What is the options assignment risk?
Trading options is a very lucrative way to make money in the stock market. Using the same methods that I teach in my trading PowerX Trading Strategy, I was able to turn a 25k account into a 45k account in 2 months!
25K to 45K in 2 months? This sounds too good to be true… and I would like to tell you that it is NOT too good to be true, but there are some inherent risks associated with options trading.
ONE of the biggest risks, and possibly the MOST common risk associated with trading options are options assignment risks.
As you may know by now, options contracts expire. When you purchase an options contract you have the right to exercise the contract, and buy or sell the underlying asset for the agreed-upon price. If you allow the contract to expire in the money (ITM) you run the risk of being assigned the 100 shares of the underlying stock.
This is known as an options assignment risk.
Specific Examples of Options With Different Expiration Dates
In the example we’re going to discuss today, we’re going to look at how options expiration or the length of time to expiration can affect your options assignment risk.
To illustrate the relationship between options assignment risk and options expiration, we’re going to look at trading a 315 call options contract on Apple (AAPL) with 7 days left until expiration. The current strike price of AAPL is 318.
This options contract is currently trading for $6, but only has $3 of intrinsic value. If you were to exercise the option, you would be able to purchase the AAPL stock for $315, and you would capture $3 of profit. If you sell the option, you’ll earn twice that, because the options contract is selling for $6.
The difference in the cost of the intrinsic value ($3) of the option and actual value ($6) of the option has to do with time decay. As the option contract gets closer to its expiration date, time decay erodes the value of the options contract.
In our next example, we’ll look at trading the same options contract with a $315 strike price, but with 0 days to expiration.