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This is used as a hedging strategy. As an example, if a trader purchased an average price put contract of 1,000 barrels of crude when the product is $70 with a view to benefit from falling prices, and the price on expiration is $63, then the average price put payout will be ($70 - $63) X 1,000 barrels = $7,000 (less commissions payable on the trade. If the price on expiration was say $73, then the payout for the trade is zero.

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