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Why was my option trading application rejected?

Option trading entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all investors. Option investors can rapidly lose the value of their investment in a short period of time and incur permanent loss by expiration date. You need to complete an options trading application and get approval on eligible accounts. Please read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options and Option Spread Risk Disclosure before trading options. 

There are several reasons why your option trading application was rejected:

1.     Insufficient General Investment Experience

  • Extensive: You are a savvy investor in stocks and options.  You’re familiar with the concepts of cash and margin accounts, shorting, and understand option strategies such as multi-leg options and naked writing.
  • Good: You’re comfortable with making investment decisions and know the fundamentals regarding stocks and options.  You understand going long an option and or understand spread trading.  You’re not yet a seasoned investor who understands all levels of option strategies.
  • Not Much: You may or may have not bought a stock before but understand the very basics.  You may or may not have traded an option before but desire to employ a defined limited risk and reward covered call and cash secured put strategy.
  • None: You’ve never made your own investments before in the stock market.

2.     Insufficient Option Investment Experience. Please refer to the below guide for Option Investment Experience as it relates to option trading levels.

  • Excellent 5 Years+
  • Good 3-5 Years
  • Limited 1-2 Years
  • None

3.     Insufficient Risk Tolerance. Please refer to the below guide for Risk Tolerance as it relates to option trading levels.

  • High: You can sustain a quick decrease in the value of your option if the stock price moves in the opposite direction of your strategy. More so, you can tolerate a 100% loss in the value of the option overtime. You understand the risks of using margin plus shorting and can withstand losses more than your initial deposit amount.
  • Considerable: You can sustain a quick decrease in the value of your option and can lose 100% of your investment in your option strategy. For example, you buy a put to hedge your portfolio but the market trades higher, your investment in the put decreases rapidly and eventually expires worthless.
  • Moderate: Your risk is relatively low and hedged with stock and cash so the downside is limited to the performance of the underlying stock. You also have exposure to unrealized losses on short options until expiration date.
  • Zero: You can’t sustain any unrealized or realized losses in your investment.

4.     Inconsistent Investment Objectives. Please refer to the guide on Investment Objectives as it relates to option trading levels. Please refer to the below guide for Options Investment Objectives as it relates to option trading levels.

  • Income: Generate income by selling option premiums. This involves writing calls and put options including credit spreads. This does not mean income through trading profits.
  • Capital Preservation: To preserve capital by preventing loss while at the same time growing it, albeit at a lower rate which may or may not keep up with the rate of inflation. This may involve purchasing a protective put to hedge a stock position as well as selling covered calls and cash secured puts.
  • Growth: Investing long in companies with growth prospects. Returns can vary from high, modest, and negative. This can include going long a call and entering a bullish call spread.
  • Speculation: Trading aimed at achieving profits in price movements through long, naked, and complex multi-leg option strategies.
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