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Derivatives - Options & Futures

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Overview

While investing and trading in the options market may seem somewhat more daunting than other asset classes such as stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds, currencies and commodities, you’ll ultimately find that their complexity can be boiled down to simple concepts you’ll be able to understand and use the more you’re exposed to, and have hands-on experience with the material. Our aim is for you to acquire these skills, as well as the know-how, to invest and trade in these often-complex financial instruments.

We'll explore the mechanics of futures market, where we’ll introduce you to some of the risks faced by investors in the futures market, how certain of those risks are mitigated, as well as the difference between spot and forward prices, and contango and backwardation. We’ll also provide you with other insights about the mechanics of trading futures, including the roles of commoditized contracts, as well as margin requirements.

Students may also further their involvement with this material by opening a free demo Trader Workstation Paper Trading account, enabling them to enjoy a hands-on experience in a safe, simulated trading environment, while being fully immersed in the fundamentals that underpin the capital markets.

Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. For more information read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options, also known as the options disclosure document (ODD). To receive a copy of the ODD call 312-542-6901 or copy and paste this link into your browser:
http://www.optionsclearing.com/about/publications/character-risks.jsp

Multiple leg strategies, including spreads, will incur multiple commission charges.

Syllabus

  • All About Options
    • Overview of options, which includes: Distinguishing between call and put options; Identifying the components of an options contract on a trading platform; Making certain decisions in the options market as a contract writer or owner; Viewing different stock options positions; Examining whether a given position is in- or out-of-the-money and Understanding some of the benefits and critical risks faced by equity options traders. Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. For more information read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options, also known as the options disclosure document (ODD). To receive a copy of the ODD call 312-542-6901 or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.optionsclearing.com/about/publications/character-risks.jsp.
  • Options Market Mechanics
    • Learn about the Options Market Mechanics by introducing topics such as put-call parity, pricing, payout of an option trade, and certain risk variables referred to as "The Greeks". Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. For more information read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options, also known as the options disclosure document (ODD). To receive a copy of the ODD call 312-542-6901 or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.optionsclearing.com/about/publications/character-risks.jsp.
      Multiple leg strategies, including spreads, will incur multiple commission charges.
  • Basic Option Strategies
    • This module will focus on some basic strategies to use in bull markets – when prices rise – and in bear markets – where prices fall. As you may have gathered from earlier lessons, the characteristics of options requires skill and precision when making investment decisions. These strategies are displayed to give you an idea of what might work when making investing decisions.

      In this module, we’ll offer an explanation of several strategies for either type of market outlook, and we’ll also walk you through what they are designed to achieve. We’ll further provide a practical demonstration of how to set up each trade using IBKR’s Trader Workstation.

      Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. For more information read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options, also known as the options disclosure document (ODD). To receive a copy of the ODD call 312-542-6901 or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.optionsclearing.com/about/publications/character-risks.jsp.
  • Neutral Market Strategies
    • In the previous module we introduced you to several trades designed to be of use in either up or down markets. In this module, we’ll explore a couple of strategies that may be used by option traders to take advantage of a lull in the markets.
  • Mechanics of the Futures Market
    • Introducing the Mechanics of Futures Market course, where we’ll introduce you to some of the risks faced by investors in the futures market, how certain of those risks are mitigated, as well as the difference between spot and forward prices, and contango and backwardation. We’ll also provide you with other insights about the mechanics of trading futures, including the roles of commoditized contracts, as well as margin requirements.

Taught by

Mary MacNamara, Lucas Deaver, Jeff Praissman, Andrew Wilkinson and Steven Levine

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