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What are options?

Options are contracts between two parties, giving the buyer the right – but not an obligation – to buy or sell an underlying security at a predetermined price at a specified time in the future.

They allow you to ‘lock in’ a future buy or sell price for a security, allowing price certainty. Options can:

  • Mitigate risk in a falling market
  • Enhance profit in a rising market
  • Generate income in a flat market

When used well, options may have the power to protect, grow or even diversify your investment portfolio. As options can be used regardless of market conditions, they are popular with many investors.

Like any investment, options have risks you need to understand. You should seek independent advice from a professional adviser before investing.  

ASX online courses 

Both courses have 10 modules with each module taking 20-25 minutes to complete

Reach Markets resources

The Trading 360 Summit (starts 6 October)

Join this 5-week education webcast series for expert insights on trading strategies and management approach.

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Reach Markets Live Webcasts

Two monthly trading webinars designed for you to ask questions live while presenters walk through an introduction to options and advanced options trading. (Free Sign-Up)

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Options Trading Game

Challenge your knowledge of options and sharpen your trading skills.

The next game will run from 19 October and end on 20 November 2020.

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