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Currency Option Trading


Currency option trading is a term that intimidates people. It sounds complicated and hard to do. It is not complicated and it is not hard to do. This is a sound trading program with four strong advantages to option trading.

Currency options trading is expecting the value of one country’s currency to gain or lose in value against another country’s currency. If the economy of the United States is going well and the economy in Japan is having problems, in the dollar versus the yen: the dollar would rise in value and the yen would fall in value. Option trading is simply buying the right to buy a currency pair by a certain time at a predetermined price.

This can be a win-win situation for the person offering to buy option and the person accepting the offer. Unlike buying stock now, the purchase offer is the right to purchase by a certain date if the investor wants to purchase at the price set in the offer. This option cost is much less than the cost of a contract on the currency pair. If this currency pair does not move in the right direction the purchaser does not need to buy and has only risked the cost of this option. The holder of the optioned currency still owns the currency until that option is exercised. If the option is exercised the owner of that currency pair will receive the value that was agreed upon.

This trading system started in 1973. Over 3 billion contracts were traded on the option market in 2007, with most of these options expiring without being exercised. It is big business. There are four reasons this new trading method has been embraced. These option traders for a small amount of money control large amount of contracts. The option trader conserves his capital and can invest in more currency pairs, and then buy only those options that will provide the most profit. The risk is much less if the market does not react the way the trader expected. If the trader is right when this currency is purchased, the trader has a profit.

Currently this trading system is a wonderful opportunity for an investor to enter the market at a low price. If the market moves as the investor expects, he can exercise his option and earn cash. If the market does not react the way the investor expects, the only risk was the money paid for the option. This is really a simple process for the currency option trader.

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  1. call and put options on October 18th, 2010 8:44 am

    Very useful. I think that options trading has great potential for the non-professional investor as well as the professionals. I think it is necessary to learn about some of the strategies beyond straight forward buying calls and puts. Is it realistic for the home trader to engage in selling options, or should he stick to buying only?

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