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Assume that it is early February and that you are tracking the steep decline in Chinese markets. Further, assume that you are convinced that the Chinese government will get a good handle on the virus and that the markets will return to higher levels within a few months. There are many call options contracts available on indices that track the Chinese markets. Why is there a good chance that you will lose money when buying a call, even if you are correct and the Chinese stock market slowly recovers?