It Can Be Good To Have Options

From the Chicago Mercantile Exchange:

What is a Call Option?

  • A call option is the right to buy the underlying futures contract at a certain price.
  • However, when prices move down you are not obligated to buy the future at the strike price, which is now higher than the futures price because that would create an immediate loss.
  • Call buyers have protection in that their risk is limited to the premium they must pay for the call option. They can lock in the strike price and profit (should the underlying rise far enough) while risking only the upfront premium paid.

As the chart of the ULSD futures contract illustrates, this year has been defined so far by two periods of incredible market volatility. The blue lines are Bollinger Bands, a technical measure of price volatility.

Option hedging strategies can offer petroleum marketers a valuable way to protect their profit margins and grow their businesses.

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