In The Money


In the Money is a comedy film starring The Bowery Boys. The film was released on February 16, 1958 by Allied Artists Pictures and is the forty-eighth and final film in the series. It was directed by William Beaudine and written by Al Martin and Elwood Ullman.

In The Money

What does ‘In The Money’ mean?

In the money means that a call option’s strike price is below the market price of the underlying asset or that the strike price of a put option is above the market price of the underlying asset. Being in the money does not mean you will profit, it just means the option is worth exercising. This is because the option costs money to buy.

Explaining ‘In The Money’

In the money means that your stock option is worth money and you can turn around and sell or exercise it. For example, if John buys a call option on ABC stock with a strike price of $12, and the price of the stock is sitting at $15, the option is considered to be in the money. This is because the option gives John the right to buy the stock for $12 but he could immediately sell the stock for $15, a gain of $3. If John paid $3.50 for the call, then he wouldn’t actually profit from the total trade, but it is still considered in the money.

How Call Options and Put Options Work

Options confer the buyer the right, but not the obligation, of buying or selling a security at a certain price, known as the strike price, before a certain date, known as the expiration date. Traders purchase call options, which give them the right to buy, when they expect the market price of the security to increase. They purchase put options, which enable them to sell, when they expect the value of the security to decrease.

In the Money, At the Money, and Out of the Money

Options are classified in three ways depending on the relationship of the strike price to the security’s market price. In the money means the strike price is lower, in the case of a call, or higher, in the case of a put, than the market price. At the money means the strike price and market price are the same. 

Further Reading

  • An empirical investigation between money supply government expenditure, output & prices: The Pakistan evidence – [PDF]
  • Money flows like mercury: the geography of global finance – [PDF]
  • Money laundering and the international financial system – [PDF]