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The Power of the Put

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What is the benefit of trading a short ATM put compared to long stock?

  • SPY, 2005-2017

  • Sold 1 ATM (50 Delta) Naked Put, 45 DTE, managed at 50%

  • Bought 100 shares of stock, adjsted for dividends, held to 2017

  • Compared cumulative performance, total ROC

We find that the performance of long stock is nearly identical to the short put over time, but the short put required 1/3 of the capital. This capital efficiency makes the case for active management, and the near-identical performance dispels the myth that options are riskier than stocks.

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