Stocks & Commodities V. 27:11 (18-20): Using The Emini S&P 500 To Trade Options by Tom Busby

Stocks & Commodities V. 27:11 (18-20): Using The Emini S&P 500 To Trade Options by Tom Busby
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Using The Emini S&P 500 To Trade Options by Tom Busby

Hereís a technique one veteran S&P futures trader uses to trade options.

I rarely come across a trader who has not traded options at one time or another. Option strategies come in many shapes and forms, but they are all intended to do one thing: make money. Iíve been trading since 1980 and was at one time one of the largest option traders in the brokerage industry until the crash of 1987, which made me realize that holding a leveraged position overnight could be devastating.

Though I still trade options, I have a totally different perspective on how and when to trade them. First of all, I am an S&P futures trader. I have been trading and following the S&P futures since they began trading in 1982. So I have learned to trade options based on the one thing I know best, the Standard & Poorís 500 futures.

The S&P 500 futures contracts of the 1980s were very different from those we know today. Because of the boom in technology over the past 15 years, most of the trading done now is electronic, as opposed to the way we used to trade, by picking up the phone and calling a broker or the pit. Not only that, the economy today is now global instead of being country-specific.

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