Futures Options Writing + Dow Jones CASH Index Chart + Levels 6.26.2019

Futures Options Writing + Dow Jones CASH Index Chart + Levels 6.26.2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

by Ilan-Levy Mayer of Cannon Trading Company, Inc.


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Futures Options Writing

Have you ever wondered who sells thefutures optionsthat most people buy? These people are known as the option writers/sellers. Their sole objective is to collect the premium paid by the option buyer. Option writing can also be used for hedging purposes and reducing risk. An option writer has the exact opposite to gain as the option buyer. The writer has unlimited risk and a limited profit potential, which is the premium of the option minus commissions. When writing naked futures options your risk is unlimited, without the use of stops. This is why we recommend exiting positions once a market trades through an area you perceived as strong support or resistance. So why would anyone want to write an option? Here are a few reasons:

Most futures options expire worthless and out of the money. Therefore, the option writer is collecting the premium the option buyer paid. There are three ways to win as an option writer. A market can go in the direction you thought, it can trade sideways and in a channel, or it can even go slowly against you but not through your strike price. The advantage is time decay. The writer believes the futures contract will not reach a certain strike price by the expiration date of the option. This is known as naked option selling. To hedge against a futures position. For example: someone who goes long cocoa at 850 can write a 900 strike price call option with about one month of time until option expiration. This allows you to collect the premium of the

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