Name: Bull Call Spread or Vertical Spread

Setup: Buy (long) Strike A call and Sell (short) Strike B call – same expiration month for both

Bias: Bullish with a target at the short strike


Break-Even: The long strike + debit paid


Max Profit: Limited: Strike A – Strike B – Debit Paid

Max Loss: Limited: Equal to the debit paid

Margin: No margin required

Time Decay: A neutral effect – the passing of time hurts the long call and the passing of time helps the short call

Implied Volatility: The effect of implied volatility depends on where the underlying is in relation to the strikes.  If the underlying is trading near the short call then you want implied volatility to decrease.  If the underlying is near the long call then you want the implied volatility to increase.

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