DEFINITION of 'Back Fee'

A payment made to the writer of a compound option in the case that the call option is exercised in order to obtain a put option. Back fee is a premium charged at the second portion of the option, since a compound option is an option to purchase an option.

BREAKING DOWN 'Back Fee'

Compound options are most commonly used by mortgage originators as a way to mitigate risk. The back fee is offered at a premium, because it provides an investor with the ability to wait before executing an option.

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