# Priced Call Spread

Zoe Alpha Release v0.8.1. Last updated 2020-9-15.
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This contract implements a fully collateralized call spread. You can use a call spread as a financial building block(opens new window) to create futures, puts, calls, and event binaries that would form the basis for a prediction market, insurance, and much more. A call spread is a combination of a call option bought at one strike price and a second call option sold at a higher price. A call spread has two participating seats that pay out complementary amounts depending on the value of some good at a known future time. This video gives a walkthrough of the implementation(opens new window) of the contract.

There are two variants of the callSpread. In this version, the creator requests a pair of invitations, each of which enables the holder to obtain one of the positions by providing a started portion of the collateral. The other is called the fundedCallSpread. It is fully funded by its creator, who can then sell (or otherwise transfer) the options to other parties. The Zoe invitations representing options are produced in pairs. The individual options are Zoe invitations whose details are inspectable by prospective purchasers.

These options are settled financially. There is no requirement that the original purchaser have ownership of the underlying asset at the start, and the beneficiaries shouldn't expect to take delivery at closing.

# Issuers

The Strike and Collateral currencies are often the same, however these contracts decouple the currencies. You can have, for example, a spread based on APPL stock (Underlying), with the stock price in USD (Strike) and contract paying out in JPY (Collateral).

The issuerKeywordRecord specifies issuers for three keywords: Underlying, Strike, and Collateral.

  • The asset whose eventual value determines the payouts uses Underlying. This is often a fungible currency, but doesn't have to be. It would be perfectly valid to have a call spread contract on the value of a "Superior Magic Sword", as long as there was a price oracle to determine its price at the expiration time.
  • The original deposit and the payout use the Collateral issuer.
  • Strike amounts are used for the price oracle's quote as to the value of the Underlying, as well as the strike prices in the terms.

# Terms

The terms include { timer, underlyingAmount, expiration, priceAuthority, strikePrice1, strikePrice2, settlementAmount }.

  • timer is a timer(opens new window) , and must be recognized by priceAuthority.
  • expiration is a time recognized by the timer.
  • underlyingAmount is passed to priceAuthority. It could be an NFT or a fungible amount.
  • strikePrice2 must be greater than strikePrice1.
  • settlementAmount is the amount deposited by the creator and split between the holders of the options. It uses Collateral.
  • priceAuthority is an oracle that has a timer so it can respond to requests for prices as of a stated time. After the deadline, it will issue a PriceQuote giving the value of the underlying asset in the strike currency.
// underlying is 2 Simoleans, strike range is 30-50 (doubled)
const terms = harden({
  expiration: 3,
  underlyingAmount: simoleans(2),
  strikePrice1: moola(60),
  strikePrice2: moola(100),
  settlementAmount: bucks(300),
  timer: manualTimer,
// Alice creates a pricedCallSpread instance
const issuerKeywordRecord = harden({
  Underlying: simoleanIssuer,
  Collateral: bucksIssuer,
  Strike: moolaIssuer,
const { creatorFacet } = await zoe.startInstance(

# Creating the Option Invitations

The terms specify all the details of the options. A call to creatorFacet.makeInvitationPair() is required to specify the share (as a whole number percentage) that will be contributed for the long position. It returns a pair of invitations.

const invitationPair = await E(creatorFacet).makeInvitationPair(75);
const { longInvitation, shortInvitation } = invitationPair;

The creator gives these invitations to the two parties (or might retain one for their own use.) When Bob receives an invitation, he can extract the value of the call spread option that he wants, and create a proposal. The collateral required is also in the option's details. The holders of the invitations can exercise with the required collateral to receive the actual call spread option positions.

const bobProposal = harden({
  want: { Option: longOption },
  give: { Collateral: bucks(longOptionValue.collateral) },
const bobFundingSeat = await zoe.offer(await longInvitation, bobProposal, {
  Collateral: bobBucksPayment,
const bobOption = await bobFundingSeat.getPayout('Option');

# Validating the Options

The options are packaged as invitations so they are fully self-describing, and can be verified with Zoe, so their value is apparent to anyone who might be interested in them.

const invitationIssuer = await E(zoe).getInvitationIssuer();
const longAmount = await E(invitationIssuer).getAmountOf(longInvitation);
const longOptionValue = longAmount.value[0];
const longOption = longOptionValue.option;

t.is(installation, longOptionValue.installation);
t.is('long', longOptionValue.position);
t.is(225, longOptionValue.collateral);

The details of the underlying call spread option are accessible from the terms associated with this instance of the contract.

const bobTerms = await E(zoe).getTerms(longOptionValue.instance);
t.truthy(simoleansMath.isEqual(simoleans(2), bobTerms.underlyingAmount));
t.truthy(bucksMath.isEqual(bucks(300), bobTerms.settlementAmount));

# Options can be Exercised Independently

The option position invitations can be exercised for free, and provide their payouts under the keyword Collateral.

const bobOptionSeat = await zoe.offer(bobLongOption);
const bobPayout = bobOptionSeat.getPayout('Collateral');

The contract doesn't rely on the options being exercised before the specified close. If either option is exercised after the closing price is determined, the payouts will still be available. The two options make their payment available as soon after exercise as the price is available, and neither waits for the other to exercise.