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Get Acclimated with Product Properties in QuikStrike

QuikStrike puts a lot of information at your fingertips, and it’s important to know exactly what you’re viewing. Navigate to the QS.EDU tab and click the Contract Specs → Product Properties page to find tick data and scaling factors for an entire product group at a glance.

The Product Properties page also includes:

  • name of the product
  • brief description of the product
  • pricing model used for the product
  • premium/point
  • premium multiplier

The information on the page is separated into Options, Futures and Scale Factors sections. It’s important to note the Tick Amount and Tick Values in each section. Tick Amount represents the minimum movement in price for a product, while Tick Value is the cash value of each tick. For example, Eurodollar options move in .01 ticks, so each tick is worth $25 (see the image below). Tick Size and Tick Values won’t be the same for all products and product groups.

Below is an image of the US Rates Product Properties page. Take a look at the the Premium/Point column. This number shows you how much traders would make or lose on a 1 full point move in the option. In our Eurodollar option example, if the price moves 100 ticks (1 point) a trader would make/lose $2,500. Don’t forget that Scale Factors are used to scale the output of the pricing models for display. For example, if the Delta of an option was .42, QuikStrike would multiply that number by 100 to get 42, and that’s how it is represented in the application.

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You’ll see that the Premium Multiplier column is starred. To convert the premium from ticks to currency, multiply the premium value by the number in this column (NOTE: QuikStrike presents premium value in ticks).

It’s important to remember that this is the US Rates Product Properties page. Take some time to look at the Product Properties page for each product group to get acclimated with the Tick Amount, Tick Value, Premium per Point, Premium Multiplier and Scale Factors for all individual products you trade.

Come to this page in QuikStrike to find out the value of an option and what model is being used to price it. We hope this blog post clears up any questions you may have about our Product Properties page. Please get in touch with us if there is anything else you can help us with. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog!

Strike Detail Popup: See Strike Info at a Glance

Our last blog post broke down the Strike Detail Sheet in QuikStrike. But as we mentioned in the post, there is another way to access all the information on the page. Clicking on (almost) any strike price in QuikStrike launches the Strike Detail popup:

QuikStrike Strike Detail popup

 

As you can see in the image above, the popup includes:

  • Strike Detail
    • Selected strike price is anchor strike for all trade types on the chart
    • Has the same functionality as Strike Detail Sheet minus Analysis Bar
  • Vol History
    • Volatility and Future Price of selected strike price on a specific date (going back as far as 12 months)
  • ATM Vol History
    • ATM Volatility and Future Price of ATM strike on a specific date (going back as far as 12 months)
  • Volume & OI
    • Trade Volume and Open Interest for calls and puts for selected strike price (going back as far as 12 months)
  • Vol Chart
    • Current and Settlement Vol Chart for selected expiration
  • Pricing Sheets
    • Standard Pricing Sheet and Straddle Sheet for selected expiration
  • Futures
    • Future Price vs. Time graph for the selected expiration’s underlying at a specific time
      • Some months go to underlying futures that are not the same as their expiration month
      • Trade Volume and Open Interest will be shown in the same view when selecting a history of at least 1 Week

Launch this popup from (almost) any page in QuikStrike. Don’t forget to hover over the graphs and charts in each tab of the popup to view specific information.

The Strike Detail popup allows users to access information about a particular strike price, expiration or future price without navigating from their current page. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see us add to this popup, or any of our other popups within QuikStrike. Feel free to add a comment below, shoot us an email (info@quikstrike.net) or tweet us.

How Are You Using the QuikStrike Sidebar?

Have you started using the My Notes feature? Are you following our most recent Twitter activity? Do you keep items in your Watches? These are just a few of the ways that you can take advantage of the Sidebar in QuikStrike. Simply navigate to the right hand side of the page and click the title bar of the Sidebar to view the dropdown in the image below.

QuikStrike Sidebar

QuikStrike is all about giving our users fast access to the most valuable information. Our Sidebar provides complementary data to a number of different pages within the application. Let’s say you are using the Standard Pricing Sheet for the Soybeans OZCG5 contract. The pricing sheet provides you with all the pricing data for that particular expiration. But what if you want to see Future Prices or review Straddle Prices for another expiration’s at-the-money strike? All you need to do is click the Sidebar menu option button and select your desired content.

