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Options: Introduction To Trading Horizontal Spreads On Seasonality

Options: Introduction To Trading Horizontal Spreads On Seasonality

 

 

In the previous article we told you about the idea of trading options on commodity futures with the help of calendar strategies. In brief, commodity futures are influenced by seasonal factors.
 

 

 

 

 

 

However, using calendar spreads in futures trading is attended with the same unpleasant issues like the necessity to trade the given asset directly, with placing stop-loss orders etc.
 
Fortunately, we came up with the idea of trading options instead of futures. Indeed, trading options with the help of calendar strategies is another story as compared to futures spreads. Moreover, some positive factors connected with seasonality can be inherited by option trading strategies, i.e. seasonal appreciation of one contract against the other, which gives option spreads another competitive edge. Once the seasonal factors fail, we are defended by time decay, which is profitable in this case.
 
So, last time we (the Option Trading Department of Masterforex-V Academy) traded corn: a June option was sold while an August option was bought.
 
Let’s monitor the trade. The plan hasn’t worked so far as the seasonal downtrend is delayed (it should have started in early March).

 

 

 

 

The chart above indicates that the spread price has gone 10 points (or $500) up from the entry level.   Now let’s have a look at the riskrofile of our calendar spread (it consists of 4 sold and 4 purchased options):

 

 

 

 

 The paper loss is $200. Why is it a paper loss? If the price stays at this point at expiration, we will get some $2000 as a reward. If the seasonality does work, we will earn extra money.

 

 

 

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EURUSD Starts Friday In Price Range

 

The common European currency has been under the seller’s pressure since Tuesday. The currency pair has been going down from 1.2839. The currency pair went down to 1.2613 yesterday and then recovered a little bit. At this point, this is the low of the week.

Publication date: 24 October 07:34 AM

ForexTrend and Forbes Name Leaders of 2nd Stage of Forex Managers Contest

 

Modern Forex market is available to anyone who wishes so. There have passed the times, when it was necessary to have a considerable capital in order to enter this trading platform. Besides, nobody guaranteed that you could accumulate it, but not drain in a day or two.
 
Publication date: 23 October 05:53 PM

EURUSD: Euro Starts Thursday With Strengthening Against US Dollar

 

Today, on October 23rd, the bullish sentiment in the market of the US Dollar is still underway.  This sentiment is backed by strong economic figures coming from the USA amid weaker figures from the EU, Japan and China – other major economies.

Publication date: 23 October 07:52 AM

EURUSD: Euro Starts Thursday With Strengthening Against US Dollar

 

Amid positive stats on US inflation indicators, the US Dollar continued its way up against the common European currency. Still, the move suspended at 1.2613. This is still the low of the current week. At the same time, this is the point, the currency pair started recovering from on October 23rd. So far, the currency pair has already managed to recover up to 1.2670.

Publication date: 23 October 07:32 AM

Forex and USD: Global Economic Slowdown Affect US Corporations

 

Another US corporate report season is underway. US corporations are currently reporting on their financial performance in Q3 2014. For instance, the Coca-Cola Company reported on Tuesday, October 21st, to show us disappointing quarterly financial performance. In particular, the company’s global sales remained unchanged while the proceeds came out worse than expected. This naturally made Coca Cola’s stock drop in value the same day. McDonand’s and IBM also reported poor results.

Publication date: 23 October 04:14 AM

Masterforex-V Expo: RVD Marekts Leads as Best ECN Broker. October 2014

 

Forex has turned into a major source of stable income for thousands of professional traders worldwide. Still, this success would be impossible but for reputable and reliable Forex brokers helping their clients make big money. Such trusted companies are oriented towards client needs and desires, simultaneously striving hard to improve their offers (including trading conditions) to let everyone enjoy even more convenient and efficient trading.

Publication date: 23 October 03:16 AM

Masterforex-V Expo: NAS Broker Recognized Best STP Broker 2014

 

As you know, the contemporary trading industry has become extremely sophisticated and competitive. Hundreds of broking companies keep competing for the right to render broking services to new and existing traders and investors. You shouldn't be surprised with the fact since Forex is the world's biggest financial market where trillions of dollars are turned over on a daily basis.

Publication date: 23 October 02:45 AM

Forex Trading and the Art of War: Differences and Similarities

 

Snipers have always been known for being patient, self-controlled. They are perfect in using weapons and evaluating the situation objectively under stress. However, it turns out that such skills are valuable in other sphere of human life and activity, including Forex trading. The thing is that in order to succeed, a trader should be pretty much like a sniper.  Having a winning strategy (which is like a rifle in a sniper’s hands) is not enough. You should know how to use it efficiently and be patient to wait for the right moment to take a shot and hit the target.

Publication date: 23 October 02:20 AM

AUD/USDTechnical Analysis 21st October 2014

AUD/USDTechnical Background

The AUD is quite a volatile currency. Over recent years it has fluctuated in value against the USD by as much as two thirds. However although it is volatile, the AUD/USD pair does tend to both trend and turn around quite smoothly, meaning this pair can be a real pleasure to trade. Both the USD and JPY have a large influence upon the value of AUD, and of course the currency has been highly correlated with the price of Gold.
 

Publication date: 22 October 06:22 PM

Forex: Euro Under Pressure

 

EURUSD spent most of the trading day within the scope of the 1.2730-1.2839 range yesterday. While staying within the range, the common currency showed a little bit of weakness against its American counterpart. Over the course of yesterday’s American trading session, the common currency, the US Dollar strengthening was backed by positive employment figures coming from the US Department of Labor. At the same time, the NAR revealed strong data on the amount of secondary housing sales in the USA over the same reporting period.  In particular, the sales growth improved from -1,8% up to 2,4% with a glance at seasonality. This allowed them to reach the highest value of the year at 5 170 000 housing units. The news was followed by a downswing to 1.2714.

Publication date: 22 October 08:47 AM