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Covered Put

Strategy Sell Put OTM strike, Sell Futures at market
Utility Limits some losses arising out of short futures.
Critisism Neither short put nor short futures serves as a hedge to each leg of trade and may eventually expose to huge losses.

Covered Call

Strategy Sell Call OTM strike, Buy Futures at market
Utility Limits some losses arising out of Long futures.
Critisism This strategy leaves limites revenue potentials but exposes to enormus losses should the price trend weaken.


Strategy Buy Futures,
Buy ATM put
Sell OTM call
Utility Puts bought insures a falling futures price and the calls sold finances cost of puts. A mild bullish strategy , can be traded at a lower end of a range.
Critisism With a limited down side and limited upside, this strategy is no different than bull call spread. Added to this, the margin requirements and cost of transaction can be high, which inturn efects profitability.

Long Straddle

Strategy Buy put ATM
Buy Call ATM
Utility At times of low volatility, price move in either direction can fetch some revenue.
Critisism Expensive, give the fact this strategy requires long position in both direction and in case price dosent move at all then the costs of the options do not get recovered.

Synthetic Call

Strategy Buy put OTM
Buy Futures ATM
Utility A proxy to buy call. In case of price trend sharply beyond a resistance, then the long put can be exited leaving alone , the long futures trade
Critisism Limits losse no doubt, but the profit potentials suffer in case price trades range bound.

Synthetic Put

Strategy Buy call OTM strike
Sell Futures at market
Utility A proxy to buying naked puts. Can be potentially useful in case price falls beyond an important support
Critisism Needs a sizeable move inorder to be profitable and the profit potentials suffer in case price trend range bound

Covered Short Straddle

Strategy Sell Call ATM
Sell Put ATM
Buy futures ATM
Utility In case of a positive divergence seen in a security selling straddle and buying futures can provide some benefit on the upside.
Critisism With a sizeable risk in hand, this strategy demands to sell futures in case price falls drastically.

Covered Short Strangle

Strategy Sell call OTM
Sell put OTM
Buy futures ATM
Utility This strategy can be less risky than covered short straddle for the fact that strikes farther the spot are sold.
Critisism Although selling farther strikes from spot, can give some cushon for adjustments this strategy may leave open to potential losses and limited profits.

Bull Call Spread

Strategy Buy call OTM
Sell call OTM (higher strike than buy side).
Utility In case a trader wants to limit his losses and at the same time trade with a calculated profits then the call spread can serve the purpose.
Critisism In case market moves strongly in favour of the strategy, then the profit potentials can be very thin.

Bull Put Spread

Strategy Sell put OTM
Buy put OTM (strike lower than sold)
Utility Sell puts can earn revenue in case price trend remains positive. Long put can serve as a hedge against the naked puts sold.
Critisism The entire strategy rests on earning from sell put and the long puts can only serve as a hedge for naked puts sold in case of a sharp price fall.

Bear Call Spread

Strategy Sell call OTM
Buy call OTM( Strike higher then sold)
Utility Sell calls earns revenues in case price remains bearish and the long calls bought at higher strike can serve as a hedge to the calls sold.
Critisism The entire strategy rests on calls sold after recovering costs of options bought. The profit potentials can be thinner in case of low volatilites where the option price itself is low.

Bear Put Spread

Strategy Buy Put OTM
Sell Put OTM ( strike lower than bought)
Utility Can provide a limited profit and loss potentials usually in the ratio of 1:2
Critisism The long options more often than not, gets effected by theta. Hence if a price trend strongly in the favour of the strategy, the profit potentials can be constrained.

Bull Call Ladder

Strategy Buy call OTM (X1)
Sell call OTM (Middle lower)
Sell call OTM (lower)
Utility This can be an extension of the bull call spread with an additional call sold at a higher level then the first call sold.
Critisism By taking double the risk of financing the options bought any adverse price move on the upside can result in huge losses.

Bull Put Ladder

Strategy Sell put OTM (X1)
Buy Put OTM (Middle higher)
Buy put OTM (higher)
Utility An extension of the bull put spread where an additionl put bought below the first put bought can enhance the profitability.
Critisism In case price fails to fall lower the entire profit potentials rest of the puts sold.

Bear Call Ladder

Strategy Sell call OTM (X1)
Buy Call OTM (middle higher)
Buy call OTM (higher)
Utility Enhances profitability in case prices rally. In case the price dosent rally then the calls sold close to the market can earn some premium.
Critisism The entire potentials to earn can rest with the calls sold in case price dosent rally beyond the strikes bought.
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