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Fundamentals of Trading Energy Futures and Options
ISBN: 0878148361     Date Published: 2002-02-01     Author(s): Steven Errera, Stewart L. Brown
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In todays changing political and economic environment, it is increasingly important that companies learn to properly use various trading instruments to protect themselves against price volatility. Since the first successful energy futures contract was introduced almost a quarter century ago, trading in energy futures and options has played an important role in hedging against fluctuations in the price of petroleum products, crude oil, natural gas, propane, electricity, and most recently, coal.

In this 2nd edition of their best-selling primer, authors Steven Errera and Stewart L. Brown explain how exchange traded futures and options markets work, and how companies can successfully use the markets in their overall strategy to increase profitability. They cover everything from market mechanics, hedging, spread trading, and technical trading to the history and growth of the markets. Also included in an extensive appendix detailing contract specifications for thirteen energy futures/options contracts.
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33 of 33 People found the following review helpful.

Good on the basics of energy futures trading., September 7, 1999 By A Customer This review is from: Fundamentals of Trading Energy Futures & Options (Hardcover) The authors present the basics of futures trading in relation to the energy market. The book does not assume any previous familiarity with the commodities. Unlike many stock market type books, the authors do not suggest or recommend trading in energy futures. The book presents the mechanics of the market and strategies used by traders. Specific to the energy market are spreads (heating oil vs gasoline, crack spreads, spark spreads, heating oil vs gas-oil spreads, NYMEX vs IPE spreads and frac spreads). All clearly explained and very interesting. Also, hedging strategies including arbitrage and strip hedging are reviewed. Options on futures are explained in a generic sense (nothing specific to the energy futures) except for crack spread options trading.Technical analysis is briefly discussed (11 pages in total). The authors are skeptical of technical analysis - at least in a pure form without other information. The final chapter deals with the economic...
17 of 17 People found the following review helpful.

Energy Futures Explained, October 14, 1999 By A Customer This review is from: Fundamentals of Trading Energy Futures & Options (Hardcover) Although this book is focused on energy futures, the authors provide an outstanding overview of the fundamentals of futures trading. However, the value of the book is its explanation of how energy futures are traded. Technical and fundamentals are reviewed with the emphasis of how they are used in the unique setting of the energy industry. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the history and growth of the energy contract. The chapter on hedging will be of great intest to those in the energy industry.
12 of 12 People found the following review helpful.

Very Good Primer, June 27, 2003 ByConsumer "PR" (FL) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fundamentals of Trading Energy Futures and Options (Hardcover) This is an excellent and invaluable learning tool. It is helpful to have some financial experience, namely understanding some of the terms like call and put,etc, so that you may spend more time focusing on the concepts, but not absolutely necessary. The book is logically organized to start with an overview of the futures market,followed by an overview of futures, generalized hedging, and options. All topics are related to energy commodities with easy to understand explanations. Relevant details relating to the energy market (definitions of spark spreads, inter-exchange hedging strategies, etc) are included. Although I could not go into the market and trade commodities after reading this book, I could understand the overall concept of hedging energy futures and options and this serves as an excellent primer to the next level. I would say that this book is at about the college senior level, easy on the math and not heavy on modeling. I would recommend it for the...
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