Options Chain

Options Chain Reference

Options Chain Reference

Context menu settings

The following setting options are available for the underlying futures contract and/or individual options contract:

  • Open Vol Curve Manager — Opens the Vol Curve Manager widget seeded with the current expiry. This setting is available when you right-click the top panel of the Options Chain.
  • Open — Allows you to open either MD Trader or an Order Ticket for an underlying futures contract or options contract. In addition, you can open the following widgets for an individual options contract:
    • Strategy Creation
    • Blocktrader
    • Time and Sales
  • Submit RFQ — Submits an RFQ for an underlying futures contract or individual options contract. Right-click the best Bid and Ask price for an underlying contract, or the data unique to a Call or Put options contract to select this setting.
  • Send to Watchlist — Sends an underlying futures contract or individual options contract to the Watchlist widget. Right-click the best Bid or Ask price for an underlying contract, or the data unique to a Call or Put options contract to select this setting.
  • Transpose rows and columns — Switches the display of the rows and columns in the widget.

Available settings

These settings affect only the selected Options Chain widget. To update the default settings with these value for newly-opened Options Chain widgets, or to apply them to existing opened widgets, click Defaults.

  • Show tabs: Check to show tabs at the bottom of the widget. Uncheck to hide tabs.

  • Highlight control point strikes: Enable this setting to highlight the strike prices that reflect the control points on the volatility curve for the Options month.

  • Highlight trading range of underlying: Check (enable) this setting to highlight the prices the comprise the midpoint of the underlying futures contract. When enabled, the prices are shaded and a green bar is displayed to show the best bid price, and a red bar is displayed to show the best ask for the underlying.

  • Round deltas to the nearest whole number: Set whether to round the call and put delta values.

  • Highlight at the money strike: Set whether to display a black line at the strike closest to the at-the-money price (underlying price).

  • Display volatility as: Select whether to display volatility as:

    • Absolute Value: Show the absolute volatility.
    • Diff From User Curve: Show volatility using the formula, X - User Curve, where X is the implied, fit, or settle value.
    • Diff From Settle: Show volatility using the formula, X - Settlement, where X is the implied or fit value.
  • Send spreads to: Set whether to send spreads to the Strategy Creation or Blocktrader widget.

  • Highlight LTP for option trades (seconds): Set whether, and how long, to highlight the CLast or PLast price when a trade occurs.

  • Highlight Bid/Ask as TV Approaches (in ticks): Set whether to change the background color of the Bid/Ask price to white when the theoretical value approaches the market by the selected number of ticks (0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1).

  • Highlight Bid/Ask when TV is through (color adjustment interval in ticks): Set whether to shade Bid/Ask prices with yellow gradients based on how far the theortical value has gone through the market by the selected number of ticks (0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1). Darker shades indicate more edge.

  • Set Options Chain columns: Select the columns you want shown in the Market Grid.

  • Set Strategy buttons: Select which strategy templates you want to add as quick-access buttons.

Options Chain column descriptions

Column Description
Active

User volatility values that are used for calculating theoretical call and put values. These user-defined vols are entered using the Vol Curve Manager, which fits the curve to the control points on the volatility curve. The user volatility values are a result of the fitting process.

TTV

Fit volatility value used for calculating theoretical call and put values. Fit vols are calculated by TT but can be modified by a user in the Vol Curve Manager widget.

IV

Implied volatility value. Implied volatilities are calculated using the midpoint of bid and ask prices.

SV

Settlement volatility value, which indicates volatility calculated per strike using settlement prices.

Γ/Θ

Is a measure of how much money you will gain by owning the option due to movements in the underlying versus how much money you will lose in time decay (theta). Also known a epsilon.

Rho

Shows the change in options value per change in interest rate.

Vega

Shows the change in options value per change in volatility.

Theta

Shows the change in options value per change in time. Also known as time decay.

Gamma

Shows the change in delta per change in the underlying.

Call delta calculated using "user volatility" if it is provided by the user, or "fit volatility" if it is not.

CBidQ

The total quantity working at the call option's bid price.

CBid

Best bid price for a call option at a given strike price.

CTV

Call theoretical value, which is the theoretical price of a call option calculated using the Barone-Adesi and Whaley price model with volatility as an input. The volatility used is controlled by the user. The user vol curve is used if provided, or the fit vol curve is used if not.

CAsk

Best ask price for a call option at a given strike price.

CAskQ

The total quantity working at the call option's ask price.

CVol

Total volume of calls traded at each strike price.

CStl

The call option's settlement price.

CLast

The call or put option's last traded price (LTP).

CPos

Net open position for a call.

Strike

Shows the underlying Futures contract price at which a holder can exercise their option to buy or sell the contract. The strike column reflects the range of the day by shading the strike. The high / low line indicators as seen on MD Trader® are displayed in the strike column relative to their position.

PVol

Total volume of puts traded at each strike price.

PStl

The put option's settlement price.

PLast

The put option's last traded price (LTP).

PPos

Net open position for a put.

PBidQ

The total quantity working at the put option's bid price.

PBid

Best bid price for a put option at a given strike price.

PTV

Put theoretical value, which is the theoretical price of a put option calculated using the Barone-Adesi and Whaley price model with volatility as an input. The volatility used is controlled by the user. The user vol curve is used if provided, or the fit vol curve is used if not.

PAsk

Best ask price for a put option at a given strike price.

PAskQ

The total quantity working at the put option's ask price.

Put delta calculated using "user volatility" if it is provided by the user, or "fit volatility" if it is not.