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Placing an options trade

Robinhood empowers you to place your first options trade directly from your app.

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Placing an Options Trade (in app)

  1. Tap the magnifying glass in the top right corner of your home page
  2. Search the security you’d like to trade options for
  3. Tap the name of the security you’re looking for
  4. Tap Trade in the bottom right corner of the stock’s or ETF’s Detail page
  5. Tap Trade Options

You can learn about different options trading strategies in our by checking out Basic Options Strategies (Level 2) and Advanced Options Strategies (Level 3).

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Things to Consider When Choosing an Option

There are many things to consider when choosing an option:

  • The expiration date is displayed just below the strategy and underlying security. You can scroll right to see expirations further into the future.
  • The strike prices are listed high to low; and you can scroll up or down to see different strike prices.
  • The premium (price) and percent change are listed on the right of the screen.

    • What’s the price and percent change?
      • The value shown is the mark price (see below).
      • The +/- % change is today’s cost movement for the contract.
  • The break-even point is where the underlying security needs to trade at expiration for you to break even on your investment, taking into account the current value (premium) of the option.

  • The break-even percentage is the percentage change the underlying security would need to move for you to break even on the option at expiration.
  • The chance of profit percentage is the probability your investment could be profitable if you’ve chosen the “sell” strategy.
Keep in mind

“Chance of profit” is an estimate based on model assumptions and does not guarantee future results. Numerous factors that are not reducible to a model determine the actual chance of profit for a particular option contract or strategy.

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Good-til-Canceled versus Good-for-Day Orders

You can place Good-til-Canceled or Good-for-Day orders on options. A Good-til-Canceled order remains open for 90 days until you cancel it, or it’s filled. A Good-for-Day order is automatically canceled at market close on the day it’s placed if it doesn’t execute.

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Options Valuations and Mark Price

The “value” of the option is the number that we display on the top right corner of the options contract (e.g. $.35). This is the value we use to calculate your overall portfolio value on your home screen and in your graphs. This value is the option’s mark price. The mark price is the midpoint between the bid price and the ask price, and it’s used as the simplest way to help determine the theoretical value of an option.

Note

If no buyers are currently available in the market, the mark price will display as $0.01.

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Levels

We’re required to evaluate whether various levels of options strategies are appropriate for customers, based on information such as their trading experience, investment objectives, and financial situation. Each brokerage has the discretion to set the specific parameters for their customers. At Robinhood Financial, if you’re given a Level 2 designation, you can execute the following options trades:

  • Long Calls, Long Puts
  • Covered Calls
  • Cash-Covered Puts

If you’re given a Level 3 designation, you can execute all of the above trades, along with the whole collection of limited risk spreads, including Iron Condors, Iron Butterflies, and Credit Spreads.

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Day Trades

Just like stock or ETF trading, buying and selling (or selling and buying) the same options contract on the same day will result in a day trade. It’s the same contract if the ticker symbol, strike price, expiration date, and type (call or put) are all the same.

Keep in mind

You’re generally limited to no more than 3 day trades in a 5 trading day period, unless you have at least $25,000 of portfolio value (minus any cryptocurrency positions) in your Instant or Gold account at the end of the previous day.

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Disclosures

Options trading entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all investors. Certain complex options strategies carry additional risk. Robinhood Financial does not guarantee favorable investment outcomes and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities, or other financial products. Investors should consider their investment objectives and risks carefully before investing. To learn more about the risks associated with options, please read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before you begin trading options. Supporting documentation for any claims, if applicable, will be furnished upon request.

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