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Options: The Difference in Buying and Selling a Call and a Put

April 28th, 2015

Understanding the difference between calls and puts can be easy in the beginning, but as you start selling calls and puts, it gets a little more complicated.

I want to take you through the four different situations in relation to calls and puts. Buying a call, selling a call, buying a put and selling a put.

Buying a Call

Calls have an expiration date and infinite amount of profit. So unlimited upside and limited downside.

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Buying a Put

A put will give us an unlimited profit if the stock heads lower, but limited loss if the stock heads higher.

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Selling a Call

You have to sell at a lower price but limited downside.

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Selling a Put

Also sells at a lower price, but if the put goes higher - will have a very big upside but the opposite is also true, if it goes to the downside, potential to lose money is also a huge risk.

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Anytime you're selling a call or put - it's best if there's no movement, as you'll get your investment back. However, if a call moves up, you lose money. If a put moves up, you make money.

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