DEFINITION of 'Moneyness'

A description of a derivative relating its strike price to the price of its underlying asset. Moneyness describes the intrinsic value of an option in its current state.


Moneyness tells option holders whether exercising will lead to a profit. There are many forms of moneyness, including in,out or at the money. Moneyness looks at the value of an option if you were to exercise it right away. A loss would signify the option is out of the money, while a gain would mean it's in the money. At the money means that you will break even upon exercising the option.

  1. Out Of The Money - OTM

    A call option with a strike price that is higher than the market ...
  2. At The Money

    A situation where an option's strike price is identical to the ...
  3. Intrinsic Value

    Intrinsic value is the actual value of a company or an asset ...
  4. In The Money

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

    To put into effect the right specified in a contract. In options ...
  6. Call Option

    An agreement that gives an investor the right (but not the obligation) ...
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