Tuesday, 29 May 2012

OPTION TRADING VS.STOCK CASH


Many traders now a day intend to shift from cash market to option market ,here is a comparison made to make it easy for them.

What is an option?
An option is a contract giving the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset (a stock or index) at a specific price on or before a certain date.
An option is a derivative. That is, its value is derived from something else. In the case of a stock option, its value is based on the underlying stock (equity). In the case of an index option, its value is based on the underlying index (equity).

An option is a security, just like a stock or bond, and constitutes a binding contract with strictly defined terms and properties.

Options vs. Stocks


Similarities:
1) Listed Options are securities, just like stocks.
2) Options trade like stocks, with buyers making bids and sellers making offers.
3) Options are actively traded in a listed market, just like stocks. They can be bought and sold just like any other security.
Differences:
1) Options are derivatives, unlike stocks (i.e, options derive their value from something else, the underlying security
2) Options have expiration dates, while stocks do not.
3)There is not a fixed number of options, as there are with stock shares available.
4)Stockowners have a share of the company, with voting and dividend rights. Options convey no such rights.

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