Back to School With Marketing Guru Ed Usset #31: Buying Puts

 

Buying put options (the right to sell futures) is one way to establish a minimum price. Let’s assume that Nov’10 soybean futures are trading at $9.30, and you decide to pay 52 cents per bushel for a 920 put. You expect a harvest soybean basis of 60 cents under the November contract. What is your minimum expected price for soybeans at harvest?