The first derivatives – WIG20 futures – were introduced on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 1998. Today the exchange offers a range of diverse instruments: index futures, single-stock futures, currency futures, index options. Investors appreciate the opportunities provided by the derivatives market.
Futures are derivatives: their price is linked to the price of the underlying. To simplify, a futures contract is an agreement between two parties (investors). The contract buyer agrees to buy the underlying instrument back from the seller (issuer) at an agreed price and at an agreed future date.
To better understand options, think of insurance policies. Options are like insurance. We all know about insurance policies: we insure our homes, cars, health and life against unexpected events. Options work in quite the same way as they protect our portfolios (mitigate investment risks).
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A key part of learning about options is the visualisation of the payment profile of individual options as well as complex option strategies. The charts will introduce you to the characteristics of the returns and risks of options. We have developed a special tool facilitating the process. To draw a payment profile for selected options, click the icon on the right. The blue icons present detailed instructions for application users.
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