Bullet Trade


DEFINITION of 'Bullet Trade'

The act of purchasing an "in the money" put option so that the buyer can capitalize on a bear market by effectively shorting a stock without waiting for an uptick.

BREAKING DOWN 'Bullet Trade'

This is a strategy commonly used by investors that wish to capitalize on a falling market. Due to short sale rules by different exchanges, investors may be delayed in shorting a position because of continuously declining markets. An immediate alternative for creating the short strategy is to buy a put option.

  1. Tick Test Rules

    A now defunct rule that placed restrictions on when a short sale ...
  2. Bear

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  3. Long (or Long Position)

    1. The buying of a security such as a stock, commodity or currency, ...
  4. In The Money

    1. For a call option, when the option's strike price is below ...
  5. Dry Powder

    A slang term referring to marketable securities that are highly ...
  6. Put

    An option contract giving the owner the right, but not the obligation, ...
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