Perfectly competitive financial markets

Definition:

Markets in which no trader has the power to change the price of goods or services. Perfect capital markets are characterized by certain conditions: (1) Trading is cost less, and access to the financial markets is free; (2) information about borrowing and lending opportunities is freely available; and (3) there are many traders, and no single trader can have a significant impact on market prices.

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Combination strategy

A strategy in which a put and call with different strike prices and the same expiration are either both bought or both sold. Related: Straddle

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