• Is the purchase or the sale of two in-the-money options. For example, a long guts consists of the purchase of a low strike call and the purchase of a high strike put. A short guts position consists of the sale of the high strike put and the sale of the low strike call.

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 Option trading strategies: Can be market directional, volatility directional, market neutral, volatility neutral, time value capture, time value payment, and numerous variants of the aforementioned. The basic building blocks are puts and calls. These puts and calls can be American Style or European Style. They can be ordinary plain vanilla -or exotic. Among the latter are: Asian, Binary, Lookback, Knockin and Knockout. There are many other structures as well. Some specific strategies are: Backspreads, Bear, Box, Bull, Butterflies, Condors, Conversion, Credit, Debit, Diagonal, Fence, Guts, Horizontal, Purchased Call, Purchased Put, Ratio, Reverse Conversion, Sold Call, Sold Put, Straddles, Strangles, Synthetic Long Call, Synthetic Long Futures or Underlying, Synthetic Long Put, Synthetic Long Straddle, Synthetic Short Call, Synthetic Short Futures or Underlying, Synthetic Short Put, Synthetic Short Straddle, Vertical, and Volatility. There are also compound and nested options or strategies. Among these are: call-on-a-call, a call-on-a-put, a put-on-a-put, and a put-on-a-call.

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