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What is buy to open vs buy to close?

Buy to Open Transactions
Use the buy to open transaction order when you want to purchase a call or put option. Buy to open lets you establish a long or short position in the underlying security. To close out the trade, you must buy the call or put option back using a sell to close transaction order.

Also know, what does buy to open and buy to close mean?

"Buy to open" is a term used by brokerages to represent the establishment of a new (opening) long call or put position in options. The "sell to close" order is used to exit a position taken with a buy to open order.

Secondly, what is the difference between sell open and sell close?

Buying to open a call position means the trader wants the stock price to rise so the option makes money. Whenever a buy to open order is used, a sell to close order must be used to exit the position. Sell to open – buy to close. If a trader wants to short an option, he/she would use a sell to open order.

Is it better to sell or exercise an option?

When you exercise an option, you usually pay a fee to exercise and a second commission to sell the shares. This combination is likely to cost more than simply selling the option and there is no need to give the broker more money when you gain nothing from the transaction.

What happens when you sell a put?

That's what selling put options allows you to do. When you sell a put option on a stock, you're selling someone the right, but not the obligation, to make you buy 100 shares of a company at a certain price (called the “strike price”) before a certain date (called the “expiration date”) from them.
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