Selling Secured Puts

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Writing a put creates a bullish position that can be viewed as an income strategy or as a way to potentially buy a stock at a lower price. With choices in how the position is secured, traders can build trades with a variety of risk/reward profiles, including protection against a sharp move.


Shawn Howell
Senior Strategist, Investor Education, E*TRADE Securities LLC

Shawn joins the E*TRADE education team after two decades as a trader, author, educator, and executive for some of the financial industry's leading brokerage and training firms, including Charles Schwab, Investools, and Thinkorswim Group. In 2009 Shawn co-founded Pro Market Advisors, E*TRADE's education partner for many years. In 2012 Shawn co-authored Trading by Numbers: Scoring Strategies for Every Market (Wiley). Shawn holds the FINRA Series 7 license.