V. 22:9 (57-58): Q&A by Don Bright
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I read that you were once an options market maker. I have a question about theta. Do you know when an option erodes due to theta decay? Is it continuous
throughout the day, or is it marked down at a specific time?
Thanks a lot ó riskreward
Theta refers to the daily reduction in option time premium. If you have an extra dollar of premium, and 20 days to go, you simply reduce your calculation by one day at a time. By using dates instead of actual days remaining, you donít have to concern yourself about
weekends and holidays. The intraday time decay does take effect the last few days before expiration, especially on expiration day, when the stock is trading
right at the expiration price of the operation. Then you might consider hourly calculations.
Traders generally use the mark-to-market daily close prices for calculations of all their greeks.