Vertical credit spread

Discussion in 'Options' started by droid17, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. droid17


    Hi all :)

    I have a few questions about vertical credit spreads. I am using Ameritrade and it looks like I can sell a bull put spread in one transaction setting the net credit limit to what I want. I am guessing I can close this same spread by setting the debit limit when I want to close?

    Also how does the maintenance requirement work for this type of spread. Do I just have to have the cash for the difference between the two strike prices, or do I have to have the cash to buy the stock for the sold puts?


  2. You must have the difference between the strikes x 100 cash in your account.

    You can use the credit towards that cash requirement.

    The requirement never changes. If you are eventually assigned an exercise notice, then the position is different and you would have to pay for the stock.

  3. droid17


    Thanks Mark,

    So as long as I close the spread before exp then I only have to worry about the strike price diff x 100 per contract, right?
  4. MTE


    Yes, unless you are assigned early.

    And to answer your question on the closing order, yes, you can use the same spread order with the net debit.