Top Options Trader Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for an Options Trader. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Options Trader resumes they appeared on. For example, 10.9% of Options Trader resumes contained Equity as a skill. Let's find out what skills an Options Trader actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Options Trader resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Equity

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Here's how Equity is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Analyzed cash equity positions and helped customers to position underlying options for institutional and wealth management client bank clients.
  • Traded equity options for firm account utilizing a variety of statistical and proprietary trading methods.
  • Concentrated equity option and prop trading activity in numerous takeover and special situation events.
  • Identify macro market events; research trading opportunities present in international equity markets.
  • Advised independent on-site equity trading desk of commodity and financial futures market conditions.
  • Identified potential adverse equity price movement through call and put volatility skew analysis.
  • Self-directed equity options trader for a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago.
  • Traded equity options for this proprietary derivatives trading firm.
  • Hedged option position delta exposure through opposing equity positions.
  • Executed stock option equity trades for international executives.
  • Structured and executed equity and index option strategies.
  • Traded equity derivatives for four portfolio managers.
  • Traded European equity derivatives in London 1992-93
  • Risk-managed from 1988 to 1990 as a desk trader who provided and assessed trading strategies for the US equity option book.
  • Market Maker for equity options in a sector-based portfolio of stocks on the International Securities Exchange (ISE) desk.
  • Acted as a primary market maker, successfully traded equity options for nine consecutive quarters on the American Stock Exchange.
  • Executed firm equity orders and complex option orders (butterflies, straddles, arbitrage strategies) via ECN's.
  • Researched equity moving catalysts for establishing time spreads, straddles, and outright positions ahead of the events.
  • Executed equity and options orders for over 3,000 registered representatives for the largest independent broker/dealer in the US.
  • Promoted within 6 months of being hired from floor broker to equity derivatives trader and market maker.

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2. Option Trader

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Here's how Option Trader is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Assumed option trading role as one of 15 option traders in global offices including New York, London, and Tokyo
  • Promoted within 2 years to 30 year bond option trader, exemplifying performance standards, and corporate commitment to success.
  • Advised institutional and retail option traders on advanced options strategies and proper hedge techniques.
  • Promoted to a QQQQ option trader, a highly competitive option product.
  • Retail Option Trader, Option Desk Analyzed strategies and traded listed options.

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3. Order Flow

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Here's how Order Flow is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Utilized order flow volume analysis to identify strength of trend and potential change of trend.
  • Managed order flow, verified accurate fill prices, reconciled trade disputes.
  • Developed and executed profitable option strategies based on current market structure and order flow using the Itiviti trading platform and Excel.
  • Developed the broker-dealer desk, increased order flow by initiating and cultivating relationships.
  • Worked closely with principal traders in executing institutional order flow.
  • Performed in-depth research and analysis of economic reports that affected market activity and order flow.

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4. Risk Management

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Here's how Risk Management is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Employed sophisticated principles of risk management, volatility analysis and extensive spreading strategies to grow portfolio.
  • Trained extensively in option pricing risk management utilizing proprietary derivative of the Black-Scholes model.
  • Continue education and personal development focusing on psychology, portfolio & risk management.
  • Developed risk management skills through discipline and capital preservation.
  • Exercised risk management and personal judgment in executing trades.
  • Created and executed risk management procedures and strategies.
  • Developed portfolio risk management solutions.
  • Created proprietary risk management tool that revolutionized trading, and was used by ~90% of the firm s traders.
  • Achieved a strike rate of over 90% for trading, through a disciplined approach and adherence to risk management.
  • Manage all aspects of a trading operation including, risk management, position limits, bookkeeping, margin requirements
  • Apply risk management and trade management methodologies to control open positions and close positions at the appropriate times.
  • Applied financial engineering theory and collaborated with traders to develop portfolio risk management tools in Excel VBA.
  • Premier Options Training with emphasis on pricing rationale, risk management, trading strategy and game theory
  • Risk management and hedging are a constant and ongoing part of the job of holding positions.
  • Learned core principles of risk management through daily risk meetings and understanding of option risks.
  • Participated in risk management processes involving volatility, delta, gamma, and expiration risks.
  • Use proper risk management and techniques to alleviate the losses accrued from adverse news events.
  • Entered trades and trained daily in risk management with senior commodities traders.
  • Directed firm-wide stock and options trading and risk management across four sectors.
  • Learned value of risk management and risk assessment through trading experience.