Sidebar and Pricing Sheet

Not only can you view prices in your sidebar, but you can also see the last time the sidebar window was updated, as displayed in the image above (NOTE: QuikStrike uses “delayed” prices per the mandates of each exchange).

The Product Status option in the Sidebar menu allows you to view when the QuikStrike information was last updated (for settlements and the most recent volatility run). When looking at Future Prices, Straddle Prices or Watches in the Sidebar, you can click the arrow button on the right hand side to view the full detail page in QuikStrike (as shown in the image above).

Have you ever wanted to track a Trade Strategy you’ve built in the Trade or Calendar Builder? You can save it to your Watch List as shown in the image below. You can view your saved positions in the Manage QuikStrike → Watches page, or simply select the Watches option in your Sidebar. Here you can view the Future Price, Current Price and Initial Premium, as well as the Profit and Loss information and Greek values.

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If you haven’t been taking advantage of all of the QuikStrike Sidebar has to offer, it’s time to start now! What is your favorite feature of the Sidebar? Would you like to see anything added to the Sidebar? Drop us a line at info@quikstrike.net. Thanks for reading our blog!

The Standard Pricing Sheet is the Place to Start

Remember when you initially logged into QuikStrike? The Standard Pricing Sheet was the first page you saw, and that’s not by mistake. The Standard Pricing Sheet, and all the other pricing sheets, are structured in a way that allow our users to manipulate them quickly and easily. It is our goal to give our users access the information they need in just a few clicks of the mouse.

The Pricing Sheet is also one of the more common pages and is found in almost all option pricing applications. Leverage our version to dive more deeply into specific information about a particular expiration or strike with the Standard Pricing Sheet:

  • View detailed information about the current expiration (click the expiration in the title bar)
  • Open a futures window to see intraday, previous day and historical price action (click the underlying price in the title bar)
  • Quickly jump off to strike detail popups (click on any price in the Strike column)
  • Find implied volatility with the simple option calculator on the page (click on the calculator icon located next to each strike price)
  • Manipulate the analysis data without leaving the page in the application (click the Analysis Button on the right hand side of the title bar to display the Analysis Bar)

These are just a few of the ways to take advantage of the page. Let’s look at the Standard Pricing Sheet Page for the EDH5 contract:

EDH5Understanding the Analysis Bar is key to getting the most out of the Pricing Sheet. It’s important to spend some time on the Standard Pricing Sheet. Master the functionality by clicking all the links to view the informational popups and hover over all the buttons. The Direction, Price, Model and Mode dropdowns are briefly explained in the call-outs in the image above, and the list below further breaks down the features of the Analysis Bar:

  • Change the Future Price or Volatility (or ATM Price) by typing a new figure in the box, or use the arrow buttons on either side of the box to move the value up or down
  • Manipulate Days to Expiration (DTE) by clicking the calendar icon and selecting a date, or input the number of DTE of your choice
  • Select a Mode in the dropdown (explained in the list below) to display your desired strike range:
    • Auto Strike: The number (15 in this case) of strikes displayed both above and below the ATM Strike (NOTE: In the example image above, 100 is the highest strike available in QuikStrike, therefore 15 higher strikes cannot be displayed)
    • Delta Limit: Setting the Delta Limit restricts the strikes shown to those with Deltas that are the within the limit selected relative to 0 or 100/-100
    • Low/High: Input the range of strikes to be shown in the boxes and all strikes in between are displayed
    • Upside: Upside shows all strikes above the ATM (plus the ATM)
    • Downside: Downside shows all strikes below the ATM (plus the ATM)

As you can see on the table, Daily and Annual Basis Point Volatility columns follow the Greek columns on this particular pricing sheet. You will only see these columns on Interest Rate Pricing Sheets. All other products will have a column for Rent, a measure of the expected daily change in the underlying future based on the volatility of the current expiration, instead. Learn more about the Rent value in the Calcs 101 menu item, which can be found in the QS.EDU section of QuikStrike.

