Options

Manage risk and generate potential income
  • Manage the risk that comes with unexpected market moves
  • Seek income on your investments
  • Techniques to help diversify your portfolio
50¢ - 75¢

per contract plus $4.95 - $6.95 commission2

Custom orders

2, 3, and 4-leg options strategies

Why trade options?

Depending on how you use them, options can help earn extra income or manage risk. They offer potential benefits over the short- or the long-term for a wide range of investors.

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Manage risk

Options may provide a kind of protection. Certain options approaches can be used to hedge an investment's price movement.

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Generate income

Supplement your investing strategy with income from covered calls and cash-secured puts

 

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Create leverage

While subject to certain risks, options may help you generate income with lower initial outlay  

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Versatility  

With thousands of available options and strategies ranging from simple to complex, you can take virtually any market view over a varied time frame

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Get up to $600 plus 60 days of commission-free stocks and options trades


 for deposits of $10k or more.1 How it works

$

Get up to $600 plus 60 days of commission-free stocks and options trades


 for deposits of $10k or more.1 How it works

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Why trade options with E*TRADE?

Whether you’re an experienced trader or just starting out, our tools and market information let you track all the information you need to invest in options. 

  • Identify the strategies that may complement your investing goals with our comprehensive education offerings
  • Find the right options for your portfolio with our easy-to-use tools
  • Manage your portfolio with advanced analytics, streaming risk data (Greeks), custom trade tickets, and more
  • Simplify your trading with our intuitive pricing screens, trade tickets, and portfolio displays
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Have at it

We have the tools and resources you need to start working with options right now.

  • Explore opportunities with our free research and education content 
  • Get professional assistance from our service team
  • Narrow your choices with our screening and analysis tools
  • Buy, sell, and track your performance with our easy-to-use trading & portfolio management features

 

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Learn more about options 

Our knowledge section has info to get you up to speed and keep you there.3

 

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Options Fundamentals: Introduction

Basic

Review the fundamentals of options before you start trading. This seven part series will help...

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Options Fundamentals: Buying Calls & Puts

Basic

Review the fundamentals of options before you start trading. This seven part series will help...

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Options Fundamentals: Options Pricing

Advanced

Review the fundamentals of options before you start trading. This seven part series will help...

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Three Common Mistakes Options Traders Make

Basic

When you trade and invest with options, it's good to know about the common mistakes made by...

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