Future's Options Margin q

Discussion in 'Options' started by RichardRimes, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. I went long a futures option and noticed that there was a margin requirement. Is there any way you can lose more than what your cost is for a LONG option contract? You can't on equity or regular index products so what makes a futures option different ?
  2. dmo


    No difference, you can't lose more than you paid for a long futures option either. I would be puzzled too. Call your firm and ask them what's going on.
  3. thanks dmo...and btw have appreciated your contribution/remarks and sharing your knowledge here on ET :)

  4. futures options , huh ?
  5. dmo


    My pleasure - glad to hear it's helpful.
  6. as long as the margin req is less than the cost of the option, they are adhering to span and that's what i'd expect.
  7. shhhush...go eat your breakfast:p
  8. thats what I was wondering...if it had to do with span...thx
  9. ids


    One of rules of SPAN is your margin on long option positins cannot exceed value of your options. It works only if you have ONLY long options in your combined commodity. Any future or short option position will break this rule even if it is relatively small.
  10. sorry IDS I don't understand what you are saying...I obviously need to study the rules of span margin. Thanks for the imput.
    #10     Aug 25, 2008