For example, suppose a trader has a 100-share position in XYZ stock and purchases the shares for $10 each. Soon after, the trader decides to write a call option for XYZ stock at an exercise price of $12.50, selling it for a small premium. As long as the price of XYZ stays below $12.50 until maturity, the trader will keep the premium. If the price rises above the $12.50 level and is exercised, the trader will be required to sell the shares at $12.50 to the option holder. The trade will only lose out on the difference between the exercise price and the market price.
Investment dictionary. Academic. 2012.
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