If you are an experienced investor and want to invest in options, our comprehensive platform and low rates makes it easy to do so. See a complete overview of our unprecedented fees on our fee page.
Then, you are at the right place. When you open an account with us, you cannot invest in options directly. For complex financial products such as options, you need an Active or Trader account to be able to invest in this product, which involves extra appropriateness tests and conditions. Watch the video on the left to learn more about investing in complex financial products, such as options.
Options are a type of derivative that gives the buyer of the contract the possibility to buy or sell the underlying asset, depending on if it is a call or a put. Buying a call gives you the right to buy the underlying asset, whereas a put gives you the right to sell. For this right, buyers pay a premium to sellers. Options contracts will always have a specific expiration date and exercise price.
Unlike other financial products such as stocks, with options, you do not pay the full cash amount upfront or own the underlying product. Instead, you deposit initial margin to enter the options contract. Since only a percentage of the contract’s value needs to be put up initially, options are highly leveraged financial instruments. This means that slight price movements can have a significant impact.
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Due to their relatively high risk and complexity, options are not suitable for beginner or inexperienced investors. Investors that choose to invest in options can bear a loss of capital and generally have a shorter investment horizon. Even for the most experienced investors, losses can be substantial.
If you are a beginning investor, it is best to start off with basic financial products, such as stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and investment funds. With these, potential losses are limited to your initial investment.
Investing in options can help with risk management and speculation. In terms of risk management, investors can use options to hedge price movements of the underlying product. On the other hand, speculators can use options to profit from price movements of the underlying product.Open an account
Investing in options can be rewarding, but it comes with high risk. You can end up losing more than your initial investment. In some cases, the maximum loss is unlimited. We recommend only investing in financial products that match your knowledge and experience and only entering into obligations that you can meet with money that you do not need in the short term.
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If you activate your DEGIRO investment account before the 1st of October 2022, DEGIRO will reimburse your transaction fees up to CHF 100. The following conditions apply to this offer:
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Participation in the offer is open to all clients who have activated an account at DEGIRO on or before the 30th of September 2022.