This article is from the Investing Articles: Stocks and Options series.
Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities are long-term stock or index options. LEAPS are available in two types, calls and puts. They have expiration dates up to three years in the future.
An order given to a broker by a customer that specifies a price; the order can be executed only if the market reaches or betters that price.
Any transaction that offsets or closes out a long or short futures or options position.
The purchase of a futures contract in anticipation of an actual purchase in the cash market. Used by processors or exporters as protection against and advance in the cash price
An investors position where the number of contracts bought exceeds the number of contracts sold. He is a net holder.
A sum, usually smaller than, but part of, the initial performance bond, which must be maintained on deposit in the customer's account at all times. If a customer's equity in any futures position drops to, or under, the maintenance performance bond level, a "performance bond call" is issued for the amount of money required to restore the customer's equity in the account to the initial margin level.
The amount an uncovered (naked) option writer is required to deposit and maintain to cover a position. The margin requirement is calculated daily.
The daily adjustment of margin accounts to reflect profits and losses.
An order for immediate execution given to a broker to buy or sell at the best obtainable price.
The maximum amount the contract price can change, up or down, during one trading session, as stipulated by Exchange rules.
Smallest increment of price movement possible in trading a given contract, more commonly referred to as a "tick."