The amazing versatility that an option offers in today’s highly volatile markets is welcome relief from the uncertainties of traditional investing practices. Options can be used to offer protection from a decline in the market price of a long underlying stock or an increase in the market price of a short underlying stock. They can enable you to buy a stock at a lower price, sell a stock at a higher price, or create additional income against a long or short stock position. You can also use option strategies to profit from a move in the price of the underlying asset regardless of market direction.
There are three general market directions: up, down, and sideways. It is Important to assess potential market movement when you are placing a trade. If the market is going up, you can buy calls, sell puts or buy stocks. Do you have any other available choices? Yes, you can combine long and short options and underlying assets in a wide variety of strategies. These strategies limit your risk while taking advantage of market movement.
The following tables show the variety of options strategies that can be applied to profit on market movement: