Options are one of the most misunderstood investment vehicles in all of finance.
Some think you should avoid them like the plague. Others, like myself, see the tremendous upside.
So today, there are two myths about the dangers of options that I’d like to discount once and for all.
Myth No. 1: “Most options contracts expire worthless.” Heck, some think it’s as high as 90%!
That’s a pure, unadulterated lie.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange has shown that only about 30% of options contracts expire worthless. The 90% figure originally came from an SEC study that was fundamentally flawed.
Still, some investors choose to believe that 90% of options expire worthless. These investors then think that selling options contracts is a better strategy… so that’s what they do, aiming to reap gains when the value of the contract goes to zero.
Yet, this can be a very dangerous strategy… one with unlimited risk. And it’s these “naked selling” option strategies that lead investors to believe another gross generalization…
That brings us to myth no. 2: “My risk is UNLIMITED when trading options.”
This statement is also false (if you trade options the way I recommend). If you choose to employ a strategy that only purchases option contracts, you’re actually limiting your investment risk. In fact, buying an options contract is the ONLY way to guarantee you won’t take a loss more than you’re willing to accept at the onset of the investment.
And since you can buy most options contracts for just a few hundred dollars (instead of a few thousand dollars, as with stock shares), you can play the market with only a small amount of capital and risk.
That’s exactly what we do with Max Profit Alert. After we’ve purchased an options contract, we watch its value rise and fall as the underlying stock price rises and falls.
Of course, not all trades go in our favor. Sometimes we have to take a loss, which can mean a 100% loss of the debit we paid for the call options we purchased. But we’ll lose no more than that.
The upside potential of our option plays is often much greater than 100%. For instance, we’ve earned 151% on a bullish play on a packaging company… 155% betting against a foreign energy producer… and 158% on a bond ETF.
As you can see, our risk is completely limited, while our profit potential is unlimited!
Many of the current subscribers to Max Profit Alert have admitted that they had no experience with options prior to joining my service, yet feel perfectly comfortable trading options with my guidance. Options “pros” also tell me they find the service very valuable.
So do me a favor. The next time you hear someone say that options are risky, please slap them… then forward them this article.
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