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What advantage are there to shorting the stock as opposed to buying put option : finance

Buying a put is a cash outflow, while shorting is an inflow. One advantage is that you can reinvest this inflow into another position.

In both cases you're hoping to profit, and have money flow INTO your account, from a stock price's decrease.

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When you buy a put option, you're taking possiession of something from someone else, and paying for it.

When you short, you're borrowing shares, and selling them, which brings cash in for you.

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Though you might buy or short an option in both cases hoping to make a profit, the question is whether today you have to pay money in order to participate in the investment (this is the case if you buy an option), or whether you receive money today to get into the investment (like when you short an option).

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