Top 5 Options Calculators Reviewed

New to options investing or looking to level up your approach to options trades? Maybe you have been trading single leg calls and puts and want to understand how multi-leg option strategies work. We’ve rounded up the top options calculator tools available online and compared them.

New to options investing or looking to level up your approach to options trades? Maybe you have been trading single leg calls and puts and want to understand how multi-leg option strategies work. We’ve rounded up the top options calculator tools available online and compared them.

All of these share some of the same useful features: grabbing the latest stock prices, showing the cost of the trade, and giving the option legs needed. But none of them can link to your brokerage to execute the trade. Once you have found a strategy you like, you then have to execute the trade at your brokerage which is an added hurdle. Some brokerages offer their own trading tools (like TD Ameritrade's Think or Swim), but they cover much more than options and can be intimidating for new users.

Options Finder on OptionsProfitCalculator
Option Finder on OptionsProfitCalculator

Options Profit Calculator

Pros

  • Free
  • Basic, no frills user interface
  • Good for investors with some technical knowledge of options

Cons

  • Must manually customize your inputs (strikes, expiry, price per option) 
  • Cannot easily compare different strikes
  • Option Finder only presents “top 5” strategies with limited ability to filter or adjust criteria

Options Industry Council - Covered Combinations strategy
Strategy Builder on OIC

Options Industry Council (OIC) 

Pros

  • Free 
  • Basic strategy builder, minimal manual inputs
  • Options calculator shows prices and Greeks calculated with Black-Scholes model

Cons

  • Limited to 4 types of strategies: cash secured puts, collar, covered calls, and covered combinations 
  • Calculations based on data at previous day’s close

OptionStrat Optimizer and Visualizer
OptionStrat Optimizer

OptionStrat

Pros

  • Optimizer is straightforward, minimal manual inputs
  • Trades can be saved and monitored over time simulating a paper trade

Cons

  • Free features use delayed data
  • Probability of profit only available to paid members

Options strategy visualizer
Unusual Whales Options Profit Calculator

Unusual Whales

Pros

  • Summary descriptions for each strategy
  • Advanced PnL charts and tables
  • Trades can be saved and shared

Cons

  • Free features use delayed data
  • Advanced user interface may be confusing for beginners or those with limited options experience

CBOE Options strategy visualizer
CBOE Trade Optimizer

CBOE

Pros

  • Free
  • Basic trade optimizer, minimal manual inputs

Cons

  • Visualizer is limited, difficult to compare different strikes
  • Does not show maximum risk or probability of winning

The bottom line

As you can see, manually calculating profit and loss for options trading takes time and often a considerable level of experience to modify the strategies to suit your needs. Olive approaches optimizing options strategies in a completely new and more intuitive way that is suitable for all investors. Plus, once you find the strategy you want, you can seamlessly execute the trade with one click.

Leave the calculators and Greeks behind, join Olive and reimagine the way you approach options. 

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