In the money (ITM)

‘In the money’ is a term applied in options trading to denote an options contract is profitable or has a positive profitability.

In options trading, if a trader buys a call option at a strike price and during the contract’s validity, the underlying asset exceeds the strike price, the call option is said to be in the money. For a put option, the opposite is true — if the asset’s price is less than the strike price, the option is in the money.


Say, we purchased a call option on an equity share at a strike price of Rs 500 with a three-month tenure. If the spot price of the stock rises above Rs 500, our option would be said to be in the money.

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In options trading, profitability of an option is called moneyness. When the profitability of an option (or moneyness) has zero value then it is called at the money, if positive then in the money, if a negative value then out of money.