How To Buy A Stock and a Married Put Together

A married put (also called a protective put) is a stock/option combination created when a Put(s) is bought equivalent to the amount of stock purchased. The stock owned is protected from significant loss by the option(s) bought. A married put can be initiated on an existing position or with a buy order on a stock. Here are the steps to buy a stock and married put at the same time.

1. Click the Opt (option) button on the bottom of the chart pane to open the Option Strategies menu

2. Select Stock + Married Put

This places a Buy ticket on the chart for the correct number of put contracts.

3. Select Expiration Date

Change the expiration date either to closer or further dates using the arrows

Alternately, select a specific expiration date from the drop down menu

4. View available strike prices with the limit price line

Click and drag the Limit line between the available strike prices for the selected expiration date. These are represented by the hash marks at the left of the P&L Zones. Simply stop at the desired strike for the contract.

5. Select the order type desired for the contract

Either leave the order set on Limit, or select a different order type from the drop down menu.

6. Set a Limit Price (optional)

The Limit slider shows the spread between the natural (in this case, the bid) and the far (in this case, the ask). To set a price within the spread at which to place your order, click at any point on the slider. The limit value is seen in the price field next to the "Lmt" order type.

7. Use a Step to Limit order (optional)

Another way to take advantage of the spread is the Step to Limit order. Choose the Step to Limit order from the drop down menu.

Set the beginning of the slider at the limit price desired for the initial order. This will be the limit price at which the order will be entered.

Over the predetermined time period the limit price will be automatically modified down from the initial entry price toward the Natural (or selected) price. The step limit order will attempt to secure a preferable fill price in this process. Modification stops if no preferable fill is received and the limit price reaches the Natural.

8. Submit the order

Click Buy to Open Married Put

Click Place Order to confirm and submit

9. View The Order

The current stock position and the long put will now appear on the chart. In this case, the put is protecting existing stock position from significant depreciation until the expiration date. If the stock falls below the strike price of the long put, it can be exercised and assigned to the seller. This would limit losses to the stock price minus the strike price plus the premium of the put. If the stock rises and the put expires, it reduces whatever profit is ultimately gained by the amount of the premium.

The trading tools work on either a LIVE brokerage account or a PAPER (simulated) trading account. Live market trading requires an account with TC2000 Brokerage (