Options And Futures Articles

  1. A Crisis vs. THE Crisis: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

    Two of the most notable crises in the past 6-8 months, Ukraine and Syria, both seemed to cause rallies in the gold market.
  2. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Gold Standard

    Many feel that with the instability that occurred in the first decade of the 21st century, some form of the gold standard should be brought back.
  3. Use Knock-Out Options To Lower The Cost of Hedging

    Unlike a plain-vanilla call or put option where the only price defined is the strike price, a knock-out option has to specify two prices – the strike price and the knock-out barrier price.
  4. Give Yourself More Options With Weekly and Quarterly Options

    Weekly and quarterly options were introduced to give a greater choice of option expirations to investors, and enable them to trade more efficiently.
  5. The Insiders Who Fix Rates for Gold, Currencies And Libor

    The system by which benchmark rates are fixed for interest rates, currencies and gold is archaic - and, many would argue, deeply flawed.
  6. How Credit Event Binary Options Can Protect You In A Credit Crisis

    CEBOs are designed to offer protection from “Credit Events” like bankruptcy or a global economic crisis, and thus are quite different from standard call and put options.
  7. Which Vertical Option Spread Should You Use?

    Knowing which option spread strategy to use in different market conditions can significantly improve your odds of success in options trading.
  8. How The Forex "Fix" May Be Rigged

    When it comes to forex, some types of "fixes" are legal. But some really aren't.
  9. Mini Options: A Useful Tool For Trading High-Priced Securities

    Mini options are option contracts wherein the underlying security is 10 shares of a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF). This is the main difference between mini options and standard options, which have 100 shares as the underlying security.
  10. What is a Bear Call Spread?

    A bear call spread is an option strategy that involves the sale of a call option, and the simultaneous purchase of a call option (on the same underlying asset) with the same expiration date but a higher strike price. A bear call spread is one of the four basic types of vertical spreads.
  11. What is a Bear Put Spread?

    A bear put spread entails the purchase of a put option and the simultaneous sale of another put with the same expiration but a lower strike price.
  12. What is an Iron Butterfly Option Strategy?

    This relatively simple strategy is designed to provide a profit for investors who believe that there will be minimal price movement in the underlying security until expiration.
  13. What is a Bull Call Spread?

    A bull call spread is an option strategy that involves the purchase of a call option, and the simultaneous sale of another option (on the same underlying asset) with the same expiration date but a higher strike price. A bull call spread is one of the four basic types of vertical spreads.
  14. Creative Ways to Protect Your Stock Portfolio

    Protecting your stock portfolio is an extremely important part of portfolio management.
  15. An Overview of Weather Derivatives

    Investopedia explains: Weather derivatives allow businesses to safeguard against unusual temperatures or levels of precipitation that may adversely affect financial performance.
  16. What Is A Bull Put Spread?

    Investopedia explains: A bull put spread is a variation of the popular put writing strategy, in which an options investor writes a put on a stock to collect premium income and perhaps buy the stock at a bargain price.
  17. Options Basics: How to Pick the Right Strike Price

    The strike price has an enormous bearing on how your option trade will play out. Read on to learn about some basic principles that should be followed when selecting the strike price for an option.
  18. Introduction To Trading Eurodollar Futures

    Introduction to trading eurodollar futures, covering eurodollar time deposits, the history of eurodollars, hedging and speculating with eurodollar futures.
  19. What You Need To Know About Binary Options Outside The U.S.

    Binary or digital options are a simple way to trade price fluctuations in multiple global markets.
  20. A Fresh Look At The Financial Markets

    Different markets provide unique opportunities and risks for investors. Find out more here.
  21. Introduction to SPOT Options

    Single-payment options trading (SPOT) allows investors to have full control over their investments.
  22. Introduction To Put Writing

    Learn about a strategy that may be appropriate if you have a positive outlook on a stock.
  23. Introduction To Single Stock Futures

    These contracts allow for easier shorting, and provide more leverage and flexibility than stocks.
  24. Exotic Options: A Getaway From Ordinary Trading

    Exotic options are like regular options, except that they have unique features that make them complex. These unusual investment vehicles can reignite your interest in trading.
  25. Getting A Handle On The Options Premium

    The price of an option, otherwise known as the premium, has two basic components: the intrinsic value and the time value. Understanding these factors better can help the trader discern which contracts represent a good value for the money.
  26. Reducing Risk With Options

    If you want to use leverage to your advantage, you must know how many contracts to buy.
  27. The Basics Of Option Price

    Options can be an excellent addition to a portfolio. Find out how to get started.
  28. Get The Most Out Of Employee Stock Options

