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Width of Vertical Spreads

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One advantage of vertical spreads is they are smaller trades than naked positions and the narrower the spread the lower the buying power requirement.

New traders may be misled by the lower buying power of tight vertical spreads relating to lower risk, but when comparing these differently sized trades, it’s important to normalize by this buying power amount. One way to compare these trades is to look at the return on capital.

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