My First Option Trade: FTR Aug16'19 2 Put @0.45

Updated: 23 December, 2019 seen 113

Now, this is exciting - in the late evening of March 28th, 2019 (GMT) I made my first options trade (s).

To get to this point it took me a couple of months and a lot of reading, talking and watching YouTube videos. A huge learning curve and a lot of incomprehensible. Anyway - I just made it, my first options trade - probably really dumb, probably I will lose after all, but I feel very excited that at least I get it through.

Now, as you already can see from the title, here is what I did:

FTR Aug16'19 2 Put @0.45

What does it mean?

Investment Goal #7 - Selling Puts to Own / Generate Income

It means that I wrote (sell) a put option to buy FTR stock (X100) at $2 with expiry on August 16th, 2019. For that, I got paid $0.45 per share. Or $45. Also, I paid in a commission for this trade $2.40.

For me, It looks like a 22.5% yield in 142 days or 57.82%/year, now here is the bad news, the FTR stock is doing really bad lately, and there is really huge possibly that stock price will fall below $2 and I will be obligated to buy it. Now as I don't believe in this stock and I'm not looking to hold it long term, I should then quickly sell it off to keep this trade afloat. 

FTR stock price 5 year

5-year historical price of FTR stock

The good news, the break-even price for this trade is $1.55. If things will go South I hope there will be buyers for this stock.

The Bottom Line

I would like to say special thanks to Massimo, Oddmund and Zaki  - for shedding some light on options trading.


Hi! My name is Reinis Fischer (38), a proud dad and devoted husband. CEO and Founder of Terramatris crypto hedge fund, drone enthusiast, world traveler, photographer, and passionate lover of Georgian cuisine (vegetarian).

An ex-pat living in Georgia since 2011, I trade stocks, take photographs, work out at the gym, and many more. Here I write about travel, finance, and other things that might interest me.