from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An opening transaction in an option when the underlying asset is not owned by the investor writing the option. If a stock on which such an investor has written a call option is then called by the option holder, the investor must purchase shares in the market for delivery and is therefore caught naked.

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  • noun a put or call option for which the seller or buyer has no underlying security position


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