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Short Call Synthetic Straddle

Risk: unlimited
Reward: limited

General Description
Entering a short call synthetic straddle entails selling (2) calls for every 100 shares of stock you own. It's the same as a ratio call write, and its risk profile is identical to a short straddle.

(draw a short call synthetic straddle risk diagram here)

The Thinking
You are long a stock and confident it will trade in a tight range and won't move much from it's current level. To profit from a lack of movement, selling options, which benefit from time decay, is a good route to go. If the stock moves up a little or down a little, you'll profit. It would take a relativley big move for the trade to lose you money.

Example

XYZ is at $55.00. You buy 100 shares of the stock at $55.00 and then sell (2) 55 calls at $4.00 each. The net credit is $8.00, not including the cost of the stock.

If the stock closes at $55 on expiration day, the calls will expire worthless, and your profit will be the net credit received.

If the stock rallies, the profit from the long stock will be countered by the loss from one of the short calls, and the other short call will continue to lose you money point-for-point with the underlying. For example, at $70, the long stock will be posting a $15 gain while the 55 calls will be worth $15 ($11.00 loss per contract). The net is a $7.00 loss.

If the stock drops, the calls will expire worthless, and the long stock position will lose you money point-for-point with the underlying. For example, at $40, the calls will be worthless ($4.00 gain per contract), and the stock will be down $15. The net is a $7.00 loss.

The PL chart below graphically shows where this trade will be profitable and at a loss.