Options and the Greeks

Discussion in 'Investing' started by RandomHero, Feb 22, 2021.

  1. RandomHero

    RandomHero New Member

    Feb 22, 2021
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    Hello All,

    Question regarding the Greeks when buying calls/puts:

    Say I'm buying a call with a strike price of $50. The DELTA is 0.4156, the GAMMA is .026 and the THETA is -0.26. Call expires 3/5. With the THETA being so high in comparison to the DELTA, would this call be worthless after two days (basically)? Am I reading into this correctly?

    Appreciate any help, I'm relatively new to this.
  2. StockJock-e

    StockJock-e Brew Master
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    Apr 3, 2016
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    Delta is just telling you that everybody feels the stock has a 41% chance of expiring ITM.

    Theta is telling you the time decay. Personally I dont spend too much time worried about the greeks unless its the volatility. The single biggest issue you need to worry about it getting the time and price correct! Volatility is a close second in importance because if a stock has been extremely volatile, the options will be expensive to buy and could lose value if the stock simply goes sideways.
    Rustic1 and Onepoint272 like this.

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