The Option Model for the New Millennium.

Guidelines for Option Strategies for use with OSCC charts

With examples for "Normalized "Max Premium"" charts!

Debit transactions   Credit transactions

Listed below are various option strategies. We have grouped them in various categories as to whether they are net debit or credit investments. With sub headings as to whether you and your broker agree to be bullish or bearish on the future. These are only suggestions as strategies to consider. Your broker may have other suggestions. Only your broker can advise you as to the best one to choose.

We do not cover all option strategies here, only the basic ones to educate users on how to apply our charts to basic strategies. The spreads shown are balanced. That is, they have an equal number of long and short positions. Ratio strategies are simply one of the below spreads with extra long or short options. Some of these strategies in combination with the future are referred to as covered strategies. Butterflies are combinations of the below spreads and must be explained by a broker.

Liquidity and Risk

Do not forget that an important part of option strategies is the liquidity of the option contract and it's Relative Risk. For links to Exchange volumes see Volume. For risk analysis see Risk Ranking.


It is also important to how much you can expect the "Max Premium" and the Future to change.


   Vertical Spread - This is where the options are all in the same contract month.
   Horizontal Spread -.This is where the same strike price is used but in different contract months.
   Diagonal Spread - This is a horizontal spread, but with different strike prices.
   Calendar Spread is just a different name for horizontal and diagonal spreads. These can be either forward or reverse spreads.
   The following spreads can be any of the above and can be either in the money, out-out of the money or one side in and the other out. The exact construction of the strategy depends on too many factors to be covered here. Consult your broker.
   The examples below are just to give you and your broker an idea as to how to use our charts to select the strategy that will reduce losses as much as possible and enhance profits as much as possible. If you need a brokers help
See Our OSCC Master Broker list of brokers who understand how to use our unique charts.

Debit transactions

   Bullish on the future
      Long Call
      Bull Call Spread
          Long a low strike price call and short a higher strike price call.
   Bearish on the future
      Long Put       
      Bear Put Spread  3-D chart example
          Long a high strike price put and short a lower strike price put.
   Future unstable - Large movement expected
       Long straddle
            Long Call and Long Put
   Example of chart to use.
        In these cases you are looking for the contracts to have a lower value compared to other contracts for this future in the same time frame for the  OSCC ""Max Premium"" value.
This would be the Live Cattle Jun contract between 7/15/2000 and 12/4/2000.
Another example would be the Japanese Yen Mar Contract between 12/4/1999 and  3/25/2000

Credit transactions

**** Credit transactions should only be done with the advise of a qualified broker!****
   Bullish on the future
      Short Put
      Bull Put Spread
          Long a low strike price put and short a higher strike price Put.
   Bearish on the future
      Short Call       
      Bear Call Spread
          Long a high strike price Call and short a lower strike price Call.
   Future stable -  Little movement expected
       Short straddle
            Short Call and Short Put
   Example of chart to use.
        In these cases you are looking for the contracts to have a higher value compared to other contracts for this future in the same time frame for the OSCC ""Max Premium"" value.
This would be the Live Cattle Dec contract between 8/14/1999 and 12/4/1999.  
Another example would be the Japanese Yen Dec Contract between 3/25/2000 and  7/15/2000

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--- About Us What we found that prompted us to develop our option program.
--- The OSCC overview of option trading.
--- The OSCC Option Model.
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--- The Accuracy of the OSCC Option Model.

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Last Updated on 10/31/2019 By Tom B
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This site relates to option trading of commodity options and futures with strategies that buy or sell puts and calls either long or short for profit on treasury bonds and notes, Dow Jones Index, soybean products, corn, wheat, oats, rough rice and T-Bond options on the CBT, Chicago Board of Trade through "floor traders". We are also doing 6 currencies from the CME, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Japanese Yen, British Pound, Swiss Franc, the Euro FX (ECU) and the Australian and Canadian dollars. We also do 5 agriculture products, the S&P 500, NASDAQ 100 and Eurodollars related to European and Economic Monetary Union (EMU) interest rates. Commodities are a high risk speculative hedging investment and traders should use brokers for trading contracts who keep their funds and money in accounts with high rates. This site provides free commentary, and technical analysis on commodity futures and option premiums by OSCC from our futures charts and option charts for use by traders. This site no longer provides free quotes, although we do provide a free commodity ticker.