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Synthetic Short in Your IRA

Strategies for IRA

Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before deciding to invest in options.

It’s often thought that you cannot trade options in an IRA. Realistically, IRAs are restricted in the following ways:

  • No leverage
  • No short selling

Is there a way we can get synthetically short in an IRA?

With a tastyworks account, you can trade cash secured naked calls in your IRA. Therefore, one way to get synthetically short is to buy a put and sell a call of the same strike. No matter which strike you choose, your long and short thetas will cancel each other out resulting in a clean short 100 delta position.

With a little creativity we can simulate most, if not all, trading strategies available to margin accounts.

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