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How To Trade Options in the Market With a 9-5

Options Trading for beginners
Are you ready to trade options? Here’s what you need to know first.

There are many ways to earn money outside a 9-5 but multiplying your money at will through the market provides you with another type of freedom.

If you’re like me, you probably hold traditional long-term stocks, some crypto, but have also been interested or curious about options trading.

Options trading seemed intimidating to me a year ago.

But after many months on and off of researching it, I’ve finally decided to apply the knowledge I’ve gained.

And it’s changing everything very quickly.

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Why options trading?

how to trade options for beginners

Options trading allows you to make money at will, no matter if the price of a stock is on an upwards or downwards trend.

Differentiating calls vs puts is going to help you identify which strategy will best suit you as a trader.

While some traders use one or the other, many traders also use both strategies in different plays.

Trading options isn’t as risky as most people might initially think it is.

For starters, buying a call or put option means you can only lose what you invest in.

Another pro to trading options is you can earn money every day, or every week if your margin account has less than $25,000.

New options traders will find you do not need a lot of money to begin trading options.

You can fund your account with a few hundred dollars or less for starters when learning how to trade.

Reason why you shouldn’t limit yourself to a 9-5

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A 9-5 might feel like you have some sense of security, but the reality is a 9-5 is never truly 100% secured.

Learning new skills will allow you to increase your income outside your 9-5 without having to take the risks of entrepreneurship.

Two of my startups failed while I was employed, the third one wasn’t scalable, and finally my first real business has been growing since 2020.

But even then, I knew that I didn’t just want to earn money per project.

I asked myself, “how can I earn money on a regular basis?”

That’s when I began to study options trading before actually committing to making my first trade.

The hardest part for me was taking action after I had digested the knowledge on how to make my first trade.

But let me tell you, once I made my first trade, I got a rush.

Because I wanted to do it for so long and I was finally doing it.

I had a strategy in mind I always thought of using and I finally began putting it to work.

I made gains on my first trade, gains on my second, and lost a little on my third.

But by my sixth trade, I was up 10.57%.

If you’re a long-term investor you’re lucky to see these gains by the end of the year.

Here’s why these gains were so important

If you’re thinking to yourself, what’s so significant about +10%?

Well, you’re missing the macro vision here.

Think about how often you get a raise at work, are you even in a position to get a raise at work?

Imagine you getting paid 10% more one day at work, that be great wouldn’t it be?

Now let’s break down how much 10% is when comparing it to a few different brackets when trading options.

10% gains on $200 is $20 more per day / additional $600 per month

10% gains on $500 is $50 more per day / additional $1,500 per month

10% gains on $1,000 is $100 more per day / additional $3,000 per month

Now that’s a lot better, right?

If you are able to make $1 trading options then you can make $10 trading options and $100, and so on.

And while not every trade will be a 10% gain day, some will be bigger days and some less.

This is where strategy and due diligence will play a big part in your success rate.

How to prepare for options trading

Read the differences between calls vs puts.

I break down the differences in this article and make it very easy for beginners to understand how they work.

Call options are bullish bets a stock will go up while put options are a bearish bet a stock will go down.

You will also want to familiarize yourself with the meanings of OTM (out the money), ITM (in the money), and ATM (at the money), also explained in this same article.

And lastly, you will need to use a broker that allows you to trade options.

Webull has to be the best platform to trade options as it has one of the easiest navigation layouts in the game.

NOTE: you will need to open a margin account and not a cash account to trade options with Webull.

If you’re part of the community newsletter, you received an email regarding a new 3-part video options trading series I have coming very soon.

I’m going to show you how to buy a call option and put option step-by-step during a real-life trade.

I will wrap up the third video with the trading strategies that I personally use that no one else is talking about.

Some of you caught the clip I posted on my IG story this morning on calls that printed from CEI.

This 3-part video series will be made available in our private community if you’re interested in learning more about trading options.

