1 Futures and Options Note 1 Basic Definitions: Derivative Security: A security whose value depends on the worth of other basic underlying variables. E.G. Futures, Options, Forward Contracts, Swaps. A derivative is a financial instrument whose value is derived from that of another security. Consequently, the worth of a derivative contract is contingent of that of another investment [stock, fixed income security, commodity, etc.]. Contingent Claims: A stock option that is a derivative security whose value is contingent on the price of the stock. Derivatives can be used in one of two ways: (1) to hedge an underlying position where an investor hedges financial risk in the cash market by taking the opposite position in a derivative contract or (2) to speculate by using the derivative security to implicitly buy or sell an underlying security on a leveraged basis. Contract Overview: A futures contract is a transferable agreement to make [short] or take [long] delivery of a standardized amount and designated quality, at a specified price, at a specified date in the future some tangible [commodity, financial instrument] or intangible [index] entity. Note: With a futures contract there is the obligation to make or take delivery NOT an option to make or take delivery. A futures market consists of contracts to make or take delivery, however generally these contracts are negotiated with view of NOT making or taking delivery, but rather to: Speculate on anticipated price movements Hedge an existing or anticipated position in the cash market Arbitrage inconsistent prices among financial securities or commodities. Differences between Futures vs. Cash [Spot]Market The majority of contracts are settled by offset, which means that prior to expiration, the owner of the futures contract will take the opposite position by purchasing or selling a futures contract to offset the current futures position. Futures Market Organized Exchange [Auction, Open Outcry] Deal, Broker, Direct Performance Guaranteed [by Clearinghouse] Contract Standardization Transferability
2 High degree of liquidity and information on price of the financial security Fixed location, fixed trading hours Brokerage fees charged Brokerage fees or Bid/Asked Spread
3 Margin Requirements Contracts generally settled by offset Regulated by CFTC Loosely regulated by the SEC under SEC Acts of 1933 and 1934 The Futures Market A futures contract is a commitment to buy or sell a specific commodity, financial instrument or index, of designated quality at a specified price at a specified date in the future. The futures market consists of contracts to make or take delivery in commodities, financial instruments or indexes. The intent of traders in this market is to take one of three possible positions: (1) Speculate on anticipated price movements (2) Hedge an existing or anticipated position that they may have in the cash (spot) market (3) Arbitrage inconsistent prices among financial securities and depending on which of this strategies they are using, they will be in a position for several hours [short term, day trader] or many days [long term trader]. Although commodities and financial instruments are deliverable, the vast majority [98%] of all contracts are settled by offset rather than delivery sometime over their life. In the case of a financial index futures contract, there can be no delivery since it would be impossible to deliver all to the basket of securities into the contract. Consequently, a financial index futures contract will trade based on the market value of the index and settlement is at, wherever the index is at the time of offset. A forward contract is a cash market transaction in which two parties agree to the purchase and sell of a commodity or financial instrument at some future time under such conditions as the two agree. Note: The forward contract is a negotiated contract, and generally, one that is similar to a European call, you don t know whether you have made or lost money in the transaction until the time of expiration. With the marking to market of a futures contract, you will know whether you are making or losing money and have the ability to exit the contract at any time prior to expiration. Differences between Futures and Forwards Contracts 1. Terms and Conditions of the Contract Forward: Negotiated, subject to interpretation, min. size: $ 1 million for competitive price Futures: Standard provisions, not exceptions, delays in performance penalized, min. size: $100K 2. Margins Forward: No initial margin required unless negotiated, no daily mark to market until delivery Futures: Initial margins are always required, posted in cash or T-Bills, oversight by the CBOT Clearing Corp., maintenance margin required to maintain initial margins requirement.