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5. Financial Markets

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Here's how Financial Markets is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Interpret economic calendars and their impact on financial markets and select futures prices and quantities for overnight hedging.
  • Possess a wide-ranging understanding and expertise of financial markets, specific industry sectors, and individual companies in trading portfolio.
  • Operated computer system connected directly to financial markets overseas to generate profit by buying and selling during overnight hours.
  • Worked independently daily in a high pressure environment executing trades and researching financial markets.
  • Assessed macroeconomic environment and daily events to determine impact on volatile financial markets and technology stocks.
  • Analyzed financial markets and entered equity trades based on economic analysis and risk management techniques.

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6. Stock Options

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Here's how Stock Options is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Used a variety of technical analysis tools to trade primarily in stock options and other financial derivatives.
  • Traded short-term stock options with a focus on vertical credit spreads.
  • Traded Chrysler stock options on the floor of the exchange.
  • Executed exercise of stock options and trading of shares issued.
  • Completed Options House coursework on stock options trading independently.
  • Make all decisions on stock options to be traded.
  • Traded Stock Options on the New York markets.
  • Broker charter flights and trade stock options.
  • Traded single-stock options on proprietor basis.
  • Tutored financial advisors on the process of exercising stock options and required paperwork.
  • Traded stock options, part time, for personal income

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7. P/L

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Here's how P/L is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Led trading team that generated 12 million P/L over three years.
  • Generated trading P/L of 2 million in three years.
  • Assisted in the analysis of the Eurodollar term structure, tracked traders' positions, and tabulated P/L.
  • Designed high p/l and Sharpe, proprietary high frequency strategy: equities, market neutral, C++.
  • Prepared all OTC Options reports: P/L, trader limits and margin reporting on a daily basis.
  • Collaborated on the design of a new portfolio tracking program to increase position and P/L accuracy.

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8. Technical Analysis

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Here's how Technical Analysis is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Conducted financial and technical analysis to determine lucrative trading situations, to increase profitability.
  • Utilized technical analysis to identify possible entry and exit points for executing trades.
  • Conducted technical analysis of all positions open or closed.
  • Researched earnings plays and stock momentum coupled with technical analysis in order to find option and stock trading opportunities.
  • Use fundamental and technical analysis to determine the most probable outcome and direction of a security's share price.
  • Performed extensive technical analysis of historical prices, trading volume, price behavior, charts and technical indicators.
  • Implement knowledge of technical analysis, personal research, and economic releases to meet day-to-day trading opportunities.
  • Utilized strong technical analysis skills; developed trading models, as well as risk management strategies.
  • Perform technical analysis using candlestick signals, pattern recognition, trend lines, and indicators.
  • Combined technical analysis with market fundamentals to formulate both short and long term trade strategies.
  • Perform technical analysis with use of candle sticks, and various overlays and indicators.
  • Traded intraday futures and longer-term options using consistently profitable technical analysis method
  • Assisted market manager in analysis of spreads, strategy, and market trends - Utilized fundamental and technical analysis to trade options
  • Manage risk through market, fundamental, and technical analysis (e.g.

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9. Options Strategies

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Here's how Options Strategies is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Traded options on equities, commodities and stock indexes using various options strategies.
  • Led In-house advanced options strategies curriculum, hands-on fund management, and trader.
  • Educated clerking staff in various aspects of options strategies and underlying theories.
  • Specialized in quoting illiquid and hard to borrow assets, along with complex options strategies.
  • Forecasted price swings and built options strategies to take advantage of market moves.
  • Implement numerous options strategies on various underlying assets (i.e.

