Discussion Of Trading Options On Dividend Stocks

When you’re an options investor do you find out what happened when you’re investing in an option that splits or pays a dividend? Do you learn how the option is effected or if there’s a cost associated with it? When you invest in options, this list is some things that you should bear in mind. If, you know the option you’re buying is going to split, or it has a dividend ex-date coming up.

The most expensive hedging strategy is buying put options against individual stocks. This is often not the best option; if you already have a diverse portfolio, you may fare better if you bought a put option on the stock market, or to sell financial futures. In both cases, you’re protected if the overall market prices drop.

Continuing This Conversation About Trading Options On Dividend Stocks

This approach to buying stocks grew in popularity during the 1990s. The basic idea behind this strategy is designed to buy those Dow stocks that form the best value stocks at the time, by choosing the 10 stocks that have the best, I.e. lowest, P/E ratio and the highest dividend yields. Because the Dow favors well-established companies that perform well year to year, these 10 are considered the greatest potential to grow in the following year. A variation on this strategy is called the ‘Pigs of the Dow,’ in which you purchase the 5 stocks that had the greatest drop in price over the last year. Again, these are believed to be the stocks most ripe for growth.

Purchasing stocks on margin allows a purchaser to obtain stocks, usually aided by a factor, without paying the total amount they’re worth. This gives the buyer opportunity to gain a statement that is greater than if they were required to pay the full cost upfront. The buyer has to invest less money and is able to obtain more stocks. Buying stocks on margin is also more risky than buying stocks outright; if a loss is incurred it can be greater than the amount that was put in. It is important when buying on margin to have stop-loss orders in place. These limit the losses in the event that the market turns around. When possible the quantity of the margin shouldn’t exceed 10 per cent of the total value of your account.

On Friday, BofA reportedly took a $10-20 million loss on a trade that was supposed to be ‘riskless.’ Interestingly, the trade that BofA apparently lost so much money on Friday is actually designed to take advantage of individual investors, not big market makers. So, the plan seems to have backfired. Jim Binder of OCC (@jimbinder) sent us a white paper from the International Securities Exchange detailing how the trade is supposed to work. The strategy is all about capturing the dividend …


Stock splits occur every once in awhile and when they do they’re usually capital news. Those who’ve owned stock in the business now have twice as much or more shares available at a better price. Options are surely not to different in that aspect. The Options clearing board will automatically adjust your stock options so that you don’t lose any money in the passage of a stock split.

Now the stock is going t split in a 2 for 1 format it will drop immediately in value to only 25.45 On the next market bell. The OOC will automatically convert your 10 options and turn them into 20 at the appropriate price on the opening bell. So, now you have 20 options, the contract price is adjusted to 1.75, and you still have the same number of options you had at the same value of worth.

Now the value of your stock options isn’t in question what is what occurs when the price after the stock split moves. Now if, your stock options had remained at 50.90 cents and it falls 1 dollar that isn’t too much to lose. Now that you have 20 options at 25.90 a dollar fall can dramatically swing the price of the options. Along with the disappearance of value you now have 20 options to sell which is going to cost more in commission trades. So, just be mindful of these two different types of possibilities when trading options and a stock will split.

When a dividend payout date is coming, you’ll always see the stock price start to rise. This increases the value of calls on the options contracts that you have. On the other hand if you’re a put contract it will decrease the values of that option under the same way. On the date after the dividend is paid, the stock will usually fall, and reflect the payout without the dividend in the value of the stock.