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"Is Writing Put Options Speculating or Hedging?"

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"Is Writing Put Options Speculating or Hedging?"

When I write (Sell To Open) put options, am I considered to be speculating or hedging?

Asked on 14 Oct 2010

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Answered by Mr. OppiE

Hi Mary,

Options are extremely versatile trading instruments. In fact, options could be the most versatile derivative instrument ever created. As such, when you write put options, it could be both for the purpose of speculation or hedging depending on how you do it.

Writing put options are speculative when you write put options with the intention to profit when the underlying stock remains stagnant or moves upwards. There are no other trades or positions for which you are writing these put options on. When you write put options, you profit when the underlying stock eventually close higher than the strike price of the put options written by expiration. This will allow the put options to expire out of the money reaping you the premium as profit.

For instance, if you write AAPL's $200 put options for $10, you will make that full $10 as profit if AAPL close higher than $200 by expiration of the put options. This is known as a Naked Put Write strategy.

Writing put options are hedging when you write put options in order to protect existing stock or options positions. Writing put options gives you positive delta and can therefore be used for protecting any negative delta positions such as a short stock, long put or short call position.

For instance, if you are long AAPL's $200 put options and you wish to partially hedge this position, you could write further out of the money put options on top of this position in order to transform it into a Bear Put Spread position.

In conclusion, whether writing put options is speculative or hedging depends on the purpose for which you are writing those put options. Such is the versatility of options trading and is why a comprehensive understanding of options before you try trading them is critical.

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