Here’s what happens when you trade options

Options Trader - FrankNez
  1. You gain control of your finances
  2. A confidence emerges that was previously dormant
  3. You unlock the ability to multiply your money at will

Something clicks when you realize that you can literally turn money into more money without relying on an employer.

Those of you reading this who already trade options know exactly what I mean.

By the end of my course, most of you will be able to wake up every morning and make a trade that will yield gains.

Join our private community here to be part of this experience.

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Calls VS Puts: The Biggest Differences in Options Trading

Calls VS Puts
A simple guide to Calls VS Puts – Puts vs Calls – Calls vs Puts explained

This article is going to help new investors identify the difference between calls vs puts.

I’m going to provide you with a very simple overview and breakdown of what these two trading strategies mean in the world of options trading.

And if you’re not familiar with what options trading is, I will further explain that down below.

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What is a call option?

What is a call option?
What is a call option? – Calls vs puts explained

A call option is a bullish strategy that allows a trader to profit from a trade on the upside.

The trader essentially bets that the price of a stock is going to go up by buying call options.

How does a call option work?

When you open the options chain, you will have many contracts to choose from, ITM, ATM, or OTM, which I’ll use as a quick example for now.

If you are betting on the price of a stock to go up, you might buy a contract with a strike price of a few dollars above the underlying securities’ current price, depending on your risk.

If the stock does indeed move up in price, you will begin to see gains on your contract.

You may then sell your contract and profit from your play when you are ready.

What is a put option?

what is a put option?
What is a put option? – calls vs puts options – puts vs calls stocks

A put option is a bearish strategy that allows a trader to profit off a trade on the downside.

Unlike calls, traders buying put options are betting the price of a security will drop.

How does a put option work?

I’ll use another OTM example for now and explain the other scenarios below.

You will have many options in the options chain to choose from.

Here you will be able to select a contract to buy based on the ‘strike’ price you’ve selected.

The strike price you’ve selected is where you believe the price of a security will go down to.

If a price of a stock is at $20 and you buy a contract for a strike price of $17, you’re betting that the price of the stock will fall in the future.

If the stock falls to $19 then $18, you will begin to see gains on your bet.

The closer the price of the underlying security gets to $17, the more gains you will see.

You can then close your position at any moment before the contract’s expiration date and take profits.

Both these examples are examples of an OTM contract which I’ll explain more below.

Here are other examples of how calls vs puts work.

What is ATM and ITM?

ATM vs ITM
Options trading: ATM vs ITM

ATM stands for “at the money”.

At the money (ATM) is the current price a stock/security is trading at.

When your strike price is near the current share price this is considered to be “at the money” (ATM) for both calls and put options.

ITM puts

ITM stands for “in the money” and will be a little different for puts vs calls.

When a strike price is in the money for put options, it means the price is above the “at the money” (ATM) price.

Example: You’re betting the price of a stock will go down, so you buy a put options contract “ITM” for $11 while the stock is currently trading at $10 (ATM).

You contract has a higher probability to earn gains since the current share price (ATM) is already below your strike price (ITM).

The further the price of a stock goes down from your strike price, the more money you make.

ITM calls

When a strike price is in the money for call options, it means the price is below the ATM price.

Example: You’re betting the price of a stock will go higher so you buy a call option contact “ITM” at $9 while the stock is trading at $10 (ATM).

Your call option contract has a better probability of making money from the start since the current share price is already above your strike price.

If the price of that stock continues to surge, then you will continue to make gains.

“In the money” (ITM) contracts are a little more expensive to buy since your probability to make money is higher.

“At the money” (ATM) contracts which are closer to the “current” share price had a medium risk factor and are cheaper than ITM contracts.

So then what are OTM contracts?

OTM “out the money” explained

OTM Explained
Calls vs puts explained – OTM – Calls vs Puts options

OTM, or “out the money” is the strike price above the ATM for calls, and the strike price below the ATM for puts.

Call option example: If you buy a call options contract OTM at $12 and the price of the stock is currently at $10 “at the money” (ATM), you are betting the price of a stock will rise above $10 per share.

