Futures Options

Discussion in 'Options' started by CPTrader, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Hello, I have a few questions regarding futures options trading:

    1. What is the best platform for futures options tradeing. Ideally the platform should have in-built tools, calculators, greeks, historical data, etc.

    2. How liquid are the E-mini S&P options? Are they liquid overnight?

    3. Are the big S&P options liquid overnight when they trade on GLOBEX?

    4. How easy is it to submit spread orders for futures options: straddles, strangles, iron condors, etc. Playing aorund with the TOS demo platform it seems even basic spreads are not accepted?

    5. Have people had better experience with pit trading or electronic for options i.e. for the S&P is it better to trade the big S&P via the pit or the e-mini electronically on GLOBEX?

    6. What are compettive commission rates?

    7. What have been people's expereices with the EOM E-mini S&P options. They seem quite illiquid.

    8. Apart from the S&P what are the other liquid futures options?

    9. Some have recommened the Hoadley options tool? Any other recommendations for options tools?

    Many thanks for help with the above. Hopefully the answers will also lead to insightful exchanges that will help all.

    Thank you.
  3. Thank you Pocket Change. Much appreciated.
  4. The exchanges employ market makers to maintain liquidity in alot of options. Emini options have decent markets overnight, not great. Here's a screenshot of pre-market today taken at 8:15 CST.