Questions tagged [derivatives]

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Buying a small amount (e.g. $50) of stock via eToro “Social Trading Network” using a “CFD”?

On LinkedIn I saw an ad claiming I could buy some AAPL stock for as little as $50. I clicked and came to a site called eToro that calls themselves a "Social Trading Network". It appears the buying of ...
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Is there a catch on this structured derivative product?

I have a friend who is looking at purchasing this derivative product from JPMorgan. It looks more or less like it's pretty difficult to lose ( ie. not do better than investing in a plain s&p ...
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Why trade futures if you have options?

This article explains the difference between futures and options. It seems a futures contract is an obligation, while an option is a right (not an obligation). If this is true, why would anybody ever ...
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Is there a way to bet on the trade volume of a stock?

Say, stock ABC trades 100,000 shares per day. I feel strongly that in the near future it will trade 200,000 shares per day. Is there an instrument I can buy to profit on this? To be clear, I don't ...
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Does a high demand for long commodities Futures push up the underlying spot price?

Let's take a commodity as an example - oil. Suppose there is suddenly a high demand for a 30-day oil futures contract. Will that push up the spot price on oil? I would guess that this would affect ...
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What are futures and how are they different from options?

As a form of investment there are contracts to buy commodities at a specific time in the future or at a specific price. How is this different from an option to buy a share?
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Where does the money go?

I've studied the derivatives market, and I've heard of a number of huge losses by firms; I've heard of individuals forewarning against investing in this market. I never hear about the big winners. ...
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Is it illegal to buy derivatives on your own assets?

Is it illegal to buy derivatives on your own assets? Such as student loans you owe, or your own mortgage?
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What exactly is a “derivative”?

I haven't been able to find exactly what a derivative means. It seems to be some sort of cross of insurance, stock, and lay-a-way. When I try to look it up, all I find is all the problems not ...
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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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Reasons for a warrant's intrinsic value and price not adding up?

I'm looking at a specific (American-style) warrant of a company and let's say I see something like the following: Warrant Bid/Ask: 0.30$/0.35$ Strike Price: 15$ Current stock price: 16$ Expiration ...
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Fund or ETF that simulates the investment goals of an options “straddle” strategy?

With all the market volatility of late, I was thinking that it might be a good short term strategy to employ a straddle approach. For those not familiar with Options trading: This is a strategy ...
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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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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 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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Margin when entered into a derivative contract

From Wikipedia In finance, a margin is collateral that the holder of a financial instrument has to deposit to cover some or all of the credit risk of their counterparty (most often their broker ...
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How can the writer of an option cancel or reverse the position & obligation before exercise or expiration?

How can the writer of, say, a call option cancel or reverse the position and its obligation (to deliver shares) before the option is exercised or the expiration date reached? Can an option that has ...
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How to make an investment in a single company's stock while remaining market-neutral?

Supposing that I "believe" in one particular company, but I'm worried that the stock market may be in a bubble overall. How can I invest accordingly? How can I invest in one particular company, while ...
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How do I find the value of British Energy Nuclear Power Notes?

I purchased British Energy shares when the company was floated on the stock exchange back in the late 90's. Now, many years on, I have ended up with Nuclear Power notes. I receive a quarterly ...
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Advice for a beginner investor interested in trading stocks and derivatives online?

I wanted to start an E-Trade account more or less just to fool around with. The goal is always to make money obviously, but at first I just kind of want to experiment and get familiar with the ...
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What is the options industry changing about option symbols in February, 2010?

I've heard that the options industry and options exchanges are making changes to options symbols effective February, 2010. What are the specific changes to stock option symbols? Why are the changes ...
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What is credit default swap rate?

I understand that for a credit default swap (CDS), its CDS spread is the rate of payments that the buyer of the CDS makes to the seller in each year. I also heard of "CDS rate". I wonder how it is ...
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How far into the future is a stock future? How do stock futures work?

I have been looking at the markets recently and most of the time, I see similar articles on how the market is going to do depending on how futures did. I am not that familiar with futures, but how ...
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“Derivative” and “asset-backed security”: Same concept, or related?

Derivative and asset-backed security seem to be similar, as both are based on some other assets. So I wonder if they are the same concept?
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What is the best way to make a bet that a certain stock will go up in the medium term?

If I want to make a $1000 bet that, say, a share of AAPL will be $1000 in a year's time, what's the best way to do that? AAPL is over $600 today, so with my $1000 I can only afford to buy one share. ...
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Are leverage/ko products the only reasonable way to trade stocks?

