I simply can't wrap my head around the concept of Gamma. I've read multiple sites and explanations and for some reason can't wrap my head around the logic, so I feel that it'll really help for me to explain my understanding and have someone point out where I'm incorrect/flawed. Apologies for the elementary question.

If I have a delta-hedged position (so delta = 0) and I'm short options, this means I'm short (negative) gamma, from what I've read. Now, my thoughts are that if the spot price increases, this implies that my delta is now negative, which means that as the spot price increases, the option price is decreasing. If I've sold this option, why isn't this fall in price good for me?

I know that I'm incorrect, I just don't understand $why$ or where I'm going wrong. Any help or pointing out my errors would be much appreciated. Thank you


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Just because your position's delta is negative does not imply that the option price is decreasing when spot increases.

Suppose you are short calls and long futures. The market moves up, so the call price increases. But since you have a short position in the call, you lose money. Since the call has a positive gamma, it will lose money (increasingly) faster than the constant long-futures position makes money.


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