Options guys, I need your help. I trade longer term and still short stocks. My trades usually last between two weeks and three months. I am interested in buying puts as an alternative to shorting stocks. I trade mostly NYSE stocks and many of them pay dividends, plus the interest charge. I am not going to get heavy into the greeks, and the only question for me is do I initiate a synthetic short or just buy the puts. When buying the puts, I understand the 90-120 day time period affords me the best protection against time premium decay. I plan on bying deeper in the money puts...after all this is an alternative to shorting the stock. Plus, your thoughts about the synthetic short v. the DITM puts is appreciated. Thanks.