Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Trading Interest Rate Options

US Treasury yields are inching up as traders expect the Federal Reserve to cut back on its quantitative easing program as soon as next month. The Fed has been buying $85 Billion worth of US Treasuries a month which has kept interest rates low and helped US industry, the housing market, and the economy in [...]

Trading Agricultural Futures Options

Producing and buying agricultural products can be risky. Prices can rise rapidly if there is a threat to supply and fall equally fast if there is an overabundance. People need to eat so there is a fairly constant demand. A constant concern for production is the weather. The threat of drought in the American Great Plains, the Ukraine, Brazil, or Argentina can drive up soybean, corn, wheat, and cattle prices. Excellent weather across North America is predictive of abundant harvests of wheat from Texas to Alberta and a fall in wheat prices. Trading agricultural futures options is a common way to hedge risk for both producers and buyers of agricultural products. A farm co-operative may buy calls on corn futures whereas a meat processor may buy calls on pork bellies. They both buy options to hedge risk .

Interest Rate Driven Oil Futures Options

Volatility has risen for options on oil futures. Usually this has to do with basic supply and demand issues and associated market uncertainty. This time it has to do with interest rate driven oil futures options. In short the Federal Reserve has been buying $85 Billion in treasury bills every month. This has served to keep interest rates low and help with the economic recovery in the USA. However, the Fed will now keep this up indefinitely. According to recent comments by Fed chairman Bernanke, the Fed will gradually ease off of this policy as the economy improves. As is often the case word or two by the Fed chairman can rile the markets. In order to make a profitable option trade , a trader needs a glimpse of the future. When we have interest rate driven oil futures options traders look to the Fed for a hint of where interest rates and the economy are going.

Timing Options Purchases

Timing options purchases can be as important to success in options trading as accurate technical and fundamental analysis. Whether one uses a long options strategy or a short options trading strategy, the most efficient use of trading capital is to enter and exit the market rapidly and with the maximum profit. In trading options on [...]

Online Options Trading

Stocks go up and stocks go down. Commodities rally and rallies fizzle. The Euro is in free fall and the pulls out. How can a stock, commodity, or currency trader profit from these market moves? In today’s world the internet and electronic trading make online options trading a viable way to [...]