Questions tagged [derivatives]

This tag is to be used for any question on derivatives. It should typically be used in conjuction with the actual instrument being used like futures, options, swaps, etc.

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Are there any trading products which track inflation?

Are there any derivative trading products that track inflation very well? I was thinking for example that there would be something like consumer price index derivatives. Or maybe derivatives for some ...
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What is Derivative trading and why stock buying selling is not derivative

In finance, a derivative is a contract that derives its value from the performance of an underlying entity. This underlying entity can be an asset, index, or interest rate. By this definition stocks ...
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Future price == strike price in the future contract?

Assume a future contract specifies that the holder of the contract will need to buy corn from XYZ farm at £100 per tonne, 1 tonne. So total deal value when realizing this contract is £100. We all ...
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What, exactly, are the "S&P 500 index swaps" held by UPRO?

I've thought about investing in UPRO, the ProShares UltraPro S&P500 3x leveraged ETF. But, of course, I don't want to invest in it until I have a good understanding of it, including its historical ...
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Is the market maker for a particular stock also the market maker for that stock's options?

Is the market maker for a particular stock also the market maker for that stock's options? ... or is it a different person entirely that makes the options markets for that stock? If it's 2 different ...
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Do compound options trade on exchanges or do they only trade over-the-counter?

Do options on options (i.e. compound options) trade on derivatives exchanges? Or are they only traded over-the-counter? If they do trade on exchanges, which exchanges do they trade on?
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Short an option - random assignment?

I'm still really new to options but I'm trying to understand this concept of assignment. Let’s say I’m short a call of Microsoft at a strike of 80 set to expire in a quarter. Microsoft surges for ...
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What happened if I don't buy back the profitable put option I sold two weeks ago?

Let's say I sold a TSLA put for 2$. If the underlying price moves up, I can buy it back when reaching 50% percent and collect 100$. What happened if the price moves up and I don't buy it back, do I ...
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Margin accounts and futures delivery

I'm trying to understand the market mechanics of futures with delivery. For sake of example, assume 0 interest rates and no cost of carry, and that I bought a futures contract on Jan 1 with Feb 1 ...
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How do I bet that a stock price will not move?

If I believe a stock will go up, I buy the stock. If I believe a stock will go down, I short the stock. If I believe a stock will neither go up nor down, what do I do? How do I profit from a non-...
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Futures Calendar Spread Quote Convention

Hoping to get this question answered on SExch so I don't have to ask someone on the Desk and betray my ignorance. Trading a Calendar Spread in equity derivatives involves selling/buying the near/far ...
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Is It easy to buy back a put-option on its expiry date?

Say I sold a BABA put expiring 5/24 . The usual advise is to close at 50% profit. What If I leave my position open until the expiry date. The put option will be expiring with no value for the other ...
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Does the current Dodd-Frank Act ban speculation in OTC swaps?

Does the current version of the Dodd-Frank Act ban speculative positions in non-exchange cleared (OTC) swaps? It does not refer to any specific type of swap, but my current understanding of the bill ...
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Do options contracts give you cash or the underlying?

Whenever I read about options valuation, it's phrased in terms of payoff diagrams. For European options, the value at expiry is the difference between the strike and the market price of the underlying ...
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VEF/USD trading option

Does there exist a VEF/USD (Venezuelan bolivar) spot or derivative market on any public exchange?
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Size of market for physically delivered futures

I understand the difference between cash settled and physically setted futures contracts. I also know that most physically settled contracts end up not being exercised and are closed before expiration....
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Can selling naked calls create counterfeit shares?

I understand that illegal naked shorting can lead to FTDs since same share can be loaned out and shorted multiple times. This can lead to a situation where >100% of a stock's float is shorted (Ref: ...
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How do derivative prices react so quickly to changes in underlying prices?

Just trying to understand something with the market pricing and how it works. There are literally thousands, if not millions of derivatives tied to say an index fund (which in turn are composed of a ...
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Why are Short Put option strategy losses said to be unlimited when they are limited by fact that stocks don't fall below zero?

This is really more a question about terminology. In many articles describing synthetic long stock options strategy, losses (on the Short Put leg of the trade) are noted as being "unlimited"....
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Does exercising an option move the price?

This is a follow up question to this one. Summary: There are deep in-the-money puts at strikes of $800 being traded for an instrument whose price is much below that (in the ballpark of $225 at the ...
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Deep in the money put options

I'm trying to make sense of this option: Type: put Expiry: 2021-02-05 (= this week's Friday) Bid: 580.4 Ask: 584.9 Contract size: 100 Strike: 800 The underlying's last price is $225. Buying this put ...
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Please explain this put option

Earlier today, I purchased 2 put options on GME. The opening price was around $295. The price dropped $30 in 45 minutes to below $265. Why am I not making any money? I looked at all of the put option ...
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Are there any major advantages of selling put options with a longer expiry date?

If I wish to sell put options to collect the premium, are there advantages of setting a time to expiry of 56 days as opposed to 30 days? Does this lower the risk? Here I am considering American style ...
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Options : low IV = selling, high IV = buying?

