Is option strategies are profitable?

There are lot of option strategies. I got confused. Can any body suggest me good strategy to workout on monthly basis for 4 % profit with limited risk.

All option strategies are designed specific to the market conditions. You need to have a sense of either market direction or volatility to implement a particular strategy in your trades. For ex: Bull spread works when you are slightly bullish on market and Long Strangle works when you are expecting volatility to rise. I think there is no no strategy which works in all market conditions.

If you are a beginner I would suggest you to paper trade below three strategies:

  • Bull/Bear Spread
  • Short Straddle
  • Diagonal Calendar Spreads

Options are tricky instrument & it is very important to understand fully before one trades them, but having said that, yes, they can be a source of consistent income.One of the not so favored strategy among retail traders is Shorting options. A simple example to show how it works and how it can be used to achieve 5-10% return monthly:

Let say, You are bullish on Wipro and it was trading at 650 odd levels on 5th Mar’,2015. Now, you can harness your bullish view by shorting a lower put of the same stock. A 4% lower put, 620 PE was trading at 3.20 on 5th Mar’, 2015. Shorting a 620 PE at 3.20 would give a credit of = 3.20*500 (Lot size)=1600/Lot

Margin Required =40,000 (Approx)
Return on Margin=1600/40000*100= 4%

By employing this strategy, you are giving a cushion of 4% downside on a stock you expect to move up in coming days.The probability of success in shorting options is very high as 80% of the options expire worthless & only 20% expire In-the-money. If this probability can be mixed in a right way with technical of stocks, it can surely be a way to consistent returns.

The downside is that it is an unlimited risk strategy, but that is where you have to be smarter. You can always exit the counter at a minimal loss, if the strategy goes wrong. i,e if you shorted at 3.20, you can place a stop at 5.00. However, the success rate will always be more in shorting options.


How Iam making profits with NIFTY Options Call Put Intraday Trading? What is my Strategy? What You need?

1. Basic Understanding of Index options, Call Put etc.

2. Good PC and or Laptop with UPS (In case of power failure)
3. Broadband Internet/ 3G Net connection.
4. TV with CNBC Channel (For latest news)
5. Good Android smart phone with 3G Internet and required App's.
6. Good Discount brokerage Account which charges you less brokerages. (Iam Using

7. After having everything set, what do you want. Most Importantly you need some tips from somewhere. Generally small investors trade on news seen on TV. They just watch CNBC or some other channel and makes their own decision to trade. But I have seen that they generally make losses with this approach. Small Investors always think that there are people inside market who can give valuable tips about doing intraday trading. After researching in Internet about these tips, I found that these tips do not serves the purpose.

8. I have subscribed for famous intraday tips for Rs 10000 (Oh my god) for one month, He generally gives one tip in a day. I was trading with major brokerage with 3 in 1 account. After one month trading, what i can see is Rs 10000 for TIPS + Rs 22500 for Brokerage + Rs 2500 Loss = A total loss of Rs 35000.

9. Tips worked for only half time, so what you got is what you loose and some dynamic trading by me made 2500 loss.

10. I have paid Rs 22500 as brokerages (Can u believe this?).

11. Paid Rs 10000 for tips.

After that I have changed my plan stopped trading for a month and checked what went wrong with me? I got this

12. I came to know that in Intraday trading, brokerage commission will play an important role, it adds to the buying cost of a stock / future / option . If it’s high then it would be difficult for the trader to make some good profit intraday. So I have Immediately shifted to zerodha. Zerodha he charges Rs 20 each order irrespective of size of order. And another advantage is you can save 90% on brokerages (Even 100%) with zerodha. 100% Saving on brokerages How? Zerodha presents the 60 day challenge which gives traders on equity (stocks and F&O), currency, and commodity exchanges an opportunity to put their trading skills to test. If you trade for 60 Days and stays in profits, your complete brokerage charged during this 60 days period will be refunded (What an offer).

13. And most importantly i have shifted to a wonderful Automatic buy sell signal software based on Amibroker AFL Formaula. Which generates buy and sell signals in live market and its very cheap. Rs 1000 only for Equity/F&O. So i have subscribed and started trading. You can see the Image below which shows the Automatic buy sell signa and its features (Comment here for more info on Automatic buy sell signal) (Please note that Automatic buy sell signal is not my site Iam just an user of that site).

14. Now my life has changed, I have made Rs 10500 Profit after paying brokerages of Rs 2500 only and Rs 1000 for Automatic buy sell signal.

15. Several times I have missed heavy profits because i have squared off early. Now I got confidence and making nice profits.

Thanks and Happy & Profitable trading.