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10. Market Conditions

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Here's how Market Conditions is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Analyzed and reported market conditions by compiling key data and examining trends using proprietary software.
  • Created theoretical scenarios based on various market conditions to identify market risk.
  • Determined type of trade (limit or market) most suitable for security price and market conditions.
  • Adjust trading strategies and software based on market conditions in order to reduce risk and improve gains.
  • Research and evaluate macro and micro economic trends and market conditions to develop strategic trading plans.
  • Managed option pricing model and created price sheets to match trader positions and market conditions.
  • Adjusted trading strategies based on market conditions and built positive relationships with brokers and investors.
  • Formulated trading strategies through SEC filings, business news, and inefficiencies in market conditions.
  • Re-hedged options portfolio according to changes in market conditions for optimum risk reward.
  • Stock Options Floor Trader Traded and managed real-time risk, reacting to market conditions using pricing and risk assessment models.
  • Place Stock and option related trades Review weekly industry related reports regarding market conditions.
  • Forecasted SVAR under various stressed market conditions to note expected losses Managed Options Position Greeks with risk limits at expiration.

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11. Cboe

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Here's how Cboe is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Clerk at the Mercantile Exchange and the CBOE, consistently providing traders with the information necessary to provide liquidity.
  • Integrated into an existing trading pit on the CBOE, illustrating success in new, challenging work environments.
  • Provided liquidity for public customers and firms using CBOE Hybrid System.
  • Traded options on NYSE and CBOE
  • Aced 6-Month In-House Option-Courses & CBOE Options Exam.
  • Spearheaded business vendors, firm, CBOE, and clearing firm through setup of all aspects of market making business.

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12. CME

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Here's how CME is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Make markets electronically in CME commodity option markets.
  • Traded options profitably on screen markets and traded complex option spreads via telephone brokers at the CBOE and CME.
  • Pit Committee member; resolved disputes among pit members, provided CME with daily settlement prices for DM options.
  • Trade in the Corn Options Pit, CME/ Chicago Board of Trade Manage account using my own capital.
  • Execute over 300,000 option contracts annually in the CME Group corn options trading pit and on electronic platforms.
  • Conducted 5-Year and 10-Year Note Options trades within a fixed income group at the CME.
  • Traded both lean hog and live cattle futures and options at the CME.
  • Provided Bid/Offer markets on over 200 Calls/Puts in CBOT/CME Soybean Options Pit.
  • Served on CME Group special committee to reconfigure options settlement procedures.
  • Traded currency option markets on the CME trading floor.
  • Market maker on floor of CME.
  • Market maker in the corn options pit on the floor of the CBOT/CME.
  • Execute trades in the pit at the CME and electronically through Globex.
  • Gained strong sense of proficiency in CMEs.

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13. ETF

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Here's how ETF is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Prepared pricing models and analyzed the risk of the ETF business on a daily basis and for each individual trade.
  • Traded own account using US Equities, ETF s and Options (ongoing).
  • Managed $30,000 portfolio and execute daily active trading to gain profit through options, stocks, and ETFs.
  • Control portfolio risk via position sizing, stop loss strategies, stock/ETF diversification, and hedging.
  • Perform chart and technical analysis on stocks, ETFs, and commodities to execute options trades
  • Specialize in swing and position option trades on stocks/ETFs showing high probability setups.
  • Self-funded independent trader for equities, ETFs, and index options.
  • Experience trading in country ETFs and oil sector.
  • Ranked by Autex as one of the top 3 firms for total volume of ETFs traded.

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14. American Stock Exchange

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Here's how American Stock Exchange is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Worked on the floor of the American Stock Exchange trading options, or Gamma and Delta, of the underlying equities.
  • Complete knowledge of clearing process for NYSE and NASDAQ as well as options traded at American Stock Exchange.
  • Traded and managed option and stock trading on the floor of the American Stock Exchange as Market Maker.
  • Executed and delegated trades among brokers in trading pits of both the New York and American Stock Exchanges.
  • Helped firm achieve a competitive position as the #1 derivatives book on the American Stock Exchange.
  • Executed stock and option trades and conducted research to support floor traders on the American Stock Exchange.
  • Initiated volatility arbitrage trades while serving as an Option Principal Member of the American Stock Exchange.
  • Worked on the floor of the American Stock Exchange and New York Futures Exchange.
  • General Partner and Owner American Stock Exchange Trade index options, stock options, stocks
  • Registered Options Trader and American Stock Exchange Member.

