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Retail investors may confuse 2 very different strategies that sound the same. Covered puts is a risky strategy that involves shorting a stock and selling a put option. The trader is obligated to replace the “borrowed” stock and buy the shares at the strike price.
Selling cash-secured puts is a low-risk strategy appropriate for most retail investors that involves selling a put option and placing the appropriate amount of cash in the account to “secure” the put. Hypothetical examples are used to clarify the differences between the 2 strategies.
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