Futures options questions

Discussion in 'Options' started by 1a2b3cppp, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. This is on an OEM demo.

    How come when I SELL futures options my account gets debited? Doesn't selling options = instant credit?

    And when I BUY futures options, it gets booked as a positive "Option P/L" immediately.

    What am I missing here?

  2. Margin?
  3. What is an OEM demo?
  4. Oh geez, I meant OEC demo.

    Sorry, I must have thought I was on a car forum (get it? OEM? n/m)

    What does margin have to do with it? Wait, by BUYING an option, am I increasing my total margin temporarily?

    I just bought some ES options right now and my account info says this:

    Open P/L: $4390
    Fut P/L: $0
    Opt P/L: $4390
    Realized P/L: $0
    Total P/L: $4390

    Cash: $45,217.50
    Open P/L: $4,390
    Net Liq: $49,607.50
    Buying Power: $49,607.50
    Initial Margin: 0
    Percentage: 0