Too bad, options are not soldable...

Discussion in 'Options' started by mizhael, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. As a newbie learning along the way about option trading, I sadly find out that it's not really possible to sell options for a small starter investor. With an account barely satisfying the daytrading rule, I found whenever I want to sell/write some options, I can only sell 5-7 contracts, some times at most 10-15 contracts. Given the price of the out-of-money option is often only 5 or 10 cents, I really don't generate much income by selling options. I am frustrated, because experts say options are used to be sold, not be bought. But now I am frustrated. Please shed some lights on me. Thank you!
  2. akeserla


    Most of the brokers allow you to sell options, you need to request the trading level. Thinkorswim allows it for all, no request necessary.

    You should check them out. I have been trading with them for a year and I love them.

    Good luck
    Let me know if you have any questions
  3. Sure it is, but are you sure that's what you want to do?

    1) selling NAKED options is riskier than you think it is.

    2) Selling options at prices of $0.05 and $0.10 - which is what you are doing - is another insanity. Guaranteed to be a long-term losing strategy.

    3) As a rookie, why are you so interested in beginning with a very risky way of making money? Save naked selling until you have much more experience. And if you NEVER adopt that strategy, you will be far better served.

  4. Which "experts". Could you provided a link?

    The Trading GURU
  5. You have to get "it" out of your head that out-of-the-money option premiums are "free money". :cool:
  6. To Mizhael:

    Write nazzdack's reply 100 times.

    Then read it 100 times.

    If you intend to sell options, it makes a big difference which options you sell and how you manage the risk.

  7. If you are truely a "Starter Investor", selling options the way you mentioned is NOT THE RIGHT MOVE! It will kill you account very fast.
    All you will do is pay commissions, that will not keep up with your profits.
    Take it slow. If this was driving a car, why would you want to start in a Formula One car, before knowing, and getting the necessary EXPERENCE first.
    For starting out find a good index option (QQQQ, DIA) and track it, then daytrade it. That is BUYING a block of options (no more than 30% of your account balance), then re-sell it after a rolling move has been made.
    (check out my thread here).
    Another option to try would be a Credit Spread trading.
  8. I humbly disagree.

    Why would any beginner have a clue how to day trade? That is not a skill easily learned.

    He would get wiped out even faster by trying that approach than by selling 5-cent options.

  9. Hey at least he did not read my guaranteed to make money in options idea :)
  10. johnnyc


    it's simple, all one needs to do is follow one of those infomercial're 100% correct
    #10     Mar 6, 2009