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Trade Logic Unlocked

Why Trading Options is Not a Zero Sum Game

Trade Logic Unlocked

Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before deciding to invest in options.

It might seem at first glance that trading options is a zero sum game, where in the end, a trader is simply left with nothing to show for their efforts. On a contract-by-contract basis, trading options is a zero sum game, as what the buyer profits the seller loses, and vice versa.

But over time, trading options is not a zero sum game, not even for defined-risk trades, simply because implied volatility continues to overwhelm realized volatility.

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