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"How To Calculate Options Profit and Loss in Percentage?"

Hi, I'm newbie in options trading. I would like to learn about options trading and get my financial freedom. I hope you can help me to answer the below: how to calculate the profit/loss in percentage? The example given are all in hundred based (mean % x 100) . example: i bought $40 call at trading $1.25. The share now trade at $40. after one week, it move up to $44.50. how much the profit (in %) i gain? can you show be the formula?

Asked on 2 April 2009

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Answered by Mr. OppiE

Hi Kelly,

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Calculating profit in loss in terms of percentage in options trading is really the same as calculating profit and loss of any other investments. It is simply a function of the profit returned versus the amount of capital that was invested.

From your example, if you bought at the money $40 strike price call options on a stock trading at $40 and the stock moves up to $44.50 after a week, your call options would probably be worth about $5.00 now. Since you bought those call options at $1.25 and is selling them for $5.00 now, you made $5.00 - $1.25 = $3.75. Therefore, your profit in terms of percentage would be: $5.00 - $1.25 = $3.75 / $1.25 = 3 or 300%. Its that simple.




In conclusion, to calculate your % gain from an options trade, all you have to do is to take the net profit or loss and divide it by the capital committment into the position will do.




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Hi Mr. OppiE,

Thanks for your answer. it help me to understand more. Thanks!


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