Put option example: If you buy a put options contact “out the money” (OTM) at $8 and the price is currently at $10 “at the money” (ATM), you are betting the price of a stock will go below $10.

Remember, the closer a stock’s price gets to your strike price, the more gains you will reap.

So, the further out the money your strike price is, the higher the reward may be.

Should you buy ATM, ITM, or OTM?

Every trader will use the strategy that best tailors to their risk.

  • Out The Money (OTM) = High Risk / High Reward
  • At The Money (ATM) = Medium Risk / Medium Reward
  • In The Money (ITM) = Low Risk / Low Reward

Traders will need to study the performance of an underlying asset to get a feel and understanding of where the price may go.

Once you have determined whether you will be buying puts vs calls or vice versa, then you may begin to look at the contracts available.

Options contracts explained

Every 1 contract equates to 100 shares of a particular stock.

OTM contracts are usually less expensive.

With these contracts you can buy 100 shares of a stock for only cents.

ITM contracts are more expensive because they are the safest choice.

ATM contracts are in between ITM and OTM in pricing.

The options chain will allow you to choose when contracts based on short-term or long-term expiration dates.

You can go short or long on both a call and put options contract.

These expiration dates may vary from only a few days to weeks, to months, and even years.

Whether you should trade short-term or longer-term expiration options contracts is a strategy that will be highly based on your trading goals.

Where can you trade options?

options trading with webull
Options trading with Webull – calls vs puts options – calls vs puts explained

The most popular platform to trade options is Webull.

Webull is where I personally began learning reading charts and familiarizing myself with the options chain and data.

Here traders will be able to purchase calls vs puts or vice versa.

Some traders use both strategies to make money during a bull and bear market.

Other platforms where you can trade options include:

  • TD Ameritrade
  • ETrade
  • Robinhood
  • Fidelity

If you’re already invested in stocks, you might already be using one of these platforms.

The difference between trading stocks and trading options is that you will need to open a margin account for options.

A cash account will not allow you to buy calls vs puts.

You can earn 5 free stocks from Webull when you sign up using my affiliate link.

If you choose not to keep these 5 stocks, you can sell them and fund your margin account to trade options.

Puts VS Calls: Why trade options?

puts vs calls: why trade options
Puts vs Calls stocks – calls vs puts options – calls vs puts explained

Buying puts or buying calls allow traders to bulk up on stock and use leverage to make money in the stock market.

There are 4 different ways you can trade options.

  1. Buy Calls
  2. Sell Calls
  3. Buy Puts
  4. Sell Puts

All four essentially allow you to use leverage and make money whichever side of the play you want to begin trading options.

However, selling calls and selling puts from the get-go will require further in-depth explanation, which I will do in another article.

For today’s breakdown, I’ve explained buying both calls and puts.

There are a variety of things that attract investors to trading options.

  1. Short-term gains
  2. Big returns
  3. Losses are limited to what you put in your contract
  4. Quick accumulation of cash / shares

If you’re here today, it’s because you’ve probably seen people in your space talk about how much money they’ve made playing options.

And while options can yield a full-time income stream, new traders should also be aware of the risks.

Is trading options risky?

Is trading options risky?
Calls vs puts options – puts vs calls stocks –

Trading options has its risks as bets aren’t 100% guaranteed to play in your favor.

However, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances at becoming profitable.

  1. Familiarize yourself with technical analysis / chart patterns
  2. Only buy what you can afford to lose

While traders can certainly trade based on market sentiment, it would be wise to gain some understanding of how prices move through technical analysis.

TA can help traders determine the trajectory of a stock’s price moves in the coming minutes, hours, days, and even weeks.

It’s best to armor yourself up and learn as much as you can to properly set yourself up for success.

If you’d like me to do a write-up on bullish and bearish patterns leave me a comment below.

When it comes to choosing between calls vs puts, it really comes down to adapting to the changes in the market to help you increase your income potential.

If you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment below.

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