publish57076postxmlarticle-status0 57076/do-it-right/investing/selling-cash-secured-puts-for-income/Selling Cash Secured Puts for IncomeSelling Cash Secured Puts for Incomeselling-cash-secured-puts-for-incomeSelling naked puts is a risky activity even for experienced option traders, but selling cash-secured puts can work in your favor. Selling Cash Secured Puts for IncomeSelling naked puts is a risky activity even for experienced option traders, but selling cash-secured puts can work in your favor.

57076Selling Cash-Secured Puts for IncomeSelling Cash-Secured Puts for IncomepublishpostAllyAs an option trading strategy, selling naked or short puts is highly risky and only recommended for experienced investors. There are differences between selling a cash-secured puts and selling a naked put. In either case, Ally Invest encourages you to stay mindful of the risks.

What is a naked put?

If you short a put, the put owner has the right to sell stock to you at the strike price until expiration. In exchange for taking on that potential obligation, you receive the option’s premium.

Let’s say you’re bullish on stock XYZ, so you decide to sell 20 XYZ put contracts to bring in a little extra income. Those 20 put contracts represent the obligation to buy 2,000 shares of the stock, should that obligation be assigned to you. However, if you don’t have enough cash in your account and you are forced to buy those 2,000 shares, that’s naked put selling.

How risky?

If the stock declines below your strike price, you’d most likely be assigned. Then you’d be forced to buy 2,000 shares of XYZ at a higher price than it is trading for in the open market.

Unless you want to hold on to the shares of this stock, you will have to sell the shares at the prevailing market price to recoup at least some of your cash. That would leave you holding the bag for the difference between the strike price and the market price, multiplied by 2,000 shares.

Cash-secured puts mean less risk.

When you sell naked puts, the difference between your strike price and the going market price for the stock can mean substantial losses. On the other hand, selling cash-secured puts is a much less nerve-wracking approach. If you keep enough cash on-hand, not only are you prepared in the event of an assignment, but you’ve tapped into a method to buy stock that may also earn you a little extra income along the way.

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160364570760Anil ViroomalAnil V.2018-04-17 08:53:372018-04-17 12:53:37April 17, 20188:53amHi what are the benefits or contracts , of selling cash secured puts vs selling bull put credit spreads. thanks016036657076160364AllyAlly2018-04-17 09:59:192018-04-17 13:59:19April 17, 20189:59amHi Anil, there are benefits and considerations for both options. If you'll give us a call at 1-855-880-2559 or chat with us online at, a member of our Ally Invest team would be glad to learn a little bit more about your goals and discuss further!1160570570760Michael RosensteinMichael R.2018-07-30 23:37:322018-07-31 03:37:32July 30, 201811:37pmI understand the idea of selling naked puts but due to the margin requirements I do not see why a person would not just do a bull but spread. Less risk and you can invest a lot less to make same or close to same amount of profit. Am I missing something important here?0162451570760JohnJohn2020-07-01 21:18:052020-07-02 01:18:05July 1, 20209:18pmWhy don't you show how to do a cash secured put on your platform or is it manual where you have to sell a naked put but subconsciously keep enough money to cover it.0163202570760AnAn2020-11-13 13:45:052020-11-13 18:45:05November 13, 20201:45pmNo answer to John's question? It keeps trying to execute it as a naked put even though I have cash in my account. Where can I allocate the collateral for a cash secured put?0164040570760Platform is no goodPlatform i.2021-04-30 09:17:452021-04-30 13:17:45April 30, 20219:17amStill no answer to John’s question? If we could get some clarity on how to use a platform that is way behind the others in terms of UX and just general functionality that would be appreciated.0164454570760Ian W.Ian W.2021-08-31 21:25:032021-09-01 01:25:03August 31, 20219:25pmStill no answer to John's question? It's been more than a year and the platform still doesn't seem to support cash-secured puts. Or am I doing it wrong? (And if so, could you please explain?) Thank you!016447857076164454AllyAlly2021-08-31 21:26:302021-09-01 01:26:30August 31, 20219:26pmHi Ian, if you'll give us a call at 1-855-880-2559, a team member would be happy to learn more about your specific inquiry and further advise.181openedxmlarticle-comments0

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