Diagonal Spread


DEFINITION of 'Diagonal Spread'

An options strategy established by simultaneously entering into a long and short position in two options of the same type (two call options or two put options) but with different strike prices and expiration dates.

BREAKING DOWN 'Diagonal Spread'

This strategy is called a diagonal spread because it combines a horizontal spread, which represents the difference in expiration dates, with a vertical spread, which represents the difference in strike prices. An example of a diagonal spread is the purchase of a December $20 call option and the sale of an April $25 call.

  1. Option

    A financial derivative that represents a contract sold by one ...
  2. Horizontal Spread

    An options strategy involving the simultaneous purchase and sale ...
  3. Strike Price

    The price at which a specific derivative contract can be exercised. ...
  4. Long (or Long Position)

    1. The buying of a security such as a stock, commodity or currency, ...
  5. Vertical Spread

    An options trading strategy with which a trader makes a simultaneous ...
  6. Expiration Date (Derivatives)

    The last day that an options or futures contract is valid. When ...
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