Put option

Definition:

This security gives investors the right to sell (or put) a fixed number of shares at a fixed price within a given period. An investor, for example, might wish to have the right to sell shares of a stock at a certain price by a certain time in order to protect, or hedge, an existing investment.

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Perfect hedge

A situation in which the profit and loss from the underlying asset and the hedge position are equal.

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