- in the money
Where the strike or exercise price of a call option is below the current market price of the underlying security. Similarly, a put option is in the money if the exercise price is above the current market price of the underlying security.+ in the moneyUSAReflecting a balance owing (though not necessarily due) from one party to another. Commonly used in a variety of contexts. In swaps and derivatives, a trade is, or a group of trades are, described as being in the money to the party that has accrued a positive net balance.For example, parties to an ISDA agreement do not typically settle their trades on a daily or even weekly or monthly basis. Rather, the parties run debit and credit balances with one another (usually backed by the daily or weekly exchange of collateral). When the aggregate value of all trade positions under a particular trade or group of trades is positive for a party, that party is said to be in the money on that trade or group of trades.This term is also commonly used in the context of options.In a situation where the exercise or strike price for an option is:• In the case of a call option, below the market price of the asset or commodity underlying the option, which would permit the party exercising the call option to buy the underlying asset or commodity at a lower price and sell it at the (higher) market price for a profit, such option is in the money to that party.• In the case of a put option, above the market price of the asset or commodity underlying the option, which would permit the party exercising the put option to sell the underlying asset or commodity at a higher price and buy it at the (lower) market price for a profit, such option is in the money to that party.Related terms
Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. www.practicallaw.com. 2010.