I don't get bull put spread risk/reward

Discussion in 'Options' started by Robwynge, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Robwynge


    Hey guys,

    I am new to options and I'm finding myself mystified by something. I keep reading how a great way to make income in a bull market is by selling puts. I get that selling naked puts is somewhat risky (though not obvious that it's any more risky than just owning shares outright), so if I want to cap my risk, a bull put spread is the way to go.

    HOWEVER, every trade I try to set up in Thinkorswim shows a max loss that exceeds the max profit. Coming from the stock/futures world, regularly taking trades with unfavorable R/R is a cardinal sin. Here is an example:

    Sell April 145 puts for $18.20
    Buy April 140 puts for $17.00

    Max profit = $1,200
    Max loss = $3,800

    That's a 1/3 risk rward! I can widen the spread to up my reward, but obviously that ups my risk too.

    The only way this strategy cou
  2. tcca


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    Hope this helps clear your head somewhat as they are done in very straight forward manner
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  4. tcca


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  5. spindr0


    Wow, I could really use $3999.

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  6. Preposterous! Why would anyone think that?? :cool:

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  7. From the strike differences and option value differences one can understand that current price of stock is significantly greater than put strike prices. Thus it is a high probability (about 75 %, guessed from spread prices) that this bull put spread will expire worthless and you will keep the premium.