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A deep out of the money option is presently worthless. An option is said to be deep out of the money when the exercise (strike) price of the option is extremely unfavorable relative to the current market price of the underlying security. The greater the gap, the further deep out of the money the option is said to be. When the option is close to expiration, it is deep out of the money when the spread between the strike price and the current underlying asset's market price is sufficiently great that the chance the deep out of the money option will ultimately be in the money at expiration is very low. Deep out of the money options tend to stay out of the money, if not deep out of the money. A call option is deep out of the money when the strike price is well above the current market price of the underlying asset. A put option is deep out of the money when the strike price is well below the current market price of the underlying asset.



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