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Trading options can represent the best as well as the worst of commodities trading. Trading options can allow the investor to make great profits. It can also lead to disastrous results if he or she doesn’t stay with a proven trading plan. No matter what you know, it is always good to have an introduction to trading options.
Definition Of Trading Options
Options are legal agreements that give their buyers the right, not the obligation, to purchase the underlying assets at a future date. Whether it is the NASDAQ 100 or corn futures, trading options allows the investor to invest in these assets with a number of different investment strategies.
Hedging and Speculation
While other reasons also exist, the two main reasons for trading options are hedging and speculation. Each has a different investment philosophy as well as techniques for trading it. Before attempting either strategy, it is important to understand the differences between them and incorporate the one that you want to pursue into your trading rules.
When you purchase commodities in an attempt to offset a potential downturn, you are hedge fund investing, or hedging. Hedging in like an insurance policy that protects the investor in the event of a negative price movement for a commodity. By trading options, you are able to reduce the potential downside of your commodity trading while still receiving the full benefits of investing. The beauty of this is that you limited your risk while preserving your profit potential.