Now that we’ve broken down all the different aspects of the page, let’s put the Standard Pricing Sheet to work. Below is an image of the Standard Pricing Sheet for the Corn OZCG5 contract without any input adjustments:

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Let’s say we’ve calculated an implied volatility (31.57) for the 400 strike price (NOTE: a yellow line runs through the row with the ATM Strike). Now let’s input the implied volatility replacing the current volatility on the pricing sheet and evaluate the changes on the image below:

OZCG5 Standard Pricing Sheet with Vol Change

  • Call Delta remains the same at 52
  • Call premium decreases from 10.460 to 9.293
  • Put premium decreases from 10.210 to 9.673
  • Put Delta remains the same at -48
  • Straddle price decreases from 20.670 to 19.597
  • Gamma increases from 1.536 to 1.620
  • Vega remains the same at 0.310
  • Theta increases from -0.381 to -0.361
  • Rent decreases from 8.412 to 7.976

It’s important to note how the values on the other rows of the chart change aside from the ATM Strike. For example, analyze how the volatility changed in all the other columns.  Since we had an implied volatility lower than the current volatility, the volatilities decreased (by the same amount) for all the other strikes. Notice how the volatility of the 350 Strike on both images is exactly 6.52 percent higher than the volatility of the 400 Strike.

Now that we’ve seen what happens to the values in the pricing sheet when volatility changes, let’s try increasing the underlying price one point and going back to the original volatility.

OZCG5 Standard Pricing Sheet with Underlying Change

  • Call Delta increases from 52 to 53
  • Call premium increases from 10.460 to 10.982
  • Put premium decreases from 10.210 to 9.733
  • Put Delta increases -48 to -47
  • Straddle price increases from 20.670 to 20.715
  • Gamma decreases from 1.536 to 1.529
  • Vega remains the same 0.310
  • Theta remains the same at -0.381
  • Rent increases from 8.412 to 8.433

Analyze how prices and other values change in a matter of seconds by manipulating one or more of the variables in the theoretical pricing model. Don’t forget that a simple option calculator is next to each strike price on the pricing sheet (NOTE: View the first image to learn how to launch the calculator on the page). Plug in your own values to find theoretical prices and implied volatilities without leaving the page.

What is your favorite part of the Standard Pricing Sheet? Do you use the Standard Pricing Sheet before executing trades? Share your thoughts with us by sending an email to info@quikstrike.net. Please share this post with others who may be interested. Thanks for checking out our blog!

Got an Idea? Add a Note

Have you ever been using QuikStrike and wanted to make a quick note or remind yourself to revisit a page at a later date? In our latest build, we have created a new function called “Add a Note” that can be found on the right hand side of the toolbar.

Add A Note

Clicking the Add a Note icon will open up a box on the page in which you can title and write a note for yourself.

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Once you have completed your note, click “Submit” and it will be saved to your “Notes” repository. This can be viewed by selecting My Notes from the dropdown menu in the sidebar or by clicking on the Envelope icon (second icon from the right) on the product menu line. Each saved note will be sorted by date. Clicking the “X” will allow you to delete the note and the “pencil icon” will enable you to edit the note without leaving your current page in QuikStrike.

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The My Notes section is a great opportunity for our users to keep annotations inside the tool and provide quick tips that can aid the QuikStrike experience. How do you foresee yourself using notes? Maybe you have some ideas that we have yet to consider. Drop us a line at info@quikstrike.net. We love getting your feedback!

Yes, We Have Historical Data

“Does QuikStrike have historical data?” is one of the most frequently asked questions by our user base and prospective customers. “Yes” is the short answer. And reading further in this blog post will provide you with all the information you need to know about our History Tab.

HIstory Tab

The History Tab can be found in the top left corner of the page for all QuikStrike Professional Edition users. Upon clicking the tab, our users will find historical:

  • information for current (open) expirations from inception
  • settlement price and volatility for individual strikes, as well as ATM strikes
  • risk reversal and butterfly skew
  • open interest reports and summaries
  • strike-level data that can be exported in CSV format

ATM Vol Chart

HistATMVolChart - Blog postMany of our users make trading decisions based on historical ATM volatility. In the chart above, our users have the ability to go back as far as 12 months to see the ATM volatility history with the corresponding futures price. This is a great way to gain an understanding for how the ATM volatility has changed over the course of a year for a certain expiration.

