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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.

Get Greek Help: QS.EDU Has a Calcs 101 Tab

In our most recent post, we referenced the Greek help in the QS.EDU section of QuikStrike. Understanding what each Greek value means and how they are affected by changes in the strike price, future price, volatility, days to expiration and interest rates is imperative in order to trade options successfully.

The Calcs 101 tab thoroughly explains how to calculate Delta, Gamma, Vega and Theta, as well the Rent value. Let’s take a look at the Delta page to give you an idea of what to look for on each page.

QuikStrike Calcs 101

The first thing you’ll notice is the header of the page (Delta) with the Greek symbol next to it. Beneath the header will be the definition and equation for how to calculate the selected Greek value. Becoming familiar with the formula to calculate all the Greeks and the Rent value helps you understand where risk can come from, create expectations for a certain position and reduce the number of surprises one encounters when evaluating the behavior of an option’s price.

The strike noted on the page is the ATM strike, the future is the current underlying price and the current volatility is also used. On this particular page, you’ll see the Delta value for both calls and puts, followed by the other Greeks. Note that the strike information shown is always the current ATM strike for whatever expiration is currently selected.

In the Example Calculations section, you can use the equation to see how the Delta changes when there is a change in the underlying price. In order to calculate the new Delta, it’s important to understand all the variables (and constants) in the equation.

Before reviewing this sample calculation, we need to define the inputs into the equation. We know the Premium is the price you pay for an option and the Future Change is the change in future price. However, you may not be familiar with future and option base and the scale factors. The future and option base are the numeric bases for the fractional portion of the future price. These values only apply for treasuries in which the option base is 64 and the future base is 32. Understanding scale factors is fairly simple; they are used to scale the output of the pricing models for display. To see how scale factors differ from product to product, check out the Contract Specs → Product Properties page in QS.EDU.

Now let’s dive into the calculation. We’ll use first item in the call column when the future price rises .02. Plug in the variables into the equation below to find the new Premium:

  • Premium1: 2.70
  • Delta: 54
  • Future Change: 0.02
  • Option Base: 100
  • Future Base: 100
  • Option Scale Factor: 1
  • Delta Scale Factor: 100

Premium2 = Premium1 + Δ * FutureChange * (OptionBase/FutureBase) * (OptionScaleFactor/DeltaScaleFactor)

2.71 = 2.70 + (54) * (0.02) * (100/100) * (1/100)

If you’ve correctly used the equation, you’ll calculate Premium2 to be 2.71.

As you may have noticed, this particular Calcs 101 page was for American Crude Oil. It’s important to understand that every page example is specific to the product and has the actual, current ATM information for that product. Let’s take a look at the Calcs 101 page for Eurodollars.

EDH5 Calcs 101

Do you notice anything different from the American Crude Oil Calcs 101 page? Remember to look at all of the inputs we plugged into the equation. The Option Scale Factor for Eurodollars is 100, while for American Crude Oil it was 1. Always remember to check to see if you are using the right equation before doing any calculations.

Do you find the Calcs 101 tab to be educational? Are there any further questions we can answer about how to calculate the Greeks? We’re here to help. Send us a message at info@quikstrike.net. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog!

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.

Our CEO Nick Howard joins The Futures Options Roundtable once again…

“One thing that I think the people out there that are trading options might forget now is that the CME has the weeklies that are listed. The weeklies are going to tend to give you a pretty good idea of what people are thinking in the short term.”

This was one of many insights from Nick during the hour-long podcast hosted by Mark Longo, founder of The Options Insider. The rest of panel included Matthew Bradbard, vice president of managed futures and alternatives at RCM Asset Management, Dan Collins, editor-in-chief of Futures Magazine, Dan Cook, director of business development at Nadex and Jeff Lewandowski, analyst at Protean Trading.

Brent-crude-vol-skewDuring this edition of The Futures Options Roundtable, the panel discussed the Commodity Sturm Ung Drang Grand Marketplace, most notably volatility in the crude oil/energy markets, the affects of the recent situation in Iraq on the oil markets and the changing volatility of gold in past months. Longo rounded out the conversation by prompting his guests with a series of questions from his listeners.

To listen to the entire podcast, follow this link: ow.ly/z0Lww.