4 3. Liquidity Forward: Very difficult because the contracts are custom and in order to unwind them you must have both parties agree to have some other entity take over a position. [Low] Futures: Can be offset at any time by buying or selling a contract with the same expiration date and contract characteristics. [High] 4. Pricing Forward: Negotiated through a dealer intermediary or directly with the parties. Price is Is determined on what may be viewed as mutually beneficial and agreeable. Spread on fixed rate commitments: 2/32 to 8/32 Futures: Prices are displayed nationally in real time and is based on what the market will bear for each contract. Spread on fixed rate contracts: 1/32 5. Accounting Forward: mark to market only at the time of expiration [European futures contracting] Futures: mark to market daily based on how the contracts are being valued in the market [American Futures Contracting]. 6. Credit Risk Forward: Only as good as either party in terms of fulfillment of the contract, which will not be completely known until expiration. Futures: Trades are guaranteed by a clearing broker and the CBOT Clearing Corp. Summary: Futures and forward markets are designed to let people eliminate price risk inherent in certain financial transactions that call for future delivery of money, financial instruments, or a commodity. These markets will also allow for positions to be taken relative to financial indexes to be able to hedge price risk associated with large baskets of commodities or financial instruments. In this case, the futures position can be settled by offset, whereas, the forward can only be resolved through negotiation or a final determination of gain/loss at time of expiration 7. Delivery Forward: tailored to fit the needs of participants. Futures: delivery date and contract size standardized.
5 8. Commissions Forward: Bid/Ask Spread Futures: Published rates [either flat or based on size of contract] 9. Security Deposit Forward: Negotiable Futures: 3 to 8% of the contract position 10. Accessibility and Regulation Forward: Mostly large customers who contract amongst a large set of financial institutions; Self regulating Futures: Anyone who can come up with the initial commission and pay margin; CFTC, SEC and the Exchanges Futures and forward markets are designed to let people eliminate price risk inherent in transactions that call for future delivery of money, a security or commodity. They do so by allowing people to establish the terms of exchange prior to the scheduled delivery date. E.G. Futures on Fixed Income Securities [Fixed Rate/Bonds] Buy Contracts (Long) are purchased if bond prices are expected to rise (interest rates fall) and sell (Short) contacts are purchased if prices are expected to fall (interest rates rise). Differences Between the Futures and Cash (Spot) Markets Futures Market Organized Exchange (Auction, Open Outcry) Performance Guarantee by Clearing Corp. Standardized Contract Contracts Transferable Highly Liquid Brokerage Fee Charged Cash (Spot) Market Dealer, Broker, Direct Placement No guarantee Agreements not Standardized Agreements May Not Be Transferable Less Liquid depends on marketability of security Brokerage Fee or Bid/Ask Spread
6 Margin Requirement (initial/maintenance) Usually settled by Offset Regulated by the CFTC through Ag Dept. Margin less likely Usually results in physical delivery Loosely Regulated through the SEC Types of Futures Contracts Short Term Contracts: Based on $ 1 million par value with the underlying security having a duration of 90 days of less(e.g. T-Bill Contract priced based on discount) Long Term Contracts: Based on $100K - $200K par value with the underlying security having a duration of 10 years or longer Long Term Contract Examples Type Par Value Sample Quote Min. Fluctuation Tick Value 2-Yr. Treas. Note $200, ¼ of 1/32 1 pt. =$2,000 1 Tick = $2,000/ 4 x 32 = $ Yr. Treas. Note $100, /32 1 pt. = $1,000 1 Tick = $1,000/32 = $ Yr. Treas. Bond $100, /32 1 pt. = $1,000 1 Tick = $31.25 Short Term Contract Examples Eurodollar Time Deposit $1,000, % of Index Value Tick Value = $25 90-day Domestic CDs $1,000, % of Index Value Tick Value = $25 13-Week US T-Bills $1,000, % of Index Value Tick Value = $25 1 Point = 100 ticks = $25 x 100 or $2,500 NOTE: The short term contracts can not be settled by delivery, but rather offset because there is no underlying instrument on which the futures contract is based. The underlying is an index consisting of a set of securities. This delivery method has certain advantages or disadvantages based on the purpose on
