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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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Winner of Trader Contest “Larson and Holz” Tells about Secrets of his Success at Forex

 

There exists a great number of different contests for traders at Forex market. But by no means are all of them equally effective. Moreover, some of them, held by “kitchens”, promise great money prizes, chic SUVs, and keys from apartments, but in fact draw participants into real market, where the former happily empty the deposits of the latter.
 
Publication date: 22 July 06:47 PM

EURUSD: Euro Goes Down to 1.3458 Against US Dollar

 

During today's American trading session, the common European currency is still going down, thereby following the tendency seen last week. During the European trading session the bears managed to make the common currency devalue against its American counterpart down to the 5-month low, which used to be 1.3476. At the second part of the trading day, the price made another low. This time it was 1.3458.
Publication date: 22 July 11:09 AM

EURUSD: Euro Keeps Going Down

 

Yesterday, trading session was subject to low volatility, which is not typical of such a major as EURUSD. The currency pair spent entire trading day fluctuating within the scope of a pretty tight price range between 1.3512 and 1.3548.
 
Publication date: 22 July 07:31 AM

EURUSD Stays Flattish

 

After hitting today's high at 1.3524, the common currency declined down to 1.3518 at the beginning of the European trading session. The decline was caused by weaker-than-expected economic data from Germany published a couple of hours ago by Destatis.
 
Publication date: 21 July 11:51 AM

EURUSD Trades Close To 1.3519

 

After hitting today's high at 1.3524, the common currency  declined down to 1.3518 at the beginning of the European trading session. The decline was caused by weaker-than-expected economic data from Germany published a couple of hours ago by Destatis.

 

Publication date: 21 July 07:55 AM

Forex Trend and Forbes Start First World Contest of PAMM Managers

At the times of rather tense economic situation in Russia and CIS countries more and more citizens are obliged to look for alternative ways of earning.  Once popular bank deposits have become meaningless as a source of passive additional profit – 7-8% per annum does not cover inflation. Therefore, many people “go to” Forex – the world’s largest financial, owing to innovative technologies of which even beginners can get stable and high profit from every deal.

 

Publication date: 21 July 12:43 AM

Forex Traders: It Is Possible To Benefit From Inflation

 

According to many sociological surveys, many people all around the world still prefer to keep their hard-earned savings at home. Still, they are unaware of the fact that it is impossible to keep their money safe at home anyway as inflation gradually devalues the money and deprives it of its purchasing power day by day, month by month.
 
How to secure your savings against inflation? Let’s ask several Masterforex-V Academy, a reputable expert in everything that concerns money, trading and investment.
Publication date: 18 July 10:30 AM

EURUSD Goes Flattish

 

The 3-day range  of the common European currency suspended a little bit during today's European trading session. After the currency pair set another local low at 1,3512, the price started trading within the scope of a pretty narrow range between 1.3512 and 1.3539.
 
Publication date: 18 July 09:23 AM

Forex Trend Opens “Summer Money Boom” at Forex

 
Everyone of us would like to get such source of profit that would never run out; consequently, there would be no threat of financial collapse. However, in the conditions of non-stop inflation growth instead of increasing their capitals more and more citizens are obliged to record predominance of expenses over their earnings.
Publication date: 18 July 08:09 AM

EURUSD Goes Up To 1.3539

 

The common European currency is still recovering a bit against the American currency on Thursday, July 17th, At the beginning of the European trading session, the common currency started gaining value against the US Dollar after a major 2-day-long decline triggered by Janet Yellen’s speech. She is currently presiding over the US Federal Reserve, also known as the Fed.
 
Publication date: 17 July 08:20 AM