Offsetting Transaction


DEFINITION of 'Offsetting Transaction'

In trading, an activity that exactly cancels the risks and benefits of another instrument in the portfolio. An offsetting transaction is used when it is not possible to simply close the original transaction as desired. This frequently occurs with options and other more complex financial instruments.

In this way, a trader does not have to agree to close the option contract with the party on the other side of the options trade, but can simply cancel the net affect by entering into an offsetting transaction.

BREAKING DOWN 'Offsetting Transaction'

The most basic example of an offsetting transaction occurs in options trading. Suppose you have sold a call option on 100 shares with a strike price of $35 and an expiration in three months. To close this transaction before three months is over, you can buy a call option with exactly the same features, thus exactly offsetting the exposure to the original call option.

Offsetting transactions typically do not factor in transactions costs.

  1. Hedge

    Making an investment to reduce the risk of adverse price movements ...
  2. Evening Up

    A slang phrase used to describe an investor who closes a position ...
  3. Over-Hedging

    A hedged position in which the offsetting position is for a greater ...
  4. Positive Carry

    A strategy of holding two offsetting positions, one of which ...
  5. Offset

    1. To liquidate a futures position by entering an equivalent, ...
  6. Crude Oil

    Crude oil is a naturally occurring, unrefined petroleum product ...
Related Articles
  1. Trading Strategies

    Enhance Your Portfolio With Active Equity

    This strategy provides the potential for larger returns while using less capital.
  2. Options & Futures

    Introduction To Single Stock Futures

    These contracts allow for easier shorting, and provide more leverage and flexibility than stocks.
  3. Investing Basics

    Offset Risk With Options, Futures And Hedge Funds

    Though all portfolios contain some risk, there are ways to lower it. Find out how.
  4. Options & Futures

    Trading Gold And Silver Futures Contracts

    If you are a hedger or a speculator, gold and silver futures contracts offer a world of profit-making opportunities.
  5. Retirement

    Hedge Your Bets With Inflation-Linked Bonds

    ILBs such as TIPS and I-Bonds allow investors to curb the corrosive effects of inflation and increase portfolio diversification.
  6. Options & Futures

    Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

    With a little know-how, you can keep risk from topling your portfolio of domestic equities.
  7. Credit & Loans

    Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  8. Options & Futures

    Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  9. Insurance

    Cashing in Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  10. Fundamental Analysis

    Using Decision Trees In Finance

    A decision tree provides a comprehensive framework to review the alternative scenarios and consequences a decision may lead to.
  1. How do hedge funds use equity options?

    With the growth in the size and number of hedge funds over the past decade, the interest in how these funds go about generating ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Can mutual funds invest in options and futures?

    Mutual funds invest in not only stocks and fixed-income securities but also options and futures. There exists a separate ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How does a forward contract differ from a call option?

    Forward contracts and call options are different financial instruments that allow two parties to purchase or sell assets ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How can an investor profit from a fall in the utilities sector?

    The utilities sector exhibits a high degree of stability compared to the broader market. This makes it best-suited for buy-and-hold ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are the main risks associated with trading derivatives?

    The primary risks associated with trading derivatives are market, counterparty, liquidity and interconnection risks. Derivatives ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What is the difference between derivatives and options?

    Options are one category of derivatives. Other types of derivatives include futures contracts, swaps and forward contracts. ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Take A Bath

    A slang term referring to the situation of an investor who has experienced a large loss from an investment or speculative ...
  2. Black Friday

    1. A day of stock market catastrophe. Originally, September 24, 1869, was deemed Black Friday. The crash was sparked by gold ...
  3. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  4. Barefoot Pilgrim

    A slang term for an unsophisticated investor who loses all of his or her wealth by trading equities in the stock market. ...
  5. Quick Ratio

    The quick ratio is an indicator of a company’s short-term liquidity. The quick ratio measures a company’s ability to meet ...
  6. Black Tuesday

    October 29, 1929, when the DJIA fell 12% - one of the largest one-day drops in stock market history. More than 16 million ...
Trading Center