Earnings on bitcoin options, What are bitcoin options?
Exchange-traded bitcoin options launched Monday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Traditional options allow the buyer of the option to purchase the underlying asset in the case of a call option or sell the underlying in the case of a put option.
Options on futures are just a bit different in that the owner of a call option has the right at option expiration to take a long position in the bitcoin futures contract traded at the CME, while the owner of a put option has the right to take a short position in those bitcoin futures.
Regardless of the underlying instrument, the ability to define risk comes at a cost.
Options on bitcoin futures are incredibly expensive as you would expect from anything with this sort of volatility. Traders usually refer to the cost of an option in terms of "implied volatility," or the amount of volatility implied by that current make money withdrawal of the option.
Options on bitcoin futures are implying an extreme amount of volatility. That would really require some movement.
Until options on bitcoin futures gain a deeper following, any trader will face a market — meaning the bid for any option and the offer price for that option — that is very wide. That doesn't mean option sellers will have it any better off. The seller of a naked call option would face unlimited losses if bitcoin were to resume the rally it enjoyed in Earnings on bitcoin options on bitcoin futures will likely be a great tool for speculators in the cryptocurrency space.
Speculators in other asset classes have known for a long time that options offer the ability to limit losses and create unique payoff profiles. And it's always good for investors and speculators to have more options. These views should not be construed as a recommendation for any specific security or sector.