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15. Options Market

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Here's how Options Market is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Managed and traded a profitable options market making portfolio while utilizing electronic, open-outcry, and solicitation based trades.
  • Developed and implemented options strategies based on personal research of options markets and components/variables of individual options.
  • Provided technical analysis of Options market to financial consultants.
  • Execute trading strategy based on scalping techniques, taking and making markets in the options market.
  • Specialized in trading delta neutral volatility strategies and speculative strategies in the CBOT grain options market.
  • Negotiated price, corrected errors, and cultivated business relationships with Options market makers.
  • Evaluate and select trading opportunities in currency exchange and currency exchange options markets.
  • Completed the intensive internal options market making training program.
  • Analyzed risks and opportunities of index options marketplace; formulated and implemented investment ideas that enhanced returns and mitigated risks.
  • Served as a market maker in the S&P 500 index options market at the Chicago Board of Trade.
  • Market Maker in Intel, Qualcomm, Ariba, Brocade, and other options markets.

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16. Market Makers

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Here's how Market Makers is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Established the single stock desk with market makers on and off the floor.
  • Developed and fostered long-term relationships with clients, brokers and market makers.
  • Established strong relationships with brokers and market makers.
  • Collaborated with broker/dealers and market makers on trade executions and trade related problems to ensure accuracy.
  • Managed stock execution via NYSE automated system, NASDAQ automated system (INSTINET), and live NASDAQ market makers.
  • Utilized a variety of ECN platforms and worked with in-house traders / market makers on all U.S. equity exchanges.

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17. Options Positions

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Here's how Options Positions is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Monitored commodities market to manage futures and options positions.
  • Analyze charts and or graphs of potential stocks in order to select profitable options positions.
  • Managed risk of all options positions for the Pioneer Options trading division.
  • Utilized sophisticated trading software to assist in trading decisions Managed millions of dollars in options positions using RediPlus trading software
  • Monitored, forecasted and evaluated options positions.

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18. SPX

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Here's how SPX is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Transitioned to SPX team in 2011.
  • Traded the ESP, SP, and SPX as a volatility package.
  • Market maker: S&P options Co-managed cross margin SPX risk on an account with 6 traders.
  • Self-employed Options Trader Traded SPX options and underlying stocks in market-making fashion
  • traded firm options positions in DOW, DIA, SPX, mini-NASDAQ with a short gamma/short vega bias
  • Partnered with trader in SPX at CBOE to successfully trade across exchanges.

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19. Nasdaq

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Here's how Nasdaq is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Executed NASDAQ listed equities and option trades with a focus on short-term profits.
  • Executed and managed risks for all trades relating to the Nasdaq 100, both options and futures.
  • Managed positions in several sector-index options as well as multiple equities on the Nasdaq OMX PHLX.
  • Represented the market-makers on the marketing, arbitration and admission committees of the Nasdaq/PHLX.
  • Set theoretical prices using MicroHedge for all products relating to the Nasdaq (NDX 100, MNX, QQQQ).
  • Day-traded stocks on the NASDAQ and NYSE, and achieved positive returns through an analysis of trends based on moving averages.

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20. Theta

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Here's how Theta is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Studied options, tested and applied Greeks; Delta, Gamma, Vega and Theta methodologies.
  • Accumulated positions in multiple names that had strike pinning properties at expiration to maximize theta collection.
  • Purchased and offered volatility and Theta amounts; gauged spread differential and time delay.
  • Risk management including hedging delta, vega, gamma/theta, skew and old crop/new crop spreads.
  • Hedged volatility and other option risk (delta, theta, vega, etc.)
  • Monitor delta, gamma, theta and vega of position to manage risk.
  • Analyzed greek-option data, specifically theta, gamma, and vega for puts and covered call portfolios.

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21. Market Research

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Here's how Market Research is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Performed independent market research of currencies and commodities through publicly accessible information as well as industry-insider contacts.
  • Developed trading strategies based on extensive market research and analysis.
  • Market research and company fundamental analysis with ratios and forecasting.
  • Provided market research and analysis to other traders in the firm regarding crude oil, natural gas and heating oil transactions.
  • Traded stocks for individual account, including business and market research and fundamental and technical analysis
  • Performed market research on various companies and industries as well as identified macroeconomic environment trends.

