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Tackle Today: Delta is for Direction

February 22, 2022

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Tackle Today: Delta is for Direction

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Traders,

Delta might be the most fascinating Greek for the simple fact that it is multi-dimensional. It has not one but three primary definitions or uses. Today we’ll look at the first.

Delta measures how much you make/lose if the stock rises $1.

Bullish positions have a positive delta, signaling you profit from a price rise. This includes long stock, long calls, and short puts.

In the case of stock, one share equals one delta. So, if I’m long 225 shares of stock, my delta is 225.

Options operate slightly differently when it comes to delta. One contract could represent anywhere between zero and one delta, depending on whether the option resides in- or out-of-the-money. For example, if I’m long a call with a delta of 0.60, then I make 60 cents per share per $1 move in the stock.

And since most options control 100 shares of stock, we would say that a 0.60 delta call rises $60 for every $1 move in the stock. That is 0.60 x 100 shares = $60.

Bearish positions have a negative delta, signaling you lose when prices rise. This includes short stock, long puts, and short calls. They behave similarly to everything we explained, except they lose money when the underlying stock rises.

Tomorrow we’ll look at how delta reflects the probability of making money.


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Chart of the Day: Tracking Delta on Thinkorswim (TOS)

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