General Options on Futures Question

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#1 Thu, Sep 8, 2011 - 11:03pm
Philadephia, PA
Joined: Jun 14, 2011

General Options on Futures Question


I notice that they are much less liquid than futures. When you look at the spreads, I often see bid and ask, and amounts, that can be wildly different from "last" - sometimes because the future has changed in price, sometimes not. I also see that often, despite bids that are not too far apart, there is no actually buying and selling taking place. So my questions are:

1 - How is it that there can be so few "last traded" even when there are bids?

2 - It appears after hours options are slim to non-existant. Is that normal?

3 - What are very outlandish ask/bids for? Stink bids people put in?

4 - What dangers exist when buying/selling? How do I know what the "real" value should be when there is little liquidity?

Edited by: Vypuero on Nov 8, 2014 - 5:16am