A zero cost collar is a form of options collar strategy to protect a trader’s losses by purchasing call and put options that cancel each other out. The downside of this strategy is that profits are capped, if the underlying asset’s price increases. A zero cost collar strategy involves the outlay of money on one half of the strategy offsetting the cost incurred by the other half. It is a protective options strategy that is implemented after a long position in a stock that has experienced substantial gains. The investor buys a protective put and sells a covered call. Other names for this strategy include zero cost options, equity risk reversals, and hedge wrappers.
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