7 which the contract is being used [to hedge interest rate risk or speculate on a fundamental move in rates]. Fulfillment Requirements when Settling a Futures Contract Most contracts are settled by offset, however when delivery occurs deliver occurs according to the following process: The short indicates their decision to initiate deliver: Day 1: Notification of Intention Day short informs broker of intention to deliver. Announcement can take place on any during the delivery month. (Note: with T-Bonds any day, except the last 8 days of the deliver month is acceptable); the broker then informs the clearing house of impending delivery. Day 2: Position Day the Clearing House selects the oldest standing long to receive delivery and tells the long of the soon to be completed delivery. Day 3: Settlement Day the long settles with the short, by paying the short the: Original Contract Price x # Contracts x Size of each Contract and then the short delivers to the long the asset/title to complete the contract. Reasons why an institution or individual entity may use futures relate to: uncertainty with respect to inflation, level of interest rates, foreign exchange, price movements in commodities all of which create a need to transfer risk. Underlying Risk Factors: Rapid Growth in Monetary Base Primary Focus of the Fed. Reserve on Controlling Monetary Aggregates (Not Interest Rates) Floating Exchange Rates Balance of Trade Deficits, US Dollar Balances Overseas, Price of Oil [as a defacto currency]
8 Use of Overseas Balances Denominated in US Dollars Eurodollar Time Deposits time deposits denominated in dollars held in banks outside the US, Including foreign branches of US Banks. Motivation for US Depositors === To obtain higher interest rates on funds deposited with a foreign bank, and at the same time face no current exchange rate risk because the deposit remains in US Dollars. Creation of a Euro$ Time Deposit GE currently holds $50 billion in a Chase time deposit. However, GE determines it can earn a higher rate of interest elsewhere. Not wanting to lose the deposit, Chase suggests that GE deposit the $50 bilion as a Euro$ deposit at its London Branch where deposits earn a higher rate of interest. All transactions are carried out through CHIPS (the Clearing House Interbank Payment System) and consists exclusively of paper transfers. At no time does the Euro$money actually leave the US. Funds that start in the US stay there the accounting entries are as follows: GE B/S Chase, NY B/S Chase Savings -50 Reserves - 50 Savings -50 Euro$Deposit London +50 Reserves +50 London Office Acct. +50 due to Chase NY Chase, London Chase, London NY Office Acct. +50 Euro $ Deposit +50 due to Chase, London Chase, NY Note: Interest received and technically held overseas may be subject to tax advantages in regards to the treatment of income i.e., GE may benefit from holding Euro$ deposits because they can defer taxes on the income until it is repatriated back into the US. [A major externality in favor of US Corporations].
9 Futures Market Participants Exchanges are organizations incorporated in the states where they reside. The organization is governed by the membership Full or Associate members are bought and sold and have ranged dramatically in price based on market conditions over time. Some exchanges, such as the Chicago Board of Trade [CBOT] have conditional memberships which provide some benefits enjoyed by full members. CBOT = 1402 memberships, 681 Associate Memberships, 9 conditional Memberships. 22 Members of the Board of Governors and approximately 500 staff members. CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) 1,300 Memberships 24 Members of the Board of Governors Approximately 292 staff members. 4 Major Futures Market Participants Trading Volume Open Interest Floor Traders 40% 3% Arbitraguers 15% 5% Speculators 24% 30% Commercial Hedgers 21% 62% Open Interest = total number of contracts not offset or satisfied by delivery for a given contract. Floor Traders: (1) Scalpers traders who seek to take advantage of short term changes in the price of a contract. = Their roles resemble that of a stock specialist, although scalpers are not obligated to make a market.
