White Paper
Learning from the Mistakes of Others
Three Common Missteps of Failed Options Strategies

Every once in a while, an options strategy fails, makes headlines, and investors are spooked and cast off all options strategies as risky and dangerous investments. This is unfortunate because options strategies can help investors meet their investment objectives. 

It is not the options themselves that are risky. It is how they are used that matters. 

There are lessons to be learned from the mistakes of others, and rather than discard these experiences entirely, we should learn from them. This white paper delves into three common missteps that have plagued some options strategies in the past: 

  1. Excessive Leverage
  2. Lack of Liquidity
  3. Inadequate Risk Controls

Marc Odo, CFA®, FRM®, CAIA®, CIPM®, CFP®, Client Portfolio Manager. examines each of these and how they may contribute to the failure of an options-based strategy. These are important elements to question in due diligence meetings when considering options-based strategies.