Need experts on futures vs options

Reporter: Jeff Brown

Publication: U.S. News & World Report


Deadline: Apr 25, 2017 12:00 pm

I’m looking for financial advisors, options and futures experts, and academics for a primer comparing options and futures. While I know the basic features of each, I’d like comments on which is best for what type of bet. When would one use an option rather than a futures contract, and vice versa? Are they best used as pure bets, or as hedges against loss in a more standard portfolio of funds and ETFs? Also, what type of investor is most suited for each? Which investors should stay away from both types? Do you find that clients want to play with these contracts? Or are most resistant? What misconceptions to you encounter most often? Requirements: I prefer responses by email containing usable content and quotes, the source’s contact info, full name, title, firm and location.

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