selling options before expiration
Selling options before expiration on IQ Option

Options available on the IQ Option platform

The most popular financial instrument on IQ Option is binary and digital options. One could even say that these are the flagship products of this broker. Used skilfully they can be a good source of profits. In options, it is important to accurately predict the future price direction. When opening a position in options, you decide on the assumed direction, the size of the position and the expiry time, i.e. the moment at which your option is exercised.

How to sell options before the expiration time

You can sell an option ahead of schedule without waiting for its expiration. Thus you will lock in your profit or limit losses in the case that there is a high risk that the price will move in the opposite direction.

Selling options before expiration
Selling options before expiration is not always the best idea

To sell an option ahead of expiration. Press the sell button located in the top-right corner of your chart. Notice in the EURUSD chart above that the option is currently profitable and there are still 17 seconds to expiry. The expected profit is 86 cents, which is the full price of this option because you can see at this moment that the prediction was right. By selling the option at this moment we will secure 23 cents, which is a small part of the potential profit. It is not always profitable to sell an option before expiry. Remember that it is mainly a tool to minimise losses and it is used in exceptional situations.

Selling multiple options before expiration on IQ Option

To sell all options of the same asset click Sell All button. If you want to sell certain options, click the information button next to Sell All and select the options you would like to sell before the expiry.

Selling multiple options before expiration on IQ Option
Selling multiple options before expiration on IQ Option

The information about your investment amounts, expected profit and profit after the sale will be available in the same window. Please note that the sell button is not always active for binary options you can sell an option when there is more than 15 seconds left before expiration for short term options.

And more than two minutes for long term options. If the expiration is scheduled for the end of the day week or month, the sell button is available when there is less than 45 minutes.

When selling options before expiration is a good idea

I have already written that selling options before expiration should only be done in exceptional situations. What situations might these be? I myself use this tool mainly when I open a position by mistake. It happens that an option position is opened with the wrong rate or expiry time. Instead of counting on luck and waiting for what will happen, you can quickly sell the option. In such a case it is often possible to come out at zero, i.e. the position that was opened by mistake did not happen.

Sometimes, however, it will happen that I open a position according to the strategy and my trading plan. But the market goes the other way. When I see that the rationale for opening a position is no longer valid, and the market shows signs of moving in the opposite direction, I can look for opportunities to reduce the loss. Often the loss can be reduced by selling the option before expiry.

Today you have learned another tool that allows you to develop a market advantage over other traders. By selling an option before expiry you are able to minimise your losses in certain situations or correct a mistake you made in trading. Log in to the IQ Option platform now and try out the new functionality. Consider in which situations selling options before expiration would be a good solution for your trading plan.

Enjoy your trading.


IQ option products like CFDs and options are investments that can be risky. This means that if you invest in them, you could lose your money quickly. In fact, 83% of people who invest in CFDs with this provider "IQ Option" lose money. You should make sure you understand how CFDs work and if you can afford to risk losing your money. Remember, this article is not giving you any advice about investing. Any information about what happened in the past or what could happen in the future is just an opinion and not guaranteed to be true. Including examples given in the content displayed. Be warned!

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Niels Hammer

Trading and investing are lifelong pursuits for me, and I will most likely never stop learning about them. I started trading with IQ Option in 2014 and have been with them ever since. And I've seen the platform mature. Nowadays, I'm very interested in cryptocurrency and am attempting to learn and invest my time and money in it. On the other hand, I try to help you guys as much as I can with this blog. Happy trading!

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