Aspects of Options Pricing that You should know

Options Pricing!!! In the investment market, an option’s cost has an entirely different meaning. It entails a stock buyer paying a stock seller for an option using a premium which is paid upfront and is not refundable. The premium is, therefore, the cost of buying an option before it is exercised, which is priced per share.

So this is how it works; a stock buyer pays a premium to purchase the rights granted by shares of the said stock. The purchase is made within a period in which the share is anticipated to make profits. If the stock becomes profitable within this period, the buyer is compelled to exercise the option, and if it does not, then the buyer will let the option expire as worthless.

Getting into options trading without an idea of the core components that facilitate it is a plan destined for failure. It for this reason that this article is meant to assist you as an investor partaking in the options trade to know the important aspects of options pricing.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Values

Options pricing entails two main components that is the intrinsic and the extrinsic values which determine how much you gain from a purchased option.

Intrinsic Values

An intrinsic which is the innate value is determined by the underlying price and the strike price of the options premium. The strike price is the cost of buying an option in the case that the choice is activity which means a profit is earned. Meanwhile, the underlying price, can decrease or increase the quality of a choice. The innate value comes in two forms, that is; intrinsic value call and put. For an intrinsic value call the innate value is in-the-money in the case where the underlying price is much more than the sale price, thus (underlying price – strike price = intrinsic value call). As for the intrinsic value put, the innate value is in-the-monetary if the strike option is more than the underlying security, thus (strike price – underlying price = intrinsic value put).

Extrinsic Value

An extrinsic value for an investor is viewed as the amount he or she is willing to purchase an option for more than its intrinsic value. It represents the premium in excess intrinsic value before the expiration time with the hope that quality of the option increases before the date of expiration. It is determined by; premium – intrinsic value = extrinsic value. Not that, the more the time to expiration the greater the extrinsic worth of the option since it allows more time for the market conditions to adjust on the investor’s benefit.


Options Greeks

A lot of option traders do not understand the importance of Greeks in options trading. The fact is, with knowledge of the Greeks helps options traders plan and strategize to get the best out their investments. It entails five major components which include, Delta, Gamma, Vega, Theta, Rho.


The Delta is the first Greek option which is the hedge ratio. The Delta Greek measures how much an option’s price is expected to transform per $1 change at an underlying cost price. That means that for instance if a Delta is at 0.80 that means the option’s price will move up to $0.80 for every dollar move in the underlying price.


The Gamma is the second Greek option which measures the rate of change in an option’s Delta. This measure is taken with consideration of the option’s Delta per $1 transformation in a primary stock price. The Gamma, therefore, lets you know you much the option’s Delta should change as the underlying price increases or decreases.


Vega is not an actual Greek letter it, however, has its importance within the options Greek. The Vega is meant to tell how much the option’s price should move in the case that the unpredictability of the underlying price increases or decreases. It achieves this through measuring the rate of change in an option’s price per 1% change in the implied unpredictability of the fundamental price.


The Theta Greek is pertinent to time decay. It measures the change in the cost of an option with each day that it advances towards the expiration date. Options lose value as they approach the expiration date and the Theta helps you determine this value.


The Rho Greek measures the anticipated change in the option price of a given stock per 1% change in interest rates. That way as an investor you get to know how much the cost of a choice should increase or decrease if the interest increases or decreases.

Conclusively options trading is a rather demanding business on the aspect of concentration to detail if you are to succeed in making a profitable gain. Hopefully, this article enhanced your understanding of options and their pricing as well as point you in the right direction when getting into the options trade.