Options Delta: Understanding Delta in Options

   
Options Delta: Understanding Delta in Options

 

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Trading and investing in options is all about probabilities.

Determining the current probability of an option expiring in or out of the money is vital when trying to estimate the likelihood of your maximum loss or potential gains. You can also know what option traders think about the future potential of an option’s price. And knowing this is a good way to check your own estimates against other trader’s opinions.

One great way to quantify these estimates is by understanding delta, one of the “option Greeks.”

Delta is a measure of how fast an option’s price will move relative to the underlying stock.

Delta is also a measure of the current likelihood that an option will expire in the money. If delta is very high, the probability of an in-the-money expiration is also high.

That means that if your maximum loss is the premium you paid for the option, then a very high delta indicates a low probability of losing the entire premium.

In the video, we will look at how delta changes with the option premium and the distance of its strike price from the current market price.

 

 

Learn more about options Greeks.


John Jagerson is a contributor to LearningMarkets.com. To learn more about him, read his bio here.

 


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