Trading and Hedging with Agricultural Futures and Options

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 10, 2012 - Business & Economics - 353 pages
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Today's Premier Guidebook for Understanding Agricultural Options and Making Them a Key Part of Your Trading and Risk Management Strategy

Agricultural futures and options represent a vital niche in today's options trading world. Trading and Hedging with Agricultural Futures and Options takes an in-depth look at these valuable trading tools, and presents clear, proven strategies and techniques for both hedgers and traders to achieve their goals while minimizing risk.

Relying on nuts-and-bolts techniques and examples as opposed to the mathematical models and theory favored by other options-trading manuals this practical, hands-on book discusses many topics, including:

  • How hedgers and traders can use options effectively with realistic expectations
  • Methods to understand price behavior including the "Greeks" (delta, gamma, vega, and theta)
  • The importance of volatility and little-known ways to make it work to your advantage

For producers and processors, agricultural futures and options are necessary components for controlling costs and hedging risks. For traders, they are proven vehicles for earning exceptional risk-adjusted profits. Whichever side of the aisle you are on, Trading and Hedging with Agricultural Futures and Options will provide you with the answers you need to effectively use these versatile tools and make them an integral part of your business.


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The Basics of Futures and Options
Diagrams of Basic Trading Strategies
Diagrams of Basic Hedging Strategies
Why Futures and Options have Value
Option Price Behavior
Option Price Behavior II The Greeks
How the Greeks Change
Pricing and Graphing Strategies With
Buying Options
Selling Options
Vertical Spreads
Straddles and Strangles
Ratio Spreads

Strategies for Long Hedgers
Strategies for Short Hedgers
Advanced Hedging Strategies

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About the author (2012)

James B. Bittman is a staff instructor at The Options Institute, the education division of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where he teaches seminars on options to investors in the United States and Europe. He is also on the faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and holds a commodity options membership at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). A successful options trader for more than 20 years, Bittman also wrote the best-selling Options for the Stock Investor.

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