Long Put


Buy a Put Option

Margin Requirement

No, pay premium


  • Minimum futures price is established
  • Higher futures price may improve your selling price
  • Flexible, offset at any time and receive the remaining value
  • Maximum flexibility for adjustments to both higher and lower prices


  • Premium paid in full at time of purchase. Can be substantial for ATM or ITM put option
  • Most expensive option strategy alternative

When to Apply

  • If downside risk is undefined or hard to define
  • If flexibility to participate in all higher prices is necessary
  • If capital constraints require maximum pre-defined margin exposure
  • If low implied volatility environment historically and/or seasonally

Potential Adjustment

  • In a rising market, roll put up to a higher strike price, and or sell higher strike call against position to capture benefit from increase in price
  • In a falling market, roll put down to a lower strike, and/or sell lower strike put against position to help offset initial cost by creating a credit