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How to Use the VIX

Knowing how to use the VIX should be essential for all option traders whose portfolio of positions may be affected by general market sentiment. The reason is, because the VIX, or volatility index, represents the average implied volatilty in all options traded over the underlying shares that make up the famous S&P 500 index in the USA. Since the implied volatility in options represents future expectations of price volatility, the VIX becomes a barometer for potential broad based market volatility over the nex 30 days. This being the case, the VIX may not be so relevant to positions where … [Read more...]

Aspect Enterprise Solutions Reveals Keys To Successful ETRM Implementations At Energy Risk Summit USA

HOUSTON, TX - Aspect Enterprise Solutions, the leading cloud commodity trade and risk management solution provider, was pleased to sponsor and speak at the recent annual Energy Risk Summit USA in Houston, Texas. Before a packed house, Aspect Vice President of the Americas, Michael Cox, whose experience on the vendor and client side spans more than 30 years, spoke about the critical success factors in deploying energy trading and risk management solutions. Joined by a panel of other energy industry veterans, Cox explained, "There is a common theme in successful projects.  It comes down to … [Read more...]

Put Ratio Backspread

The put ratio backspread is an option spread trading setup that falls into the class of strategies designed to take advantage of upcoming price volatility. Being a backspread, it profits from price breakouts. The risk of loss on the trade occurs when the price action of the underlying remains within a consolidation pattern, or returns to the loss zone as option expiration approaches. Put ratio backspreads are also credit spreads, but unlike your regular credit spread where your profit potential is limited to the credit you receive, these backspreads have unlimited profit potential. So you get … [Read more...]

Stock Market Trend Analysis

Stock market trend analysis is not a difficult skill to learn. Identifying a trend is the easy part. The real challenge lies in being able to determine whether the trend will continue or if it is about to reverse. You’ve probably heard the well known expression “the trend is your friend” and so it is – as long as it is still a valid trend. In this article we’re going to look at stock market trend analysis under the following headings: * How and Where to Draw your Trendlines * The Trend Within a Trend Stock market trend analysis is critical for success as a directional options … [Read more...]

Multi-National Oil Trading Group Goes With Aspect Enterprise Solutions For CTRM Commodities Trade And Risk Platform

The three subsidiaries, Petro Singapore Trading PTE, PS Trading SA and PS Oil PTE, a group of petroleum products and petrochemicals trading companies, has chosen AspectCTRM SE (Standard Edition) from Aspect Enterprise Solutions as its backbone solution for trading and risk. In addition to mainstream trade, risk and operations management functionality the system will also be integrated with the group's back-office accounting system. AspectCTRM was first brought to the group's attention by a team member who had used the solution with a previous firm. Soon it became obvious to senior staff that … [Read more...]

Aspect Enterprise Solutions Named In CIO Review’s 20 Most Promising Risk Management Solution Providers

HOUSTON, TX, May 8, 2014 -- Aspect Enterprise Solutions, the leading multi-commodity Cloud commodity trade and risk management solution provider, announced that CIO Review Magazine has named it as one of the Top 20 Most Promising Risk Management Solution Providers for the Capital Market. The CIO Magazine article pointed to Aspect's clear market differentiators in excellent price performance, swift deployment times of just a few weeks, and cutting-edge technology. Recently named the leader in Cloud systems in an industry E/CTRM report, Aspect's technology advantages are unparalleled by older … [Read more...]

Admiral Markets increases efficiency of sign-up process with GBGroup

ID3global will improve customer identification, verification and security for international online trading platform London 23 April 2014 GBGroup, the global leader in Identity Intelligence, has announced that leading online Forex trading provider, Admiral Markets, has selected its flagship ID3global solution to enhance the customer sign-up process.  A majority of Admiral Markets' users will now be able to join the online trading platform in a process that can be completed in a matter of minutes by simply entering required information, replacing the manual legacy system of having to scan … [Read more...]

Worldpay joins the hybris Extend Partner Program

E-commerce integration module with hybris provides customers access to scalable, end-to-end payment services London, 23rd April 2014 - Worldpay, a global leader in payment processing, risk and alternative payments, today announced the launch of an e-commerce integration module with hybris, an SAP company and the world's fastest-growing commerce platform provider, giving customers access to Worldpay's end-to-end services including payment processing, alternative payments, fraud and acquiring services, through the hybris platform. The launch coincides with Worldpay becoming an official hybris … [Read more...]

Commodity Options Software

Researching commodity options software, we looked for something that will provide both charting and also a trading platform for trading options on a wide range of commodities such as currencies, energies, financials, indexes, meats, metals and soft foods, to name a few. We’ve provided a video at the bottom of this page which describes a free service. In the meantime, the following list of resources is worth exploring. Some are free, others you have to pay for. The list of resources below covers a number of different features. for some software packages, the primary focus is a trading … [Read more...]

Commodity Options Software

Researching commodity options software, we looked for something that will provide both charting and also a trading platform for trading options on a wide range of commodities such as currencies, energies, financials, indexes, meats, metals and soft foods, to name a few. We’ve provided a video at the bottom of this page which describes a free service. In the meantime, the following list of resources is worth exploring. Some are free, others you have to pay for. The list of resources below covers a number of different features. for some software packages, the primary focus is a trading … [Read more...]