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Thank you so much to everybody who has responded - it has been very helpful! For example, I have to think twice about user the Zaner 360 platform now.

No Delta? That's a pain, I'll have to call it up elsewhere when placing trades.
No indication of required margin? That's rough.

Will investigate all the other trading platforms they offer - they have so many I might get hit with analysis paralysis! Heh!

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I'm looking for a broker and a front-end as well. I can't imagine using an options trading front end that doesn't give you delta. I want to know what my ROI is going to be BEFORE I place the trade, if at all possible. Does any of the front-ends provide that?

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I'm looking for a broker and a front-end as well. I can't imagine using an options trading front end that doesn't give you delta. I want to know what my ROI is going to be BEFORE I place the trade, if at all possible. Does any of the front-ends provide that?

Watch the webinars on futures.io (formerly BMT) on CTS T4 platform, it has extensive options support. There is also an AMA thread to ask questions to them:

https://futures.io/brokers-data-feeds/25772-cts-t4s-brian-murphy-director-busine...ing-ask-me-anything.html

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Thank you so much to everybody who has responded - it has been very helpful! For example, I have to think twice about user the Zaner 360 platform now.

No Delta? That's a pain, I'll have to call it up elsewhere when placing trades.
No indication of required margin? That's rough.

Will investigate all the other trading platforms they offer - they have so many I might get hit with analysis paralysis! Heh!

Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing more feedback!

The only two platforms that I know of that give you the margin requirements are OX and IB. Of course IB charges an arm and a leg for margin for I wouldn't consider them an option.

With the PC-SPAN program now only costing $10 that is an option. You just have to wade through 1988 software to get what you want. We have a thread on it.

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With the PC-SPAN program now only costing $10 that is an option. You just have to wade through 1988 software to get what you want. We have a thread on it.

For those that are Excel/VBA savvy, another option is to use code to search the risk arrays from CME ... they are in essence just large text files (open them in notepad and take a look). Add the greatest risk of the 16 scenarios to the current option value and you'll have the maintenance margin.

I'm not 100% sure on the initial margin, but from a couple of examples I looked at on PC-SPAN (including the example below), if you take the maintenance margin and add to it 10% of its value and then add the option value you'll get the initial margin.

EX. CLG4 C115 (Nov 15 settlement Risk Array)
-Risk $243 + option value $50 = Maintenance Margin $293
-Risk $243 + 10% of risk $24 + option value $50 = Initial Margin $317

Also, delta of the option is in the risk arrays and can be extracted as well.

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Firetip web-based platform also gives you the margin requirements.

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For those that are Excel/VBA savvy, another option is to use code to search the risk arrays from CME

Which of the many files online is the "risk array" file from CME? I assume it is on the ftp://ftp.cmegroup.com server somewhere? But there are SO many files it's difficult to know which is which.

Thanks in advance.

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Which of the many files online is the "risk array" file from CME? I assume it is on the ftp://ftp.cmegroup.com server somewhere? But there are SO many files it's difficult to know which is which.

Thanks in advance.

I use SPAN to get margins, and deltas seem to be in the report as well. The file name has a ".s." in it for settlement prices. The .i. files are for intraday margin updates, and I'm not sure about the others.

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Which of the many files online is the "risk array" file from CME? I assume it is on the ftp://ftp.cmegroup.com server somewhere? But there are SO many files it's difficult to know which is which.

You should only need the 's' risk arrays like kevinkdog mentioned. The other lettered risk arrays are for different cycles throughout the day. If you want a better understanding of the different arrays you can load look at this pdf from CME: http://www.cmegroup.com/clearing/files/Loading_a_Risk_Array_File.pdf.

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