10 (2) Day Traders a type of scalper who focuses on intra-day changes in the value of contracts. -Carries a longer position in larger amounts, some follow a trend, others are contrarian. (3) Position Traders take positions based on expectations of price movements over several days; transactions are based on basic shifts in supply/demand for actuals (underlying assets In the spot market). Arbitrageurs Ensure cash and futures prices converge at delivery. An arbitrageur seeks to exploit differences between the futures price and the cost to carry in relation to spot prices on commodities. If there are significant anomalies then there may be cash and carry, or reverse cash and carry arbitrage. For example, if the futures price + cost to carry is significantly less than the spot price, then an arbitrageur will simultaneously sell the commodity in the cash market and buy the futures contract for future deliver into the short cash market position --- thereby locking in a profit on the difference between the cash price less the futures price [which is called basis]. Note: Arbitrage makes the markets more efficient == by taking the above mentioned arbitrage position, the cash price will be driven down, and the futures price will go up in response to increase demand, thereby narrowing the basis to the point where the only difference equals the cost to carry [which implies no excess profits]. Speculators Assume price risk on futures contracts as they attempt to anticipate commodity [or financial asset] price changes. Past statistical characteristics of Speculators Approx. 200,000 Active Speculators 50% over 50; 15% less than 35 36% in the market have been trading more than 6 years Commercial Hedgers Consists of Institutions (Banks, Insurers, Grain Companies, Brokers, Large Farm Operations, Manufactures] with underlying securities or commodities that need to be hedged. They are taking positions over the period when they hold the securities or commodities, or may be
11 seeking to acquire them in a short period of time. These hedgers will maintain a position for as long as they need to maintain price and so their activities account for a large amount of open interest in the futures market. Corn Futures Contract Specification [CME Group] Source: Contract Size: Deliverable Grade: Pricing Unit: Tick Size (min. fluctuation): 5,000 Bushels [approx metric tons] #2 Yellow at contract price; #1 at a 1.5 cent/bushel premium, #3 Yellow at a 1.5 cent discount Cents per bushel ¼ of one cent per bushel (i.e., $12.50 per contract). 5,000 bushels x ¼ = 1,250 cents 1,250 cents/ 100 = $12.50 Contract Months/Symbols: March (H), July (N), September (U) & December (Z) Trading Hours: CME Globex (Electronic Platform): Sunday-Friday 7 PM to 7:45 CT and Monday Friday, 8:30AM-1:15 PM CT Open Outcry Auction on Trading Floor: Monday Friday, 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM CT Daily Price Limit: Settlement: View Daily Price Limits for initial and expanded price limits. There shall be no price limits on the current month contact on or after the second business day preceding the first day of the delivery month. Daily Grains Settlement see specifications at website Final Settlement Procedure see specifications at website Last Trade Date: Last Delivery Date: The business day prior to the 15 calendar day of the contract month. The second business day following the last trading day of the delivery month. Product Ticker Symbols: CME Globex (Electronic Platform): ZC Open Outcry (Trading Floor): C
12 Example of a Corn Futures Hedge A Grundy Center, Iowa farmer has 500 acres of high yielding land that produces 150 bushels of corn per acre each growing season. In May 2013, the 500 acres were planted in corn and then insured against hail and wind crop damage. Input costs including fertilizer, seed, insurance, and chemicals amounted to $1.75 per acre. At the time of planting spot corn prices for standard 1 was $4.50. After about 4 weeks into the growing season, although there had been some major storms in Grundy County, the field was a good share and likely to produce at of above 150 bushels corn per acre. Across the state of Iowa, and Illinois there had been no major drought, hail, excess rain or wind damage to crops. Consequently, by June 12 th the price of corn is down to $4.25 per acre. Given this emerging situation, the farmer is concerned that there may be excess supply of corn at the time of harvest leading to lower corn prices. Lower prices could mean a substantial loss in profit or no profit at all. Therefore, this farmer is looking at using a CME corn futures contract to lock in $4.25 per bushel corn which will guarantee him a profit this year. The 90-day futures prices for corn [i.e., Sept. ] are as follows Bid Asked 1 Contract [5,000 Bushels] Delivery Date: September 15 th. How might this farmer use the futures market to hedge his underlying corn crop price exposure? The hedge must involve locking in the $4.25 price on the Sept. futures contract and then either delivering the corn at the end of the growing season into the contract or settling the contract by offset and then selling the corn at the local grain elevator. Therefore the farmer will take a short [sell] position by selling contracts at the 4.25 bid price, and put down the initial and maintenance margin to retain the position until September. How much corn does the farmer expect to produce this year? The answer to this question depends on a fairly accurate assessment of how many bushels of corn the farm is able to produce this year. In order to deal with this uncertainty it would be useful to perform sensitivity analysis under several different yield scenarios [e.g. 100, 150, 200 bushels of corn per acre] in order to gauge how this might impact futures results. For purposes of this problem, we will go with 150 bushels an acre the mathematics will be the same using other viable estimates. How many contracts should be shorted? The number of contracts, in this case, will be equal to: 75,000 bushels of corn produced/5,000 bushels per contract = 15 contracts.
