Debit Spread

| April 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

debit spreadDebit spread is a term used to describe the direction cash flows when executing a spread trade.

When the simultaneous buying and selling of options results in a cash outflow (debit) from your account it is called a debit spread.  In other words, the options you buy cost more than the options you sell.

There are many option strategies that can be considered a debit spread.  The key is 1) Concurrently buying and selling two or more different options and 2) An outflow of money at the time the position is opened.

Examples of a debit spread are Bear Put Spread, Bull Call Spread, Butterfly Spread, Calendar Call Spread, Calendar Put Spread, Collar, Condor Spread, Long Straddle, and Long Strangle.

When entering a spread order with your broker, you identify any transaction that results in an outflow of cash from your account as a debit spread.

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