This week Ether (ETH) price finally broke through the $2,000 level as aggressive institutional inflow through Grayscale Investments products and declining exchange reserves signaled that buying pressure was increasing.
While many traders are skilled at using perpetual futures and the basic margin investing tools available on most exchanges, they may be unaware of additional instruments that can be used to maximize their gains. One simple way, albeit expensive, is buying Ether call option contracts.
Ether 60-day historical volatility. Source: TradingView
For example, a March 26 call option with a $1,760 strike trades at $340. In the current situation, the holder would only profit if Ether trades above $2,180 in 39 days, a 21% gain from the current $1,800. If Ether remains flat at $1,800, this trader will lose $300. This is certainly not an excellent risk-reward profile.
By using call (buy) options and puts (sell), a trader can create strategies to reduce this cost and improve the potential gains.