The first—and perhaps biggest—challenge of options trading is understanding what an option is.
An option is a contract giving you the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a specific security at a specific price over a specific period of time. After that period of time has elapsed (known as “expiration day”), the option ceases to exist.
A call option gives you the right to buy the security.
A put option gives you the right to sell the security.
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