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Call option as leverage

An option, like a call option, can provide leverage because it allows a bet on a stock to be multiplied many times. Learn how call options provide leverage in this video. Created by Sal Khan.

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• At 1min29sec, Khan says making \$15 off a \$5 investment (Call Option) is a 300% gain. Should it be a 200% gain? A 100% gain on \$5 would be \$10 (doubling your money); hence, tripling your money should be a 200% gain. Am I correct?
• look like youre confuse.
\$15 is net gain (\$20-\$5).
\$15 is 300% from \$5.
So 300% gain(\$15) plus your \$5 = \$20 gross profit.
• If you want to completely secure your position, isn't it possible to both buy a call option and a put option? Then, regardless of the rise/fall of the stock, you can sell it with a profit (assuming it rises/falls more than what you paid for the options in total)?
• The option market functions in a way that over half of all options must expire worthless (some stats say it's actually over 75%). If this wasn't the case, no one would be willing to sell options. So, more often then not, you're options are going to expire worthless. If you buy both a put and a call option, one of those options must double in value just to break even. That's a pretty big move. The bigger the move required to make a profit, the more likely the option will expire worthless.
• My question relates to evaluating percent gain. In a bullish scenario, the stock goes up from \$50 to \$80. At , Sal states the call option costs only five dollars--thus a profit of \$15 and 300% return. However, I am confused why this move is considered leveraged. Once the investor decides to exercise the option, they have to come up with the \$60 to pay for the security. So isn't total capital deployed \$65 (\$5 for option and \$60 for security) and the percent gain only 23% (\$80/\$65) considerably less than the \$50 deployed and the 60% gain of purchasing the security?
• The reason that you do not say that the \$60 is not up front is because there is no need to put the money aside for the writer when you buy the option. You can invest the money however you want. In fact, you don't even need to own the \$60. You can use a credit card, which is basically borrowing \$60 and paying the bank back later, and there would be virtually no interest on it, because you would be able to pay the money back within the day.
• At , Sal mentioned that the option gave us leverage, how does it happen here? I was reading through how some derivatives like contracts for difference (CFDs) do give leverage, like having to invest just 5% and borrow the other 95%, but how does leverage come about in option?
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• Options allow you to control more of the underlying at a fraction of the cost.

You buy stock options in groups of 100. 100 options will cost you far less than buying 100 shares, but your profit and loss will move as if you had 100 shares.
• How is the % gain 3oo when a call option is exercised? What about the additional strike money which needs to be paid? Shouldn't the upfront capital then be \$65 (60 + 5)?
• You don't have to pay the strike price, you just sell the call option.
• What if I have \$100 and used all of my money buying 20 call options at \$5 a piece that allow me to buy each stock at \$60. Could I still execute the options to sell the stocks at \$80 and make \$20 on each one even though I do not have the \$60 to buy the stock up front?
• You will not be able to buy 20 contracts with \$100. The \$5 option premium is per share not per contract. Each option controls 100 shares, so you would need \$500 per contract. For 20 contracts you would need \$10000. For the scenario to work with \$100 it would require the option premium to be .05 cents instead of \$5 dollars. This is possible for options that are expiring soon or deep out of the money(OTM). OTM meaning the strike price is much higher than the current spot price of the underlying stock.
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• At .59 we didn't loose 100%--we only lost the price of the option which was \$5.00. Is that correct?
• What if once the stock reaches \$60 and we exercise our call option and then the stock plummets? In such a scenario, the maximum loss that we could suffer is \$65. So, isn't a call option associated with its share of risks as well. Wouldn't a long-buy be preferable?
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• Why did you exercise your option instead of just selling it?
When you exercised the option, that WAS a buy. Now you own the stock, it doesn't matter how you got it. You are exposed to whatever happens to it.
• Hi,
lets say i buy a call option for \$5. @ the stike price of \$25. and the stock price rises to \$50.
am i restricted to howmany shares i can excercise my call option ?
or when i purchase the option i would indicate the number of shares i can use, if i decide to use the option. how does this part work.. Thanks in advance.