Buy Put, Or Sell Call?

You think a stock, say Infosys will move down.

Options expire in 30 days

Here is the question. Buy a put paying the premium, or sell a call and receive the premium? Assume that you will buy/ sell this option and hold until expiry.

Break Even

If you sell 900 Call, you will make 30 Rupees if the stock is anywhere below 900 on expiry. This means if the stock goes down, or stays the same, you will make the whole premium. If the stock is anywhere below 930, you do not lose any money. So break-even for the call is Infosys at 930.

Now let us look at the puts, and where they break even – that is the price where will recover the entire premium

Call Vs Put

Since we are comparing a call with puts, we need the stock price at which puts outperform the call. That is, they make more than 30 bucks premium of the call

For the 900 Put to outperform the 900 Call, we need more than 6% move. For lower strikes, the moves are greater. The 840 Put needs as much as an 11% move!

That is not all, the bearish move you are expecting in Infosys has to happen within the option expiry.


If you sell the call, to make money, you just have to be not wrong. Even if you are slightly wrong, anywhere under 930, you will make money.

But with Puts

  1. You have to be right
  2. You have to be massively right
  3. And you have to be right before the expiry, which means timing.

So the next time, do give selling options a chance. Unless you go wrong big time, they might just be a better way to make money. If you want an easy way to compare selling versus buying options, try Options Trade Analyser by Sensibull

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PS: You need margin to sell options (80k to 1 Lakh for most stocks), whereas you need only the premium for buying options.

3 thoughts on “Buy Put, Or Sell Call?

  1. Venkataramanan G

    Very useful

  2. Venkataramanan G


  3. Rajaram Sarangapani

    Hats off to you bro for your kind education on Options Trade.

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