Exchange-traded options and futures have found their place in mainstream investing. Investors who wish to disregard this risk being left behind. Today's investor relies on the options market beyond its original purpose of hedging.
There has been tremendous growth and opportunity in the exchange-traded futures and options market. Commodity, index and interest rate options have all benefited from the accelerating migration toward a transparent, liquid, electronic and centrally cleared marketplace.
Millions of options trade everyday with values in billions of notional dollars. Trillions of dollars of open interest exist as investors create hedging, overwriting and yield enhancement strategies. Many investors are even replacing traditional exposures by using options. Investors must be cognizant of what is happening in options and futures because of their impact on the underlying products they represent.
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