    These plans can be lucrative for employees - if they know how to avoid unnecessary taxes.
  29. How To Avoid Closing Options Below Intrinsic Value

    To get the best return possible on your options trading, it is important to understand how options work and the markets in which they trade.
  30. Breaking Down The Binomial Model To Value An Option

    Find out how to carve your way into this valuation model niche.
  31. Stocks Remain The Best Long-Term Bet

    When looking at a wide set of data, it becomes clear that stocks are still the best way to maximize a portfolio's long-term growth potential.
  32. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  33. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  34. Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print

    These offer higher returns than regular certificates of deposit, but there's a catch.
  35. Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are essentially bearish strategies used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or index, or to hedge downside risk in a portfolio or specific stock.
  36. Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  37. American Vs. European Options

    These two options have many similar characteristics, but it's the differences that are important.
  38. An Introduction To Gamma-Delta Neutral Option Spreads

    Find the middle ground between conservative and high-risk option strategies.
  39. Managing Interest Rate Risk

    Learn which tools you need to manage the risk that comes with changing rates.
  40. The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  41. An Overview Of Commodities Trading

    Commodities markets, both historically and in modern times, have had tremendous economic impact on nations and people. Investing in commodities can quickly degenerate into gambling or speculation when a trader makes uninformed decisions. However, by using commodity futures or hedging, investors and business planners can secure insurance against volatile prices.
  42. The Copper King: An Empire Built On Manipulation

    Find out how Yasuo Hamanaka's actions in the copper market forever changed the rules for commodity traders.
  43. Should You Trust Your Instincts On Gold?

    The trouble with gold is that even as stocks are going up and the gold price is hurting, investors and central banks are loading up on gold and silver like never before. There’s a disconnect here and one of these sides is right and one is wrong.
  44. Warrants And Call Options

    Warrants and call options are securities that are quite similar in many respects, but they also have some notable differences. Both give the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy a common share directly from the company at a fixed price for a pre-defined time period.
  45. An Introduction To CFDs

    The benefits of these securities abound, but high leverage also magnifies potential losses.
  46. Using Index Futures To Predict The Future

    Want to know whether the stock market will open up or down? Check out the index futures.
  47. Make Your Precious Metal Choice Less ‘Golden’

    The recent rout in gold prices has affected the rest of the precious metals space as well. However, unlike gold, platinum is benefiting from long term industrial demand as well as constrained supplies. For investors, the white metal could be their best bet in the precious metals sector.
  48. Is The Gold Pain Over?

    After falling more than 13%, gold has staged a rebound but is that for fundamental reasons or the work of value investors? Will gold reward investors who didn't give up or is there more pain ahead?
  49. Uncovering Oil And Gas Futures

    Find out how to stay on top of data reports that could cause volatility in oil and gas markets.
  50. Invest Like Buffett: Building A Baby Berkshire

    Get a piece of Warren Buffett's profit by using Form 13F to coattail his picks.
  51. Leading Economic Indicators Predict Market Trends

    Leading indicators help investors to predict and react to where the market is headed.
  52. Cash: A Call Option With No Expiration Date

    Cash is generally regarded as a drag on investment returns, but sometimes it may be preferable to hold a substantial cash amount instead of investing it in other assets. This is because having cash on hand gives an investor the flexibility to acquire an asset or assets at bargain prices when the opportunity arises, such as during periods of uncertainty when cash is king.
  53. What Is Wrong With Gold?

    Despite its historic and symbolic appeal, this metal is simply a commodity. Here we explore its meaning as an investment.
  54. Business Grads, Land Your Dream Job

    Companies are in need of strategic candidates, not walking resumes. Find out how to set yourself apart from the pack and land the business career you've always wanted.
  55. The Best Way To Buy Silver

    Discover whether ETFs or physical bullion is the best way for investors to get exposure to silver.
  56. Exploring Non-Dollar Currencies For Forex Trading

    Learn how investments in foreign currencies can diversify your portfolio.
  57. Candlestick Charting: What Is It?

    Discover the components and basic patterns of this ancient technical analysis technique.
  58. The Most Affordable Way to Buy Gold: Physical Gold or ETFs?

