Call and Put Trading Strategies

Successful trading means successful trading strategies. The same is true with successful options trading strategies. In this chapter I discuss both bullish and bearish call and bullish and bearish put strategies that have worked well for me.

Long Calls

A long call option has a bullish outlook. In other words, if I think that the price of the underlying asset will be going up, and I am bullish on that asset, I would consider a long call strategy.

Long Call Strategy

Outlook Bullish.
How to set up the trade Purchase call option.
Advantages Compared to outright buying stock, this strategy is much cheaper and provides greater leverage on our capital. Additionally, your risk is limited, but there is potential for unlimited reward.
Disadvantages Potential for 100 percent loss of call value if it expires out-of-the-money. Call prices typically decline when volatility declines. Time is working against you.
Maximum risk Capped to the price you paid for the call option.
Maximum reward Unlimited.
Breakeven Call strike plus price paid for call.
Time decay effect Theta is negative and works against your option.
Volatility An increase in implied volatility would help the price of the option and a decrease would hurt the price of the option.

Typically, using out-of-the-money calls is one of my least favorite strategies. Unless I get a parabolic move higher, these are typically very challenging to trade. This is for two reasons. ...

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