Short Put

Short Put Option Diagram
Short Put Option Diagram

Introduction to the Short Put

The Short Put strategy plays a pivotal role in the world of options trading, offering investors a unique way to generate income or speculate on market movements. Also known as a naked put or uncovered put, this strategy involves the seller (writer) selling a put option with the expectation that the price of the underlying asset will remain stable or increase.

Key Takeaways

  • Short Puts involve selling a put option, usually in stable or rising markets.
  • They offer income through premiums but carry risks, especially if the stock price falls.
  • Margin requirements can tie up capital and pose additional risks.
  • Success with Short Puts requires careful strike price selection, market monitoring, and risk management.
  • They are generally a bullish strategy, reflecting a positive outlook on the underlying stock.
  • Additional support and guidance are available through resources like and Discord.

Short Put Profit and Loss Diagram

Let’s plot this strategy so we can visually see how the trade P/L performs (y axis), at expiration, given a particular stock price (x axis).

Short Put Diagram from IntraAlpha
Short Put Diagram from IntraAlpha

Understanding Short Puts

At its core, the Short Put strategy is about selling a put option. This means the seller receives a premium from the buyer. If the stock stays above the strike price by expiration, the seller keeps this premium. However, if the stock falls below the strike price, the seller may be obligated to buy the stock at the higher strike price.

Long Short Put Trades

Executing a Long Short Put trade with XYZ Corp involves selling a put option on XYZ, which is currently trading at $100. Let’s say the option expires in 45 days. Assuming the premium collected is $150, which is within our 10-30% range of the maximum loss, this premium is the income for the trade. However, if XYZ’s price falls below the strike price, the trader must purchase the stock, potentially at a loss.

Commissions and Fees with Short Puts

Compared to other options strategies, Short Puts can be relatively cost-efficient. For example, a round-trip trade (buying and selling) on XYZ Corp might involve a fee of $2 per leg. If the total premium of the trade is $150, the fees would represent about 2.6% of the total value. This percentage gives a clear perspective on how commissions and fees eat into the potential profits.

Margin Impact of Short Puts

Using XYZ Corp as an example, selling a Short Put impacts your margin. Since XYZ is trading at $100, the margin requirement will usually be higher than a put spread. This requirement can tie up significant capital, reducing your ability to make other trades.

Benefits and Risks of Short Puts

The main advantage of the Short Put strategy is the ability to generate income through premiums. However, the risks include the potential for significant losses if the stock price drops substantially. Also, since it involves margin, there’s the risk of a margin call if the trade moves against you.

Proven Tips for Success with Short Puts

Successful trading with Short Puts involves careful selection of strike prices and expiration dates, monitoring market trends, and being prepared to take action if the market moves against your position. Risk management and a clear understanding of the underlying asset are crucial.

Real-Life Short Put Examples

In a real-life scenario with XYZ Corp, suppose the stock remains above the strike price through expiration. The trader keeps the premium with no further obligations. If the stock dips below the strike price, the trader may choose to buy the stock or close the position at a loss.

When and Why Traders Use Short Puts

Traders typically employ Short Puts in stable or rising markets. The goal is to earn premium income, betting that the stock will not fall below the strike price. The best conditions for this strategy are periods of low volatility when the likelihood of dramatic price drops is minimal.

How do Short Puts Work?

Short Puts work by the trader selling a put option, collecting the premium, and hoping the stock stays above the strike price. If it does, the option expires worthless, and the trader keeps the premium.

Are Short Puts Risky?

While the risk is limited to the difference between the strike price and zero, minus the premium, this can still represent a significant loss, especially in a rapidly declining market. The reward is limited to the premium received, creating a risk-reward imbalance.

Are Short Puts Bearish or Bullish?

Short Puts are generally considered a bullish strategy. The trader profits if the stock price remains stable or increases. It reflects a positive outlook on the underlying asset.


Mastering the Short Put is crucial for any options trader looking to diversify their strategies. While it offers the potential for steady income through premiums, it also carries significant risks. Thorough market analysis, risk management, and understanding the dynamics of the underlying asset are key to success. For additional support, feel free to message us on or Discord.

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