Stocks & Commodities V. 23:3 (37, 71): Q&A by Don Bright
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Q: I understand that you were a trader on the options trading floor. Would you please explain what a conversion is? I have heard that they are risk free. How
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A: First off, the basics are pretty simple. If you buy stock, say at $53, and sell $50 strike price calls and buy $50 strike price puts, then you have a conversion. If the stock goes up or down $10 (or any major move), you will not make or lose any money. The price of the calls and puts together will work out to be around $3.00 ($50 strike price, plus the difference between $50 and $53). The call and put together are your synthetic short
position, and the stock is your long position. . .