Trying to make sense of the following sentences found in an article High volume and low volatility indicates that option contracts are being sold. High volume and high volatility indicates option ...
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How do we trade and earn profits in future contracts? [closed]

Suppose there is a future contract with a market price of $100 and its lot size is 50, so can I purchase the lot at $100? And while selling before expiry or in intraday, suppose the price is $150, so ...
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Vanilla options on major US equity indexes – what is the best way to buy them via individual brokerage account?

Please help me with two questions: What is the best way to buy plain vanilla options on US large, mid, and small cap indexes, such as Russell. I’m looking for some actively tradeable options with ...
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Black & Scholes article : option pricing

I am currently reading the famous article by Fischer Black and Myron Scholes called 'The pricing of Options and Corporate liabilities'. Just at the beginning of the article, they go on and explain ...
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How are futures contracts setup at an exchange?

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how the actual contracts are structured at an exchange. Here are my questions: If an exchange facilitates the trading of futures contracts and nobody ...
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Forward contract hedge and market-maker

Referring to McDonald's Derivatives Markets book, a market-maker or arbitrageur must be able to offset the risk of a forward contract. It is possible to do this by creating a synthetic forward ...
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Return on a futures contract

If Sam invests $200000 on Futures and takes Futures short position on an index fund whose settlement is one year from now, with the current futures price being $1200. The relation between spot price(S)...
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What Strategy are these option writers following?

This is the option chain from NIFTY Index about a month from expiry. Apart from speculation what strategy could these option writers be following by writing in the money calls at 10000 or puts at ...
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Is there a financial product that allows speculation on GDP?

is there an financial product linked to the GDP of the US (or other countries)? There are plenty of derivatives and certificates whose underlying equity is the Dow Jones, which makes it possible to ...
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When entering a Futures contract, must the margin deposit be idle or can I profit from it?

Let's say I am trading in a Reg-T Margin account. When entering a Futures contract, a certain amount of cash is needed as collateral (usually 5%-15%). I'd like to see that collateral generate income ...
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Do I get a second chance if I fail the SGX quiz?

To trade Specified Investment Products (SIPs) such futures, options and structured warrants, I need to pass the SGX quiz. What happens if I fail the quiz? Will I get a second chance? What is the ...
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Carry trading using forward contracts

I am curious as to how someone performs a carry trade using forward contracts. I've read that you go long on the currency that has the higher interest rate but this confuses me. In particular, I've ...
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How can I gamble in a "lottery" by using financial instruments?

I noticed that some financial instruments have lottery-like payoffs. If that is really the case, I am planning to play the "lottery" using financial instruments instead of the lotteries ...
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Is this legal: going long on call options and artificially increasing the price of the underlying asset seconds before expiration?

Let's say I bought a particular call option and own the majority of it. On the very last second (before the expiry date, seconds before the market closes), if I bought every single offer in the ...
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What is the Meaning of the Black-Scholes Value?

We are currently learning about the Black-Scholes Merton Model. I understand the process of finding the call option. However, I'm wondering what the answer actually means. For example: Stock Price = ...
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If option prices are publicly quoted on an options exchange, why do people use Black-Sholes to estimate their price?

I always wondered why the Black-Sholes-Merton model was used to estimate the price of European-style options when their prices are available on quoted exchanges? I think I am missing something big ...
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Why is XYZ $70.5 strike call more expensive than $68 strike call?

The link below shows the February 16 call option listing for company XYZ. I used to think that, the higher the strike price, the cheaper the call option. Obviously, the price pattern for this ...
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What are prepaid warrants used for?

I understand the how regular warrants (i.e. non-prepaid warrants) work, and what they could be used for. However, I don't understand what prepaid warrants are used for. Suppose a company issues a ...
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Price of a share's futures [duplicate]

Is the price of a share's future contract in the secondary market dependent on supply demand of the share in the secondary market or is it also influenced by the supply demand of the future's contract ...
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Who are allowed to take short positions in WTI CRUDE Oil futures?

Can any individual like me take short position?
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What financial intrument pays out a fixed amount when a strike price is reached?

What is the name of the financial instrument that pays out a fixed amount when a strike price has been reached? For example, the contract may stipulate that I get paid exactly $100 when the S&P ...
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negative delta for bull put spread

I am working on bull put spread. Currently the spot is way below both the strike prices. So one strike is deep in the money and other is in the money. Net position delta retrieved from Bloomberg for ...
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Short put options (derivatives)

Can anyone solve this question?? "An options trader is short put options on a stock. Explain the directional market risk to this position and how could the trader hedge themselves in the underlying if ...
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Who is on the buy-side of a sell-to-close call options trade?

While I think I understand the mechanics of opening a call position, I am confused about the mechanics of closing a call option prior to expiry. I am party A. Buy-to-open: Party A (buy-side) is ...
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What happens if I do not honor a futures contract?

I have little knowledge about futures contracts. The recent negative price of crude oil spurred my curiosity about this stuff. I read this post about buying/selling futures contracts. According to ...
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What does it exactly mean by saying "buy/sell a futures contract"?

If I buy a crude oil futures contract at $20/barrel and sell it later at $10/barrel, I seem to buy/sell two different contracts. First, the entities of the contract change from me and exchange to ...
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What is the real cost for storing a barrel of crude oil at present?

The recent negative price of WTI crude oil futures contract indicates the receipt/storage of a barrel of crude oil can cost more than $37, which is unbelievable. Does anybody know the real cost at ...