Put Bull Spread

Put Bull Spread

Components

Long one put option and short another put option with a higher strike price.

Risk / Reward

Maximum Loss: Limited to the difference between the two strike prices minus the net premium received for the position.

Maximum Gain: Limited to the net credit received for the spread. I.e. the premium receieved for the short option less the premium paid for the long option.

Characteristics

When to use: When you are bullish on market direction.

A Put Bull Spread has the same payoff as the Call Bull Spread except the contracts used are put options instead of call options. Even though bullish, a trader may decide to place a put spread instead of a call spread because the risk/reward profile may be more favourable. This may be the if the ITM call options have a higher implied volatility than the OTM put options. In this case, a call spread would be more expensive to initiate and hence the trader might prefer the lower cost option of a put spread.

Comments (3)

Peter

April 15th, 2013 at 7:19pm

Hi GB,

Your 85 put expires worthless so your gain on that side is the premium i.e. price of the option sold x 10 x 100 (multiplier).

As the 87.5 put is in the money and you are short means you will be called upon by the put option buyer to buy the stock at the strike price. So you have now purchased the shares at a price of 87.5 (strike) while the stock is trading at 86.14. Each option carries a multiplier of 100 shares per option contract and you have 10 contracts so your loss on this component is 1,360.

gb

April 12th, 2013 at 5:23pm

what happens if the short put expired in the money but the long put did not in a bull put spread. scenario sold 87.5 put, bought 85 put, stock closed at 86.14. margin requirement was 2500 for 10 contracts less credit received. do I lose all the 2500 (less credit) if I did not buy the sold put on expiration? any input will be appreciated.

edwardlog2

June 2nd, 2012 at 8:40am

Hi,,

Good discussion. I went through the graph. It is same as the call bull spread. But it held different when we talk about the price market. Bear call spread as work on both buying and selling trading system. You suggest well and you need to keep it up..

Thanks

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