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  • Article / 27 March 2018 at 10:45 GMT

    Why use options? A quick review of their benefits ... and risks

    Director, Europe / The Options Industry Council (OIC)
    United Kingdom
    Why use options? A quick review of their benefits ... and risks
    We often take for granted the reasons we use various tools in our portfolios. This article revisit some reasons why options may be useful financial instruments, which can include managing risk, generating income, gaining leverage, and market entry at lower cost than buying stocks.
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  • Article / 01 May 2017 at 15:19 GMT

    Volatility Update: Equities climb, volatility plunges

    Product Manager, Options Trader, Educator
    Denmark
    Volatility Update: Equities climb, volatility plunges
    The past week brought a strong showing in equities, especially in Europe, after a market-friendly centrist candidate won the first round of the French presidential elections, which triggered a wave of relief around the globe. As stock prices rose, volatility collapsed, and solid quarterly earnings reports contributed to the collapse in implied volatility. Volatility on commodities, such as crude oil and gold, is also low.
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  • Trade view / 17 March 2017 at 15:03 GMT
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    Strategic Trade: One way to trade VIX — #SaxoStrats

    Product Manager, Options Trader, Educator
    Denmark
    The nervous system in the market appears to be healthy on the surface, as measured by the VIX volatility index. Higher market prices have greased consumer confidence and borrowing in the US. The Fed's interest-rate hikes seem to be gradual and measured. What could go wrong?
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    ChristianK ChristianK
    Hi Georgio. Good trade idea - thanks. Why are costs so high relative to the premium on these types of trade? Also, why not use the May...
    1y
    Georgio Stoev Georgio Stoev
    Hi Christian - our account appears to be on a "regular" commission schedule of $3 per contract. Haven't looked that far, need to see how these are...
    1y
    ChristianK ChristianK
    Thanks. Keep me posted please. I will also speak to my account manager.