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Old Jun 26, 2010, 4:52pm   #1
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What is a good options broker for a UK resident to trade at?

I have a fairly low budget of $1k does anyone know a place where you can open an options account that size?

I want to open the account because I would like to make some long plays on BP, I want to do this without a stop loss to reduce my risk and think that options offer me the best deal for this. (please correct me if I'm wrong)

Is it possible to buy 1 year call options on BP? Is it comparably cheaper than spread betting BP?

Regards Seb.

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Old Jun 27, 2010, 12:59pm   #2
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I wouldn't get involved in options if I were you unless you have a good grip on option volatility and how it affects the price of all options, often more so than how the underlying moves.

For example, do you understand that it's possible for you to buy a deep out of the money call on BP, the stock then rallies 40% but the option position loses money.

If you don't understand how the above is possible then it's odds on you'll lose money.

Just trying to be helpful so you don't lose money
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 2:00pm   #3
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I wouldn't get involved in options if I were you unless you have a good grip on option volatility and how it affects the price of all options, often more so than how the underlying moves.

For example, do you understand that it's possible for you to buy a deep out of the money call on BP, the stock then rallies 40% but the option position loses money.

If you don't understand how the above is possible then it's odds on you'll lose money.

Just trying to be helpful so you don't lose money
Thanks for stopping by anley.

My understanding is that this is due to the exponential time decay on expiration which effects pricing.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 3:47pm   #4
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Nope, nothing much to do with time decay.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 4:24pm   #5
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Nope, nothing much to do with time decay.
And volatility ofcourse.
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Old Jul 2, 2010, 5:41am   #6
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What amazing about BP is it now has weekly options available, this is one widely held stock.
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Old Aug 3, 2010, 4:42pm   #7
 
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What amazing about BP is it now has weekly options available, this is one widely held stock.
Is anyone trading BP options (Calls/Puts)???
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Old Aug 5, 2010, 12:09am   #8
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No, but trading weekies on the OEX and ES. Volume is growing.
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