Option Settles

HIstory option settlesSeeing settlement prices for both calls and puts for a particular expiration is easy in our historicals sections. In the Option Settles page under Settlement Reports, our users have the ability to view market settlement history, by strike, for as far back as 3 months from the current date.

The above images are two examples of how our users can take advantage of our history tab. If you aren’t a QuikStrike Professional Edition subscriber, shoot us an email at info@quikstrike.net, and we’ll set you up with a free trial so you can explore our history section.

As always, please share your experience with us in the History Tab. We want to know about our strengths and how we can improve.

We hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

Menu Shortcuts Make Favorites Easier to Access

We all have our favorite pages in QuikStrike, and we want our users to be able to navigate between them quickly and efficiently. The recent creation of Menu Shortcuts provides our users with a simple interface to organize their “favorites”.

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We have moved the Star to the left hand side of the main menu. By clicking on the Star, users can create their own custom shortcut link to the current page. Once created, you can name the shortcut whatever you’d like or use the default provided by QuikStrike. To access your shortcut menu, click the Dropdown icon next to Star to reveal your new, custom menu.

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Clicking the pencil on the top right of the menu will allow users to edit the items within the drop down (be sure to click on the item to start editing). Users can create their own custom sections, drag existing shortcuts back and forth between sections and rename or delete shortcuts or section names as necessary.

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If you haven’t taken advantage of favorites in the past, please give the new Menu Shortcuts functionality a try. It’s easy to use!

Let us know how you feel about the recent change. You can always send feedback, about this feature or any other, by sending us an email at info@quikstrike.net.

Broker Edition: 5 Reasons Why You Need QuikStrike Professional

If you’re a broker and you haven’t had the opportunity to take an extended look at QuikStrike, this blog post is a must-read. We know that you’re not going to invest in our option pricing and analysis tools if you don’t know how it provides value for you. Below is a breakdown explaining how QuikStrike Professional helps you better service your clients:

  1. The ability to quickly determine the fair value of option prices and identify correct Greeks

We know that many of you get your pricing information from market makers and other sources of information throughout the day. With QuikStrike, you have quick access to a baseline of pricing, allowing you to more easily compare perceived market prices with what those prices actually should be.

  1. Allow customers to track their trades

Grant customers access to your QuikStrike account where they can save a trade, put in a price where they traded it, look each day to see whether that price has changed and view PnL values. From there, they can add the trade to a Watch List to see how that particular execution is performing.

  1. QuikStrike has a performance-ready interface

Time is at a premium during the trading day. That’s why we created QuikStrike to help you gain access to information quickly and efficiently. Within our web tool, you can easily jump between pages of information and find what you need with just a few clicks.

  1. Get the data that you want

Volatilities are updated every 30 to 45 minutes and prices are slightly delayed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access the data that you need to help your customers. Our pricing sheets allow you to manipulate data in many different ways within the analysis toolbar:

  • Change the direction from Vol to Price or Price to Vol
  • Adjust the future price
  • Reduce or increase the volatility
  • Toggle Current or Settles price
  • Change the Days to Expiration
  • Select your pricing model of choice
  • Pick a certain number of strikes to view

Clicking on the Simple Option Calculator in the Pricing Sheets enables you to perform analysis straight from the page without clicking out of the page.

  1. We have historical volatility and historical settlement prices for all active expirations

Historical volatility and historical settlement prices are often hard to come by without breaking the bank. This is why we give you access to strike specific and strike-level data right within the application. If your customers base their strategies on different patterns in the past, you can easily access this information for them within QuikStrike.

Interested in QuikStrike Professional? We offer anyone who hasn’t tried our product a free 2-week trial and we are also more than happy to set up a demo to take you through the application. Email us at support@quikstrike.net.

Use Delta Range to Limit Your Pricing Sheet Strike Listing

One of the new features we have recently added to QuikStrike is the ability to limit your pricing sheet strike listing by Delta range. We incorporated this mode into QuikStrike to give you a targeted or relevant view into a particular expiration.  You can set this globally via your personal QuikStrike preferences or on an individual expiration basis.

Simple additions like this are easy to implement for us. With that in mind, we want to hear your feedback on our product and how we can improve upon it. Email us at support@quikstrike.net. Keep an eye out for more blog posts about how we are making QuikStrike better for our users.