    Investing in gold has never been easier than it is today. Check out this article to learn more about gold ETFs and other ways that you can add gold to your portfolio.
  59. Bloated Budget? How To Trim The Fat

    Blood, sweat and tears should belong in the gym, but your money deserves some training time too.
  60. Top 5 Budgeting Questions Answered

    You don't need a degree to understand your money, begin saving and pay down debt.
  61. Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  62. Exploring European Options

    The ability to exercise only on the expiration date is what sets these options apart.
  63. Bear Put Spreads: A Roaring Alternative To Short Selling

    This strategy allows you to stop chasing losses when you're feeling bearish.
  64. Build Your Small Business During Downswings

    Here we offer some cost-saving measures to strengthen your business even when the market is weak.
  65. Retirement Savings Tips For 35- To 44-Year-Olds

    Learn how the "sandwich generation" can save for retirement while taking care of their kids and parents.
  66. Derivatives 101

    Learn how to use this type of investment as an alternative way to participate in the market.
  67. Risk Tolerance Only Tells Half The Story

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
  68. Finding Your Investing Comfort Zone

    Choosing the right investments for you is the best way to feel comfortable with your portfolio.
  69. Investors: Rely On Your Gut

    Find out how your personality and natural instincts can direct your investment choices.
  70. Most Affordable Cups of Coffee

    With coffee playing an important role in social norms, this article looks at the most and least affordable cups of coffee available.
  71. Finding Your Margin Investment Sweet Spot

    Borrowing to increase profits isn't for the faint of heart, but margin trading can mean big returns.
  72. Using Options To Pay Off Debt

    We tell you about four option strategies that could provide a way to pay off your debt.
  73. Simplify Your Portfolio

    Faced with an overabundance of choices, many investors forget to stick to the basics.
  74. Hedging With ETFs: A Cost-Effective Alternative

    The benefits of ETFs for hedging are clear and investors of all sizes are taking notice.
  75. Minis Provide Low-Cost Entry To Futures Market

    These contracts provide access to commodities without a huge capital commitment.
  76. Pin Down Stock Price With Real Options

    How can you assign a value to what a company may do with its business in the future? We explain how it works.
  77. Forget The Stop, You've Got Options

    Using options instead of stop-loss orders adds finesse and control in limiting losses.
  78. Implied Volatility: Buy Low And Sell High

    This value is an essential ingredient in the option pricing recipe.
  79. Why The Price Of Crude Oil Is Dropping

    There are many reasons why the price of crude oil is falling, and Sandy is only one of them.
  80. Cutting Edge Options Trades: The Zero-Premium Hedge

    This options trade is essentially free and can have huge profit potential, but it's not without its risks.
  81. Offset Risk With Options, Futures And Hedge Funds

    Though all portfolios contain some risk, there are ways to lower it. Find out how.
  82. Precious Metals Funds: A Golden Opportunity?

    Used intelligently, precious metals can help an investor obtain decent returns in a terrible market.
  83. The Barnyard Basics Of Derivatives

    This tale of a fictional chicken farm is a great way to learn how derivatives work in the market.
  84. A Forex Trader's View Of The Aussie/Gold Relationship

    We look at why this relationship exists and how you can use it to produce solid gold returns.
  85. Introduction To Incentive Stock Options

    Here are some basic highlights of how ISOs work and the ways they can be used.
  86. Strategies To Reduce Pain At The Pump

    Here's a look at why gas prices are so high and how that can be changed in the U.S.
  87. Are Derivatives A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

    They've contributed to some major market scandals, but these instruments aren't all bad.
  88. Using LEAPS With Collars

    This options strategy will help you lock in profit while keeping your upside potential.
  89. Fundamental Speed: The "Duck-And-Jab" Approach To Forex

    By using economic releases in a timely way, buyers can beat the "big players" without endless chart analysis.
  90. Short Sales For Market Downturns

    This strategy can help in market downturns, but it's not for inexperienced traders.
  91. $1 Salaried CEOs Making Millions

    Some CEOs who are paid $1 annually are actually among the highest-paid when all forms of compensation are taken into account.
  92. Covered Call Strategies For A Falling Market

    Find out how to come out on top, even when the market is dropping.
  93. Could Alchemy Threaten The Gold Market?

    Some of the dreams of medieval alchemists may finally be coming true, but what does that mean for the market?
  94. 8 Reasons To Own Gold

    This precious metal's rich history stems from its ability to maintain value over the long term.
  95. How To Invest In Commodities

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  96. Is Now The Time To Buy Put Options?

    A market correction is sure to occur sometime in the near future. Discover if hedging can protect your portfolio.
  97. Leveraged Investment Showdown

    Margin loans, futures and ETF options can all mean better returns, but which one should you pick?
  98. How To Talk Like An Investor

    Learn all the lingo you'll need to start investing or to impress your coworkers around the water cooler.
  99. Your Futures Are In Good Hands With CTAs

    Profit from up, down and sideways markets with commodity trading advisors.
  100. ETFs Vs. Index Funds: Quantifying The Differences

    If you are trying to choose between these two index-tracking investments, compare the costs.
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