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Are Inter Commodity Spreads Right for you?
By John Thorpe, Senior broker
Used alone as a strategy or as a hedge
over the weekend or longer..
You can still hold volatile positions at reduced margins
by employing exchange recognized spreads
You can trade similar products but from different sides of the ledger, long vs short
Some traders use these as stand alone strategies, others use them as hedges to straddle a time period, perhaps you don’t want full exposure during an important report but still like your entry price on one leg.
If this is the case you may offset a part of the risk with a different but similar product and receive a margin break for reducing your overall risk.
Inter Spreads are calculated as a percentage of Credit off the top of the full outright margin of the products that make up the legs of the spread.
NQ 17,000 YM 9,000
17,000+9.000= 26,000 outright margin before SPAN inter spread credit is applied
With the inter spread credit applied to each leg of the spread, there is a savings of $11,750
( 17,000 x .55) = 9350 + (9000 x .55) = 4950 = 14,300
Of course, you can apply the same logic to the micro contract at 1/10th the size.
MNQ vs MYM = overnight requirement of $1430.00 rather than 1700.00 for the outright MNQ
There are hundreds if not thousands of combination based on correlated relationships that are recognized by the exchange. Please call your Broker or ,if you don’t have an account yet and would like to know more, call Cannon +1 310 859 9572 and we will be happy to spend time with you about this different way to manage your trading risk.
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