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Introduction to Theta Vaults

What are Theta Vaults?

Theta Vaults allow users to self-administer an automated European options selling strategy, which allows users to earn options premium (i.e. yield) on a weekly basis through writing out of the money options and collecting the premiums. We use the Vault terminology because it stems from the idea of depositing your assets into a vault and earning a yield on them, but these are effectively merely smart contracts allowing users to interact in a peer-to-peer manner.
Users can simply deposit and the vaults will automatically start running a specific option strategy. This alleviates a majority of the gas problems by socializing the gas costs across all the vault depositors: instead of doing 3–4 transactions per week per user, the vault will do 3–4 transactions per week for thousands of users at once. This makes the user experience of using these Theta Vaults extremely straightforward and relatively cheap.
Theta Vaults also allow you to choose when to participate or not to participate in the weekly strategy through a pause and resume function, so that you do not limit your usage options in relation to your market expectations.
There are two vault types currently active:
  1. 1.
    Covered call selling: each week the vault issues OTM (out of the money) call options on all deposits.
  2. 2.
    Put selling: each week the vault issues OTM put options on all deposits.