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Best broker for Options on Futures

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Trading Apprentice
Scottsdale, Arizona
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: OptionsXpress
Favorite Futures: Commodities
 
Posts: 3 since Jun 2016
Thanks: 2 given, 1 received

Best broker for Options on Futures

Hey everyone,

I'm new to the forum and had a quick question for the group. I've been selling options on futures for the past year with pretty good success. I've been using OptionsXpress but this weekend they are merging with Schwab. I'm not sure what that will ultimately look like but I've been thinking about holding my account elsewhere. I've been researching the other brokers but they all seem to have their quirks.

I'm curious what platform other option sellers use and why.

Thanks for the help!

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Market Wizard
Linz Austria
 
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Zaner360, TWS, Vantage
Broker/Data: DeCarley, IAB, RJO
Favorite Futures: Commodities
 
Posts: 1,099 since Nov 2014
Thanks: 1,445 given, 1,302 received
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JohnMcClean View Post
Hey everyone,

I'm new to the forum and had a quick question for the group. I've been selling options on futures for the past year with pretty good success. I've been using OptionsXpress but this weekend they are merging with Schwab. I'm not sure what that will ultimately look like but I've been thinking about holding my account elsewhere. I've been researching the other brokers but they all seem to have their quirks.

I'm curious what platform other option sellers use and why.

Thanks for the help!

Regarding option selling, I work with DeCarley for two reasons: Carley has a positive attitude towards option selling, and she offers the best service I ever received from a broker.

Best regards, Myrrdin

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Trading Apprentice
Scottsdale, Arizona
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: OptionsXpress
Favorite Futures: Commodities
 
Posts: 3 since Jun 2016
Thanks: 2 given, 1 received


I've heard great things about working with her. I'm currently reading her most recent book. I'll have to do more research. Thanks!

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Trading Apprentice
Phoenix Arizona
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: TOS, OX
Favorite Futures: CL, ES, NG, GC
 
Posts: 1 since Mar 2016
Thanks: 1 given, 0 received


myrrdin View Post
Regarding option selling, I work with DeCarley for two reasons: Carley has a positive attitude towards option selling, and she offers the best service I ever received from a broker.



Best regards, Myrrdin




Hi Myrrdin- Iíve looked at DeCarley in the past. I like Carley and what sheís about, but I ran out of steam trying to figure out a trading platform setup that makes sense... Any insight? What does your setup look like?

Thanks!

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Market Wizard
Linz Austria
 
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Zaner360, TWS, Vantage
Broker/Data: DeCarley, IAB, RJO
Favorite Futures: Commodities
 
Posts: 1,099 since Nov 2014
Thanks: 1,445 given, 1,302 received
Forum Reputation: Legendary


CFAninja View Post
Hi Myrrdin- Iíve looked at DeCarley in the past. I like Carley and what sheís about, but I ran out of steam trying to figure out a trading platform setup that makes sense... Any insight? What does your setup look like?

Thanks!

I use the Zaner360 platform. It is certainly not what I would like to have, but for option selling it is ok. Some weeks ago they included the Greeks to their option chains which helps.

Carley is able (and willing) to compensate for some of the deficits of the software.

Additionally I use the Trade Navigator.

Best regards, Myrrdin

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Trading Apprentice
New York City
 
Futures Experience: None
Platform: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: Emini ES
 
Posts: 13 since Nov 2016
Thanks: 0 given, 3 received

Cannon Trading Co. works with six well-known clearing firms (FCMís) and one with which it has been doing business for over a decade, Gain Capital, offers a free trading platform that now provides Greeks and theoretical prices in the platformís Option Chain window. Setting up a Gain Capital account through Cannon Trading Co., a near-thirty-year-old Introducing Broker, is a top shelf choice.

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Trading Apprentice
New York, New York
 
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: multiple
Broker/Data: multiple
Favorite Futures: CL
 
Posts: 14 since Nov 2015
Thanks: 1 given, 5 received

No one going to mention TOS as a great option here?

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Trading Apprentice
Scottsdale, Arizona
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: OptionsXpress
Favorite Futures: Commodities
 
Posts: 3 since Jun 2016
Thanks: 2 given, 1 received


StopHunter View Post
No one going to mention TOS as a great option here?

I'd definitely like to hear more. Are you selling options on futures there? If so, how are the margin requirements and what does the market access look like?

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Elite Member
Singapore
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: TDAmeritrade
Favorite Futures: Options On Futures
 
Posts: 18 since Aug 2017
Thanks: 3 given, 9 received

TOS is now TDAmeritrade. It is definitely a very good choice for a starter. Its commission is very cheap, compared to the brokers of gain capital. This allows you to do narrow spreads ($2 in crude oil) to test the market with limited loss. You can trade ES, ZS, ZC, ZW, CL, GC, ZN, & NG. The only limit is that for contracts besides ES and grain, you can have only 3 month options to play. No silver, copper, coffee, coca, cotton, etc. But that's enough for a beginner.

TDA's UI is fantastic. It is tailored for absolute beginner. Its Analyze page can show you the decay/margin by incrementing the date.

You can also got portfolio margining with TDAmeritrade if you pass a test.

If you are absolute beginner, stay with TDA for at least sometime before switching to others.



JohnMcClean View Post
I'd definitely like to hear more. Are you selling options on futures there? If so, how are the margin requirements and what does the market access look like?


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