Stock Index Futures & Options: The Ins and Outs of Trading Any Index, Anywhere

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Like so many other areas of the market, stock indexes-thecompilations of many stocks such as the Standard & Poor's 500and the Dow Jones Industrial Average-have traditionally been out ofreach for the individual investor and small trader. But thanks tothe recent creation of E-mini S&P 500 and Dow futures andoptions contracts, private investors and professional traders cannow join the major players actively trading the most popular broadmarkets. Financial writer Susan Abbott Gidel provides acomprehensive ...

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Overview

Like so many other areas of the market, stock indexes-thecompilations of many stocks such as the Standard & Poor's 500and the Dow Jones Industrial Average-have traditionally been out ofreach for the individual investor and small trader. But thanks tothe recent creation of E-mini S&P 500 and Dow futures andoptions contracts, private investors and professional traders cannow join the major players actively trading the most popular broadmarkets. Financial writer Susan Abbott Gidel provides acomprehensive overview of everything traders and investors need toknow about the different types of stock indexes and how they aretraded. Included here are all the essentials, with complete detailson using stock index futures and options-including pricing,technical analysis, market indicators, circuit breakers, indexexpirations, and more. You'll learn how to formulate soundstrategies that are tailored to individual trading philosophies,from minimizing risk by spreading one contract against another anddiversifying stock holdings to capitalizing on the "January Effect"to make gains on rising small-cap stocks. You'll also see whichindividual stocks are the most influential in each index. SusanGidel explains how the index you are trading is designed,calculated, and targeted for a particular type of investor. Shefocuses on broad-based stock indexes, including the NYSE Compositeand Standard & Poor's 500 in the United States as well as ahost of pan-European indexes and those representing stock marketsin eleven North American, Asian, and European countries. Other U.S.markets she focuses on include large-, mid-, and small-cap indexessuch as the DJIA and Russell 2000; and style and sector indexes,including the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500 Growth and Value indexes,and the Internet Stock Index. She highlights more than fortyaccessible indexes available today on twenty U.S. and foreignexchanges, including the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago MercantileExchange, London International Financial Futures and OptionsExchange, Eurex, and the Singapore International Monetary Exchange.Stock Index Futures & Options provides you with theprofessional know-how and critical overview both individualinvestors and professional traders need to break into trading stockindexes on every major stock market in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With 20 years of professional experience behind her, Susan AbbottGidel is the perfect person to present this intricate overview oftoday's futures and options markets. Included is everything abeginner needs to know to understand the world ofderivatives."—(Robert R. Prechter, Jr., President, Elliot WaveInternational)

"Everything you wanted to know about global stock indexes in oneplace."—(Tom Basso CEO, Trendstat Capital Management)

"With 20 years of professional experience behind her, Susan AbbottGidel is the perfect person to present this intricate overview oftoday's futures and options markets. Included is everything abeginner needs to know to understand the world ofderivatives."—(Robert R. Prechter, Jr., President, Elliot WaveInternational)

"Everything you wanted to know about global stock indexes in oneplace."—(Tom Basso CEO, Trendstat Capital Management)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471295396
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series, #82
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN ABBOTT GIDEL is a financial writer who has devoted her career to examining and writing about all aspects of the financial markets, with an emphasis on exchange-traded futures and options. Formerly an editor of Futures magazine, she is President of CGA Communications Group, Inc., whose clients have included the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Futures Industry magazine, Hull Equity Management, the London Metal Exchange, MAR, Prudential Securities, and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. She lives in Chicago and can be reached at sgidel@educatedinvestor.com.

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Table of Contents

Understanding Stock Indexes.

What Makes Stock Index Futures Tick?

Stock Index "Player" Sheet.

Ways to Use Stocks Index Futures.

Know Your Stock Index: North America.

Know Your Stock Index: Asia/Pacific.

Know Your Stock Index: Europe.

Trading from the Beach.

Appendices.

Glossary.

Order Types.

Endnotes.

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