase in price. A trader that sells a call options have the assumption that the price will drop.
Smart traders choose options which have a high Implied Volatility. These options are rich on premium. Option traders do know that implied volatility will revert to the mean. When this happen the premium of the options will drop in price. And than you will be able to lock in profits by buyin the option back
If you do not own the stock and you are Selling call options it is called selling a naked call. Selling naked calls involves unlimited risk because the underlying asset could theoretically increase indefinitely.
How to Sell Call Options
Traders sell call options if they suspect that the underlying will drop in price. How do the sell calls? Sell call options one strike out of the money, this option has in general a 60% probability of profit.
The breakeven price is above the strike price of the option. When you sell out of the money calls you can benefit when the underlying price goes down, stays flat or moves up a little until breakeven.
For an trader who has sold uncovered or naked calls, the maximum gain is always limited to the amount of the option premium they received when they sold the calls.
When the call option moves in the money a trader might use his right and exercise the option. If you got assigned, the seller would be short stock. You have to buy the security on the open market at rising prices to deliver it to the buyer exercising the call at the strike price.
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If you do not like trading with (un)limited risk consider defined risk trades.
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