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Why sell a cash-secured put?

Investors who anticipate that a stock won't trade below a certain price for a set time period can generate income by selling a put option. One such option trading strategy is selling a cash covered put option. This entails selling a put at a certain strike price while also posting cash as collateral in case the put option is exercised and shares are obligated to be purchased. The risk to this option strategy is that you may be forced to buy shares at a price above what the stock is currently worth. In addition, this means that the value of the stock you’re obligated to purchase may fall to zero.  In addition, you will also have exposure to unrealized losses on the short option until the expiration date.

Option trading entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all investors. Option investors can rapidly lose the entire value of their investment in a short period of time and incur permanent loss by expiration date. You need to complete an options trading application and get approval on eligible accounts. Please read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options and Option Spread Risk Disclosure before trading options.

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