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Short Combo




The Short Combo is the precise opposite of a Long Combo. Instead of nearly replicating the Long Stock (or Futures) position, we nearly replicate the Short Stock (or Futures) position by buying OTM puts and selling OTM calls.


The net result is a virtually nil cost or even net credit trade that has uncapped risk potential as the stock rises.


Market Opinion






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When To Use


Use this strategy when you are in a bearish environment and wish to earn a capital gain.




XXXX is trading at $35.10 on June 1, 2011.

Buy August 2011 30 strike puts at $0.90.

Sell August 2011 40 strike calls at $1.00




With this strategy, you use no capital and yet are able to simulate a short stock position, and the ability to leg in and leg out as you wish.


Risk vs. Reward


The risk is uncapped if the stock rises, while the reward equals lower strike plus net credit, or less net debit.


Net Upside


Normally a net credit.


Net Downside


As the stock rises, your risk is uncapped.


Break Even Point


With net credits: higher strike plus net credit.


With net debits: lower strike minus net debit.


Effect of Volatility




Effect Of Time Decay


Positive. You are reducing time decay by buying and selling near-the-money options, so time decay is minimal.


Alternatives Before Expiration


Always close out the position before the last month of expiration.


To stem a loss, sell if the stock increases up through the stop loss.


Alternatives After Expiration


Close the position by selling the puts and buying back the calls.

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