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and will not, rely solely on this communication in making trading decisions.
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The risk of loss in trading futures and/or options is substantial
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by simulated historical tests of strategies, is not indicative of future results. Trading advice is based on information taken
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that the advice we give will result in profitable trades.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT FOR FUTURES
This statement is furnished to you because Rule 1.55 of the Commodity Futures
Trading Commission requires it.
The risk of loss in trading commodity futures contracts can be substantial. You should, therefore,
carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances and financial resources. You should
be aware of the following points:
1. You may sustain a total loss of the funds that you deposit with your broker to establish or maintain
a position in the commodity futures market, and you may incur losses beyond these amounts. If the market moves against your
position, you may be called upon by your broker to deposit a substantial amount of additional margins funds, on short notice,
in order to maintain your position. If you do not provide the required funds within the time required by your broker, your
position may be liquidated at a loss, and you will be liable for any resulting deficit in your account.
2. Under certain market
conditions, you may find it difficult or impossible to liquidate a position. This can occur, for example, when the market
reaches a daily price fluctuation limit ("limit move").
3. Placing contingent orders, such as "stop-loss"
or "stop-limit" orders, will not necessarily limit your losses to the intended amounts, since the market conditions
on the exchange where the order is placed may make it impossible to execute such orders.
4. All futures positions
involve risk, and a "spread" position may not be less risky than an outright "long" or "short"
5. The high degree of leverage (gearing) that is often obtainable in futures trading because of the small margin requirements
can work against you as well as for you. Leverage (gearing) can lead to large losses as well as gains.
6. You should consult
your broker concerning the nature of the protections available to safeguard funds or property deposited for your account.
ALL OF THE POINTS NOTED
ABOVE APPLY TO ALL FUTURES TRADING WHETHER FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC. IN ADDITION, IF YOU ARE CONTEMPLATING TRADING FOREIGN FUTURES
OR OPTIONS CONTRACTS, YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RISKS:
7. Foreign futures transactions involve executing
and clearing trades on a foreign exchange. This is the case even if the foreign exchange is formally "linked" to
a domestic exchange, whereby a trade executed on one exchange liquidates or establishes a position on the other exchange.
No domestic organization regulates the activities of a foreign exchange, including the execution, delivery, and clearing of
transactions on such an exchange, and no domestic regulator has the power to compel enforcement of the rules of the foreign
exchange or the laws of the foreign country. Moreover, such laws or regulations will vary depending on the foreign country
in which the transaction occurs. For these reasons, customers who trade on foreign exchanges may not be afforded certain of
the protections which apply to domestic transactions, including the right to use domestic alternative dispute resolution procedures.
In particular, funds received from customers to margin foreign futures transactions may not be provided the same protections
as funds received to margin futures transactions on domestic exchanges. Before you trade, you should familiarize yourself
with the foreign rules which will apply to your particular transaction.
8. Finally, you should be aware that the price
of any foreign futures or option contract and, therefore, the potential profit and loss results there from, may be affected
by any fluctuation in the foreign exchange rate between the time the order is placed and the foreign futures contract is liquidated
or the foreign option contract is liquidated or exercised.
THIS BRIEF STATEMENT CANNOT, OF COURSE, DISCLOSE ALL THE RISKS
AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE COMMODITY MARKETS.
RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT FOR OPTIONS
This statement is furnished to you because
Rule 33.7 of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requires it.
BECAUSE OF THE VOLATILE NATURE OF THE COMMODITIES
MARKETS, THE PURCHASE AND GRANTING OF COMMODITY OPTIONS INVOLVE A HIGH DEGREE OF RISK. COMMODITY OPTION TRANSACTIONS ARE NOT
SUITABLE FOR MANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. SUCH TRANSACTIONS SHOULD BE ENTERED INTO ONLY BY PERSONS WHO HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD
THIS DISCLOSURE STATEMENT AND WHO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS AND OF THE RISKS INVOLVED
IN THE OPTION TRANSACTIONS COVERED BY THIS DISCLOSURE STATEMENT.
BOTH THE PURCHASER AND THE GRANTOR SHOULD KNOW WHETHER THE
PARTICULAR OPTION IN WHICH THEY CONTEMPLATE TRADING IS AN OPTION WHICH, IF EXERCISED, RESULTS IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FUTURES
CONTRACT (AN "OPTION ON A FUTURES CONTRACT") OR RESULTS IN THE MAKING OR TAKING OF DELIVERY OF THE ACTUAL COMMODITY
UNDERYLING THE OPTION (AN "OPTION ON A PHYSICAL COMMODITY"). BOTH THE PURCHASER AND THE GRANTOR OF AN OPTION ON
A PHYSICAL COMMODITY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT, IN CERTAIN CASES, THE DELIVERY OF THE ACTUAL COMMODITY UNDERLYING THE OPTION MAY
NOT BE REQUIRED AND THAT, IF THE OPTION IS EXERCISED, THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE PURCHASER AND GRANTOR WILL BE SETTLED IN CASH.
