Options An option is a financial contract in which one party (the buyer) MAY buy (for a Call option) or sell (for a Put option) a specified quantity of an asset at or before a specified date, for a fixed exercise or strike price. The buyer pays an option price, or premium, upfront in exchange for the right to exercise this option. The counterparty (the seller, or writer of the option) MUST sell (for a call option) or buy (for a put option) the specified asset at the exercise price if and when the buyer exercises his right. In exchange, the writer receives the premium from the buyer upfront.
Calls or Forwards? • The call offers protection and profit • the airline get protection from high fuel price • but reaps the benefit of low fuel price • The futures contract offers onlyprotection • no downside risk • no upside profit • The call sells for a premium price!
Delta is Most Sensitive to Spot Price In Vicinity of Strike Price