03 Nov '11, 4am

Here are the reasons why retail investors should avoid options....

The problem herein lies the the simple mentality of retail investors, especially here in Singapore, where they only know how to "BUY" a financial instrument (ie blue chips shares, unit trust, etfs, etc). With options and futures, you can can go both ways. You can initiate a SHORT (SELL) position and close out your position later with a LONG (BUY). If you just know how to BUY options, of course you will lose money because 3/4 of all options expires out of the money. Options writers are like your Singapore Pools and options buyers are like your punters. There will be only 1 first prize. If you are properly train and educate yourself with the necessary knowledge, you should be able to write option like the market makers. and contrary to most misguided belief that writing otpions has "unlimited" risk, it is less risky than buy a stock outright. The options professional preys i...

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