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22. Fundamental Analysis

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Here's how Fundamental Analysis is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Utilized technical and fundamental analysis to recognize trade opportunities and responsibly manage risk.
  • Performed Fundamental analysis of company financial statements for long positions.
  • Performed fundamental analysis for both natural gas and power markets.
  • Utilized technical and fundamental analysis to attain market opportunities.
  • Apply fundamental analysis to a wide variety of firms, mainly industry leaders.
  • Initiated short term investment decisions based on technical and fundamental analysis, geopolitical developments, news releases and respective sector strength.

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23. Globex

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Here's how Globex is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Utilized CQG Integrated Client to interface with GLOBEX electronic trading platform.
  • Developed several algorithmic trading strategies with automatic execution though Globex utilizing CGQ Trader platform.
  • Facilitated trading using both electronic (Globex) and open outcry in the trading pit.
  • Utilize Globex hand held trading system to execute trades for my personal account.
  • Market Maker for crude oil options (WTI) in multiple venues (NYMEX floor, Globex and OTC).
  • Make markets, executing trades within the trading pit and on Globex.

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24. Risk Exposure

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Here's how Risk Exposure is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Created and executed strategies for trading currency options and managing risk exposure across several European currency positions.
  • Formulated risk exposure and daily trading strategies using fundamental and technical market analysis.
  • Developed options volatility model used for hedging term and inter-currency risk exposure.
  • Managed firm risk exposure to retail, institutional and commodity hedging clients with customer segregated funds totaling $50MM.
  • Identified risk exposure to the company and clients by running audits of trading activity and monitoring client losses.
  • Managed 10 brokers and their risk exposure on a daily and monthly basis by preparing and analyzing reports.
  • Increased P/L and trading size on a quarterly basis while limiting risk exposure consistently for five quarters.
  • Report opening market risk exposures and explain daily P&L using risk attributes.
  • Reduce risk exposures by utilizing both e-mini options and S&P 500 options.
  • Worked with the risk management team to minimize risk exposure to partners' position.

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25. Eurodollar

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Here's how Eurodollar is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Established respect as a consistent market maker by trading the entire Eurodollar curve, including Treasuries and Fed Funds.
  • Started Consolidated Eurodollar group with 8 traders with $1MM group personnel capital.
  • Filled Eurodollar futures and options orders for a local options trader.
  • Traded short term yield curve using Eurodollar spread market.
  • Opened Eurodollar floor presence in 2010.
  • Executed Eurodollar futures and options on Chicago Mercantile Exchange Globex and EOS electronic trading platforms respectively.

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26. Risk Analysis

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Here's how Risk Analysis is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Calibrated and analyzed implied volatility surfaces in various energy markets; Performed daily P&L and risk analysis.
  • Developed a patented software package written in C++ for options risk analysis and bookkeeping.
  • Integrated positions and created risk analysis and reports for senior partners.
  • Performed Risk Analysis for options trading company.
  • Reported and conducted daily risk analysis of portfolio with partners of firm based on option Greeks, Skew and Kurtosis.
  • Maximized trading anomalies by conducting risk analysis and utilizing proprietary hedging models.

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27. Market Data

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Here's how Market Data is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Develop and strengthen the financial model, integrating market data and incorporating correlation and technical analysis.
  • Perform security analysis, research market data and investigate potential trades.
  • Run end of Day processes which will include using market data to update quotes, dividend curves, and volatility surfaces.
  • Run multiple scenarios before scheduled market data releases in order to act quickly to capitalize on futures moves.
  • Analyze Companies Financial Information, research and studied market data.
  • Utilize derivative and hedging instruments Evaluate market data and trends and identify market inefficiencies

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28. Position Risk

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Here's how Position Risk is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Monitored and controlled position risk using MicroHedge Risk Analysis software.
  • Managed position risk and analyzed margins.
  • Participated in management of the position risk involving volatility, delta, gamma and expiration risks with the head trader.
  • Managed Options Position Risk using the various Greeks: Vega, Gamma, Theta, Delta, & Rho.
  • Managed gamma and theta position risk through spreading.
  • Managed position risk through hedging strategies.
  • Review position risks and projected greeks based on various futures moves for setting overnight hedges.

