Sep 26, 2017 01:47 PM IST | Source:

How to earn lucrative returns by trading options in a trending market

This instrument certainly looks appealing and tantalizing for most of the traders; but, one has to understand the risk factor involved in it.

Sneha Seth

The market that is moving in one direction or another is known as trending market. A bull market is trending upward while a bear market is trending downward. In a trending market, option trading gives higher positional returns as compared to cash or futures segment and in addition with other benefits like highly leveraging and limited risk (via naked option buying) makes it a most lucrative product during trending market.

Let’s take an example to have clarity on how can a trader fetch higher returns using options

Assume stock ‘ABC’ is in uptrend and is currently trading at 1000 (Spot), while in futures it is trading at a premium of Rs. 5 and 1000 call option is quoting Rs.25 (Lot size=800).

Investment required for different products are as follows:

For Cash segment,

Spot Price * Total Quantity = 1000*800 = Rs. 8,00,000

For Futures Segment,

In this segment, we only have to pay the margin amount which consist of initial and additional margin (initial margin = 8% and additional margin = 5% post deducting initial margin)


Total value (for 1 lot) = Future price * Lot size = 1005*800 = Rs. 8,04,000 Initial margin = 8,04,000*8% = Rs.64,320 Additional Margin = (8,04,000 – 64,320)*5% = Rs. 36,984

Total Margin = 64,320+36,984 = Rs. 1,01,304

For Options segment.

The total investment reduced drastically as here need to pay only the premium of the particular strike you planning to buy. In this case, we are buying At-The-Money call option 1000, which is quoting Rs 25/-


Total investment = Call Premium*Lots size = 25*800 = Rs. 20,000

Investment Summary
Total Investment
Cash Futures Options
8,00,000 1,01,304 20,000

Here, the total investment is lowest for position taken in options segment. The investment in options is merely 20% of Futures and 2.5% of cash segment transaction. This is clear evidence how highly leveraged options is as compared to others.

Now, suppose on the day of expiry ‘ABC’ closes at 1070.

Profit on expiry for all segment-

Cash segment – (1070-1000)*800 = 56,000 Futures – (1070 -1005)*800 = 52,000

Options Segment – (1070-1000)-25 = 36,000

Returns Summary
Total Investment
Cash Futures Options
56,000 52,000 36,000

Now, let’s see how much is the percentage gains for the investment made in each segment


Investment-Return   Summary

Amt (INR)
Market Segments Investment (INR) Return on Investment Absolute Term (INR) Return on Investment in %
Cash 80000 56000 7%
Future 101304 52000 26%
F&O 20000 36000 180%

In the above table, you can see the percentage returns of each segment. In case of equities, we have hardly made 7% of returns on the investment by blocking INR 8,00,000 and on the contrary in options with just by investing your small amount of Rs. 20,000, you made Rs. 36000/- which is 180% of the investment.

This is a power of trading ‘Options’. This instrument certainly looks appealing and tantalizing for most of the traders; but, one has to understand the risk factor involved in it. Hence, it’s advisable to gather proper knowledge about it; because, half knowledge is dangerous than no knowledge. Mind you, if it is handled properly with understanding, it can make wonders to your trading career. (The writer is Equity Derivative Research Analyst of Angel Broking)

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