As a small investor, there is a number of advantages to buying leverage derivatives instead of the actual stock: fixed stop-loss Once the KO barrier is hit, your money is gone - and you do not ...
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Several questions on Bitcoin futures

I have been reading news on crypto-currencies. As a developer, I understand well how Bitcoin works. I also have a basic understanding of finance in general and stocks in particular. I understand how ...
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How does delta and gamma change in relationship to distance between strike and underlying price?

Would be great if someone can provide a graphical explanation to show changes in gamma and delta as price goes toward in the money and away as further out the money. Are there differences that I ...
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Can heavy demand for options drive up or down a stock price?

I understand the market maker is the one quite frequently on the other side of my buy or sell option order (to make sure their is liquidity in the market, and offering the bid / ask spread as "...
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Difference between Black-Scholes, Binomial models and Market price in European index options?

Need some help! I have calculated the theoretical price of an index option using BS and Binomial models and are now comparing the three. While BS and Binomial have approximately the same value, ...
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What is a negotiable security and how are they related to derivatives?

From Wikipedia, security is defined as: A security is generally a fungible, negotiable financial instrument representing financial value.1 Securities are broadly categorized into: * debt ...
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What is the meaning of “writing put options”?

From Wikipedia: A long position in a security, such as a stock or a bond, or equivalently to be long in a security, means the holder of the position owns the security and will profit if the price ...
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Does an equivalent to stock “options” exist for CDs?

I was curious if an individual is able to purchase the option to get a CD at a particular rate in the future? Or alternatively defer the purchase of a CD and lock in the existing rate.
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Buy or sell futures contracts

I cannot find a clear and unambiguous definition of the terms "selling futures contract" or "buying futures contract". From Hull's book: [...] a futures contract is an agreement between two ...
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Can a warrant be “cancelled” by its issuer?

I am wondering if a bank that sells derivatives (Warrants, Turbos ...) can "cancel" their products after a very bad event. Example : Today, I buy 5000 PUT warrants. Then tomorrow, a market crash ...
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How to read options prices

I have been doing research on Options and thus far most of it has been relatively theoretical (mainly pricing models and put/call hedging strategies). Recently I have been looking into actually ...
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What's the difference between a variance swap and a long straddle option trade?

A long straddle is when one is anticipating a swing in stock price, but you’re not sure which direction it will go. And a variance swap is a financial derivative used to hedge or speculate on the ...
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How to continuously plot futures data

Since futures trade on a contract by contract basis, how can you plot the price over an extended period of time? As a reference I have included a plot of VX futures (VIX CBOE volatility index) from ...
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Is there a way to see how much leverage a mutual fund or ETF is using to generate a return

I am taking over some of my IRA and 401K money and I want to move towards a more value based approach with an emphasis on dividends. One thing I have learned on this quest is that most options have ...
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How are derivatives treated in bankruptcy?

If I am a counterparty to a contract (swap, cds etc.) with an entity that went bankrupt and I am due some payment, how "senior" is my claim (amongst the other creditors where do I rank)? I'm sorry if ...
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Calculating Daily Returns for Futures Contract

I am calculating daily returns for a position in a futures contract. I am a little stuck with margin and how to account for it. I specifically dont understand how return is calculated after Margin ...
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How is the price of VXX determined?

I'm trying to understand how VXX works (the prospectus on Barclay's Ipath). It says that it has a rolling position in futures (1 month and 2 month). Does that mean that it buys and sells contracts ...
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Who is the issuer in a derivative contract?

In the case of a bond or a share, there is a bondholder or a shareholder on one side and a company issuing the security on the other side. In a derivative contract, which party can be named as the ...
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UK taxation for options and futures trading

I live in UK and I see that there are 2 taxes when trading: CGT to be paid on capital gain and is 18% or 28% depending if you are basic tax payer or not income tax on any interest or dividend ...
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Financial product with high variance, instead of lottery

When I was a kid, our family would once a year play the lottery. We kids talked with our parents about what we would do if we won the jackpot, and whenever we won something small like $100, we would ...
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Are a derivative and its underlying asset traded with the same party?

Suppose I buy a derivative (option, future, swap, ...) now from some party. As specified by the derivative, sometime in the future, I will buy or sell the underlying asset of the derivative. I wonder ...
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How can an option seller get out of a contract?

I was recently on Optional Alpha, which provides an overview of how to trade options, from A to Z. During one of the videos/lectures, there was an introduction for: buy to open, sell to close, sell ...
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What products can be used to insure against a large market drop?

What products can be purchased to insure against a large market drop, assuming assets involved are US, Canadian and Asian stocks (in the form of public company shares, mutual funds and ETFs)? Options ...
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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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Is the delivery price of a forward contract different from the forward price?

Is there any difference between the delivery price and the forward price of a forward contract? From the definition Investopedia gives of forward price and delivery price, they appear to be the same. ...