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29. Nymex

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Here's how Nymex is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Traded Crude Oil at the NYMEX and started trading operation at the CBOT where I traded options on 10-year Notes.
  • Performed trade execution, allocation & reconciliation for an oil & gas and options portfolio on the NYMEX.
  • Handled and executed transactions of NYMEX/COMEX crude oil, natural gas, gold and product option contracts.
  • Assisted group of crude oil/natural gas options traders on NYMEX floor.
  • Traded Gold Options on the COMEX and Crude Oil at the NYMEX.
  • Traded Crude Oil Options at the NYMEX.

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30. Amex

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Here's how Amex is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Experience in trading index products listed on the AMEX !
  • Worked in team concept with traders at the CBOE and AMEX.
  • Traded options as a local on the floor of the AMEX Ran proprietary option volatility book
  • Developed short and long-term strategies to increase the firm's capital trading NYSE, OTC, and AMEX issues.
  • Managed approximately $2MM in cash/positions trading on NYSE, BIDS, ARCA, AMEX and INET exchanges.
  • Traded NASDAQ, NYSE and AMEX market equities using a variety of quantitative strategies and strict risk management.

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31. OWN Account

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Here's how OWN Account is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Traded proprietary derivative volatility strategies for own account.
  • Trade coffee options for my own account.
  • Trade for my own account only.
  • Traded own account utilizing technical and fundamental research.
  • Traded puts, calls and futures for my own account in the coffee market.
  • Traded wheat, corn, and soybean futures, spreads and options for my own account.

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32. Bloomberg

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Here's how Bloomberg is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Monitored and executed all trades using electronic platforms such as Bloomberg Terminal, TradeStation and ReuterPlus.
  • Make markets for all brokers in the pit, and on the screen using Bloomberg and squawk boxes.
  • Created Excel spreadsheets by pulling data from Bloomberg.
  • Leverage the firm's trading tools (GL Trade, Bloomberg and etc.)
  • Utilized new technology from Bloomberg indicating market changes and other relevant financial news.
  • Utilized Bloomberg trading platform to monitor/analyze real-time financial market data.

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33. Cbot

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Here's how Cbot is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Applied operational and trade knowledge and expanded market understanding as a futures broker for the Mid-America Commodity Exchange (CBOT).
  • Operated trade checking, option delta calculations, and back office position balancing with CBOT, excelling in a competitive environment.
  • Focused on market making on floor of CBOT in wheat options.
  • Corn option trader at the CBOT Devise trading, option, or hedge strategies
  • Worked with numerous financial companies and traders on the Financial Floor of the CBOT for over 20 years.
  • Traded CBOT financial spreads arbitraged Electronic and open outcry orders.

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34. FX

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Here's how FX is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Market making for Rates Option and FX option and related structured products in 7 major Asia currencies and currency crosses.
  • Established Consolidated in FX Pit with a team of two; Highest grossing FX Options trading team at Consolidated.
  • Manage the daily FX Option expiry process and end of day P&L process.
  • Recognized as a top market maker in the CME FX pit from 2009-2013.
  • Traded coffee, cocoa and Euro FX futures and options for own account.
  • Run own prop book with positions in Rates and FX.
  • Monitored FX Spot/Fwd & Option Open positions.
  • Traded DI/CDI futures/options, TIIE Swaps, Caps and Floors, Callable Swaps, MXN and BRL FX.
  • Recognized as top market maker in in the CME FX pit from 2013 to 2015.

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35. Options Portfolio

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Here's how Options Portfolio is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Created computer controlled trading systems with integrated risk management and capital allocation modules for complex futures and options portfolios.
  • Managed a proprietary currency options portfolio by trading volatilities and currency positions.
  • Managed a large options portfolio and balanced it properly in a risk versus reward fashion.
  • Managed potential risks to the options portfolio through expiration.
  • Provided pricing to customers and liquidity to the market while trading an interest rate options portfolio.
  • Managed [ ] VAR Nepool, WECC, and MISO options portfolio.

