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Optioneer has a wide array of financial products designed to help clients diversify risk capital. The products offered are listed below:
The Optioneer methodology provides recommendations regarding options on Stock Market Index Futures. Stock Market Index Options were introduced in 1983 and are very actively traded in today’s marketplace.

Stock Market Index Options are similar to listed share options and have many of the same potential benefits and risks. However, there are important differences between the two. One difference is that there is much greater leverage inherent with options on futures. The other main difference is the potential ability to profit from (losses may also occur), or hedge against, over-all stock market volatility, as opposed to changes in individual share prices.

The options that Optioneer recommends for U.S. customers are the S&P 500™, Mini Dow Contract™ and NASDAQ-100™. These index futures contracts trade in quarterly cycles, in the follow months: March, June, September, and December. The option series associated with the respective "futures" contracts are the individual months, e.g. January, February, & March for the "March Future", April, May & June for the "June Future", etc.

Multiple contracts can be initiated, and an increasing number of contracts can always be executed, subject to conditions imposed by the broker.
Over the last couple of years we have been working diligently in developing an approach that would allow the Optioneer concept to be applied across a broad range of traditional commodity markets. A commodity is a product or good that is bought or sold on a commodity exchange, usually an agricultural product, natural resource, or financial instrument. Examples of this include crude oil, 30-Year T-Bonds, gold, and live cattle. The research and development has been extensive, and we have found it extremely difficult to generate consistently workable test results within the context of our current strategies and methodologies.

Therefore, after extensive research on more than twelve commodities covering many years of data, Optioneer determined a unique approach was necessary to offer the greatest potentially favorable risk and reward ratio. In order to achieve this goal, we retained one of the futures industry’s most respected analytics firms to develop new technical indicators and signals that can be used in conjunction with applying the Optioneer strategy to the commodity markets. The resulting indicators may be applied to all commodities as it attempts to identify the top and bottom of trading ranges. Our proprietary overbought and oversold commodity indicator, in combination with our proprietary P-Factor’s and trade structures, is intended to identify favorable market conditions for selling call and put spreads.

Optioneer’s new “commodity indicator” and order evaluation technology can be applied to most commodities, but will only be available on the website when the strategy’s criteria have been satisfied. In other words, we will only allow a model commodity trade to be posted on the website when the proper combination of signals, rules, values and P-Factors are in line. When a commodity trade is not posted on the website, it is because we strongly recommend that they not be traded, as we believe doing so would be too aggressive and an abandonment of trading discipline.
Through Optioneer’s proprietary Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) products, members have exclusive access to managed futures and foreign exchange (Forex) investments. Some of these CTA products are typically only available to institutional traders. CTA products offered by Optioneer or its affiliates are: 1) passive for investors in that all trading decisions are made by the CTA; 2) aim to provide additional diversification and opportunity, and 3) are not dependent on bullish stock market performance. In fact, our CTA products trade markets from both the long and short side, sometimes just for one day, and even trade across a broad range of non-correlated markets.

Optioneer currently offers the following CTA products:

  • StrikePoint Asset Management, LLC
    Optioneer members can choose to have their individual StrikePoint account managed by StrikePoint Asset Management, LLC (SAM). SAM is a passive approach to trading the Optioneer strategy and it will initiate and exit Optioneer stock index model hybrid trades according to Optioneer rules and guidelines. Members can view their managed individual account positions via the Optioneer web site but cannot initiate or exit positions. If you have questions, please contact your StrikePoint broker.

  • Clarity Capital Management, LLC
    Optioneer members may choose to have an account managed by Clarity Capital Management, LLC (CCM). CCM offers members a passive approach to exposure within the Optioneer strategy. CCM will primarily initiate and exit Optioneer stock index model trades according to Optioneer rules and guidelines. Participants may view their managed account positions via the Optioneer web site but cannot initiate or exit positions. If you have questions, please contact your StrikePoint broker.

If you are interested in any of the managed products above, please request a disclosure document for the program from your StrikePoint broker.
* Increased leverage increases both the risk of loss and the size of potential profits.