An options chain is simply a table that shows the “greeks” and open interest (OI) for calls and puts for a given security. As an example below is an options chain for SPY for the month of February. Excuse all the colors on the chart but I want to highlight a few key areas.
Implied Volatility (IV): Designated by the red box this is possibly the most important yet least understood aspect of buying an option. In many ways it is more telling of the price of an option versus the actual price. Sounds odd I realize but the