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36. OTC

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Here's how OTC is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Provided liquidity via market making in over 80 securities listed on the OTC and Pink Sheet
  • Coordinated floor trading, OTC trading and trading options and futures on electronic platform.
  • Marketed physical ethanol through customer relationships and OTC broker markets.
  • Developed proprietary equities arbitrage algorithms spanning both listed and OTC markets.
  • Defined and implemented Susquehanna's OTC basket trading capabilities.
  • Traded listed and OTC securities utilizing proprietary software, floor brokers and various dealers, for regular way and shortened settlement.

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37. Market Information

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Here's how Market Information is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Evaluate and combine daily market information to provide a volatility report and daily price indications.
  • Relayed market information to traders.
  • Presented conclusion of examination of technical and local market information to firm management; planned and executed trade exit strategy.
  • Introduce new investment ideas based on a fundamental and technical approach while providing portfolio managers with all current market information.
  • Maintained a competitive edge in uncovering global market information to facilitate effective trading decisions.
  • Liaised with domestic/foreign brokers and research departments to provide timely market information to clients.

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38. VIX

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Here's how VIX is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Monitored bid and offer spread for options and volatility index (VIX).
  • Worked as part of a group executing VIX calendar spread algorithms Evaluated and tested new software.
  • Helped develop VIX future trading strategies to help further hedge option positions.
  • Helped develop and model pricing determinations in VIX product.

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39. Risk Parameters

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Here's how Risk Parameters is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Risk and compliance supervisor for trading desk-reviewed and signed off on trades that exceeded risk parameters for each individual trader.
  • Participated and discussed both trading strategies and risk parameters with trading staff.
  • Achieved consistent positive returns and produced multi-million dollar annual trading profits in Treasury Ten Year Note options utilizing conservative risk parameters.
  • Maintained margin requirements and risk parameters, resulting in minimal capital usage.
  • Created trading strategies designed for maximum profit within defined risk parameters.
  • Experience with risk management and financial/operational controls, including setting risk parameters and trade strategies.

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40. Currency Options

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Here's how Currency Options is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Traded currency options via Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Philadelphia Commodities Exchange for arbitrage purposes.
  • Managed foreign currency options back-office operations.
  • Market maker for Pound Sterling currency options in the inter-bank and corporate client markets.
  • Advised a worldwide clientele in the timely execution of foreign currency options strategies.
  • Promoted to currency options dealer.
  • Traded Treasury Bonds, S&P 500, and currency options.

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41. ROI

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Here's how ROI is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Negotiated purchases and sales; consistently delivered beneficial ROI's.
  • Generated a positive ROI over the past four years.
  • Generated ROI of 100% p.a.
  • Detailed research on companies from all sectors, IPOs, and commodities to increase ROI.
  • Manage options trading to ensure a positive ROI within a volatile market.

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42. Commodity Futures

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Here's how Commodity Futures is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Implemented trading strategies that were used to execute trades based on commodity futures, FOREX, equities, options and bonds.
  • Trade a variety of investment vehicles including commodity futures, FOREX, equities, options and bonds.
  • Job Description: Trading Stocks, Bonds, Commodity Futures and Options contracts for various trading accounts.
  • Executed option--hedging transactions in the commodity futures market.
  • Developed automated and discretionary trading systems for currency, commodity futures, and equities markets.
  • Monitored world markets and followed financial news and developments, focusing on commodity futures.

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43. Maximize Profits

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Here's how Maximize Profits is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Worked with programmers to revise/update strategy and maximize profits.
  • Managed the risk and sensitivity of the portfolio by building hedging strategies and trading models to maximize profits and limit loses.
  • Engage in rapid decision making to maximize profits while minimizing losses.
  • Analyze information that instructs clients when to buy and sell their stock to maximize profits.
  • Developed own strategy to maximize profits and limit losses.
  • Evaluate buy/sell ideas and execute trades to maximize profits.

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44. Position Management

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Here's how Position Management is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Developed mock trading curriculum to assist junior traders in learning fundamentals of options trading and position management.
  • Controlled all position management and trades for the group during night/morning shifts.