13 Define the hedging operation: The farmer sells short 15 September futures contracts at $4.25, putting down initial margin which means that the farmer agrees to deliver or settle by offset 15 contracts representing 75,00 bushels of standard grade [# 2 Yellow] corn [15 contracts x 5,000 bushels per contact = 75,000 bushels]. During the period from June to September the price of corn will change each day and to the extent that September corn futures contract finishes above $4.25 the farmer will put in additional maintenance margin into the futures trading account. If the price of the September contract ends the day less than $4.25 there will be additional maintenance margin that will flow into the farmer s futures trading account. In September the farmer will need to settle this account either by offset or through deliver. There are two possible scenarios to consider: Scenario 1: The September 2013 CME Corn Futures Contract ends UP with the following pricing Bid Asked 1 Contract [5,000 Bushels] Delivery Date: September 15 th. In this circumstance the farmer has two options Settlement by Offset The farmer can buy 15 September Corn futures contracts at the Asked price of $4.55. The cost of this method of offsetting the short position will be: 15 contracts x 5,000 bushels/contract x $4.55 = $342,250. The debit created through the short based on the sale in June is: 15 contracts x 5,000 bushels /contract x $4.25 = $318,750. Therefore, the farmer has sustained a loss in this position of: $318,750 - $342,250 = -$23,500; which is equivalent to the movement in corn prices from June to September. Under this scenario the farmer will then sell the 75,000 bushels of corn produced
14 this season at the local elevator for $4.50/ bushel that results in receipt of funds in the amount of 75,000 x $4.50 or $337,500. Conclusion: The famer loses $23,500 from the futures position, but generates $337,500 on the cash sale of his crop in the local market. The result is revenue of $314,000 or $4.19/bushel. Settlement by Physical Delivery The farmer can transport the 75,000 bushels of corn at the time of harvest to a delivery station in fulfillment of the 15 contracts. If the corn is standard grade the revenue received will be equal to $318,750 less whatever the transportation charges may be. Note here that if the transportation charges are likely to exceed $.06 [($ $4.19)/75,000 bushels] per bushel then the farmer should settle by offset as the cheapest to deliver. Scenario 2: The September 2013 CME Corn Futures Contract ends Down with the following pricing Bid Asked 1 Contract [5,000 Bushels] Delivery Date: September 15 th. In this circumstance the farmer has two options Settlement by Offset The farmer can buy 15 September Corn futures contracts at the Asked price of $3.60. The cost of this method of offsetting the short position will be: 15 contracts x 5,000 bushels/contract x $3.60 = $270,000. The debit created through the short based on the sale in June is: 15 contracts x 5,000 bushels /contract x $4.25 = $318,750. Therefore, the farmer has sustained a gain in this position of: $318,750 - $270,000 = +$48,750; which is equivalent to the movement in corn prices from June to September. Under this scenario the farmer will then sell the 75,000 bushels of corn produced this season at the local elevator for $3.55/ bushel that results in receipt of funds in the amount of 75,000 x $3.55 or $266,250. Conclusion: The famer gains $48,750 from the futures position, and generates $266,250 on the cash sale of his crop in the local market. The result is revenue of $315,000 or $4.20/bushel.
15 Settlement by Physical Delivery The farmer can transport the 75,000 bushels of corn at the time of harvest to a delivery station in fulfillment of the 15 contracts. If the corn is standard grade the revenue received will be equal to $318,750 less whatever the transportation charges may be. Note here that if the transportation charges are likely to exceed $.05 [($ $4.20)/75,000 bushels] per bushel then the farmer should settle by offset as the cheapest to deliver.
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