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45. Historical Data

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Here's how Historical Data is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Innovated trading ideas through use of market/economic indicator research, technical numbers, historical data and VIX.
  • Operated ten years' worth of historical data in SQL and worked with developers to write code.
  • Analyzed historical data and conducted research in order to generate new and profitable trade ideas.
  • Analyze market price, historical data, charts, USDA and Supply/Demand reports, and weather forecasts to determine market opportunities.
  • Import historical data from Bloomberg into proprietary database, forecast price levels, present recommendation to team.
  • Imported option historical data into HDFS using Sqoop.Developed Map reduce programs to parse raw data and populate tables.

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46. Macd

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Here's how Macd is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Incorporated enterprise valuation, DCF modeling, balance volume, stochastics, and MACD.

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47. Personal Accounts

low Demand
Here's how Personal Accounts is used in Options Trader jobs:
  • Stock equity/futures trader for my personal accounts
  • Managed leveraged capital in personal accounts.
  • Traded on behalf of the firm's principals in their personal accounts.
  • Trade equities on personal accounts and manage clients accounts
  • Stock index futures and options trader for institutional, house and personal accounts.
  • Registered dual trader, executing orders on behalf of customers and personal accounts.

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20 Most Common Skill for an Options Trader

Equity14.3%
Option Trader10.8%
Order Flow9.2%
Risk Management7.6%
Financial Markets7%
Stock Options6.7%
P/L6.2%
Technical Analysis4.1%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For An Options Trader

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Equity
Equity
10.9%
10.9%
2
2
Option Trader
Option Trader
8.2%
8.2%
3
3
Order Flow
Order Flow
7%
7%
4
4
Risk Management
Risk Management
5.8%
5.8%
5
5
Financial Markets
Financial Markets
5.3%
5.3%
6
6
Stock Options
Stock Options
5.1%
5.1%
7
7
P/L
P/L
4.7%
4.7%
8
8
Technical Analysis
Technical Analysis
3.1%
3.1%
9
9
Options Strategies
Options Strategies
3.1%
3.1%
10
10
Market Conditions
Market Conditions
2.9%
2.9%
11
11
Cboe
Cboe
2.8%
2.8%
12
12
CME
CME
2.6%
2.6%
13
13
ETF
ETF
2.2%
2.2%
14
14
American Stock Exchange
American Stock Exchange
2.1%
2.1%
15
15
Options Market
Options Market
2.1%
2.1%
16
16
Market Makers
Market Makers
1.8%
1.8%
17
17
Options Positions
Options Positions
1.8%
1.8%
18
18
SPX
SPX
1.5%
1.5%
19
19
Nasdaq
Nasdaq
1.4%
1.4%
20
20
Theta
Theta
1.4%
1.4%
21
21
Market Research
Market Research
1.4%
1.4%
22
22
Fundamental Analysis
Fundamental Analysis
1.2%
1.2%
23
23
Globex
Globex
1.2%
1.2%
24
24
Risk Exposure
Risk Exposure
1.2%
1.2%
25
25
Eurodollar
Eurodollar
1.1%
1.1%
26
26
Risk Analysis
Risk Analysis
1.1%
1.1%
27
27
Market Data
Market Data
1%
1%
28
28
Position Risk
Position Risk
1%
1%
29
29
Nymex
Nymex
1%
1%
30
30
Amex
Amex
0.9%
0.9%
31
31
OWN Account
OWN Account
0.9%
0.9%
32
32
Bloomberg
Bloomberg
0.9%
0.9%
33
33
Cbot
Cbot
0.9%
0.9%
34
34
FX
FX
0.8%
0.8%
35
35
Options Portfolio
Options Portfolio
0.8%
0.8%
36
36
OTC
OTC
0.7%
0.7%
37
37
Market Information
Market Information
0.7%
0.7%
38
38
VIX
VIX
0.7%
0.7%
39
39
Risk Parameters
Risk Parameters
0.7%
0.7%
40
40
Currency Options
Currency Options
0.7%
0.7%
41
41
ROI
ROI
0.6%
0.6%
42
42
Commodity Futures
Commodity Futures
0.6%
0.6%
43
43
Maximize Profits
Maximize Profits
0.6%
0.6%
44
44
Position Management
Position Management
0.6%
0.6%
45
45
Historical Data
Historical Data
0.6%
0.6%
46
46
Macd
Macd
0.5%
0.5%
47
47
Personal Accounts
Personal Accounts
0.5%
0.5%

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