BOTH THE PURCHASER AND
THE GRANTOR SHOULD KNOW WHETHER THE PARTICULAR OPTION IN WHICH THEY CONTEMPLATE TRADING IS SUBECT TO A "STOCK-STYLE"
OR "FUTURES-STYLE" SYSTEM OF MARGINING. UNDER A STOCK-STYLE MARGINING SYSTEM, A PURCHASER IS REQUIRED TO PAY THE
FULL PURCHASE PRICE OF THE OPTION AT THE INITIATION OF THE TRANSACTION. THE PURCHASER HAS NO FURTHER OBLIGATION ON THE OPTION
POSITION. UNDER A FUTURES-STYLE MARGINING SYSTEM, THE PURCHASER DEPOSITS INITIAL MARGIN AND MAY BE REQUIRED TO DEPOSIT ADDITIONAL
MARGIN IF THE MARKET MOVES AGAINST THE OPTION POSITION. THE PURCHASER'S TOTAL SETTLEMENT VARIATION MARGIN OBLIGATION OVER
THE LIFE OF THE OPTION, HOWEVER, WILL NOT EXCEED THE ORIGINAL OPTION PREMIUM. IF THE PURCHASER OR GRANTOR DOES NOT UNDERSTAND
HOW OPTIONS ARE MARGINED UNDER A STOCK-STYLE OF FUTURES-STYLE MARGINING SYSTEM, HE OR SHE SHOULD REQUEST AN EXPLANATION FROM
THE FUTURES COMMISSION MERCHANT ("FCM") OR INTRODUCING BROKER ("IB").
A PERSON SHOULD NOT PURCHASE
ANY COMMODITY OPTION UNLESS HE OR SHE IS ABLE TO SUSTAIN A TOTAL LOSS OF THE PREMIUM AND TRANSACTION COSTS OF PURCHASING THE
OPTION. A PERSON SHOULD NOT GRANT ANY COMMODITY OPTION UNLESS HE OR SHE IS ABLE TO MEET ADDITIONAL CALLS FOR MARGIN WHEN THE
MARKET MOVES AGAINST HIS OR HER POSITION AND, IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, TO SUSTAIN A VERY LARGE FINANCIAL LOSS.
A PERSON WHO PURCHASES
AN OPTION SUBJECT TO STOCK-STYLE MARGINING SHOULD BE AWARE THAT, IN ORDER TO REALIZE ANY VALUE FROM THE OPTION, IT WILL BE
NECESSARY EITHER TO OFFSET THE OPTION POSITION OR TO EXERCISE THE OPTION. OPTIONS SUBJECT TO FUTURES-STYLE MARGINING ARE MARKED
TO MARKET, AND GAINS AND LOSSES ARE PAID AND COLLECTED DAILY. IF AN OPTION PURCHASER DOES NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO OFFSET OR
EXERCISE AN OPTION, THE PURCHASER SHOULD REQUEST AN EXPLANATION FROM THE FCM OR IB. CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT IN A NUMBER
OF CIRCUMSTANCES, SOME OF WHICH WILL BE DESCRIBED IN THIS DISCLOSURE STATEMENT, IT MAY BE DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO OFFSET
AN EXISTING OPTION POSITION ON AN EXCHANGE.
THE GRANTOR OF AN OPTION SHOULD BE AWARE THAT, IN MOST CASES, A COMMODITY
OPTION MAY BE EXERCISED AT ANY TIME FROM THE TIME IT IS GRANTED UNTIL IT EXPIRES. THE PURCHASER OF AN OPTION SHOULD BE AWARE
THAT SOME OPTION CONTRACTS MAY PROVIDE ONLY A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME FOR EXERCISE OF THE OPTION.
THE PURCHASER OF A PUT
OR CALL SUBJECT TO STOCK-STYLE OR FUTURES-STYLE MARGINING IS SUBJECT TO THE RISK OF LOSING THE ENTIRE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE
OPTION-THAT IS, THE PREMIUM CHARGED FOR THE OPTION PLUS ALL TRANSACTION COSTS.
THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION REQUIRES
THAT ALL CUSTOMERS RECEIVE AND ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF A COPY OF THIS DISCLOSURE STATEMENT BUT DOES NOT INTEND THIS STATEMENT
AS A RECOMMENDATION OR ENDORSEMENT OF EXCHANGE-TRADED COMMODITY OPTIONS.
1. Some of the risks of option trading.
Specific market movements
of the underlying future or underlying physical commodity cannot be predicted accurately.
The grantor of a call
option who does not have a long position in the underlying futures contract or underlying physical commodity is subject to
risk of loss should the price of the underlying futures contract or underlying physical commodity be higher than the strike
price upon exercise or expiration of the option by an amount greater than the premium received from granting the call option.
The grantor of a call
option who has a long position in the underlying futures contract or underlying physical commodity is subject
full risk of a decline in price of the underlying position reduced by the premium received for granting the call. In exchange
for the premium received for granting a call option, the option grantor gives up all of the potential gain resulting from
in the price of the underlying futures contract or underlying physical commodity above the option strike
price upon exercise or expiration of the option.
The grantor of a put option who does not have a short position in the underlying
futures contract or underlying physical commodity
(e.g., commitment to sell the physical) is subject to risk of loss
should the price of the underlying futures contract or underlying
physical commodity decrease below the strike price
upon exercise or expiration of the option by an amount in excess of the
premium received for granting the put option.
The grantor of a put
option on a futures contract who has a short position in the underlying futures contract is subject to the full risk of a
rise in the price of the underlying position reduced by the premium received for granting the put. In exchange for the premium
received for granting a put option on a futures contract, the option grantor gives up all of the potential gain resulting
from a decrease in the price of the underlying futures contract below the option strike price upon exercise or expiration
of the option.
The grantor of a put option on a physical commodity who has a short position (e.g., commitment to
sell the physical) is subject to the full risk of rise in the price of the physical commodity which must be obtained to fulfill
the commitment reduced by the premium received for granting the put. In exchange for the premium, the grantor of a put option
on a physical commodity gives up all the potential gain which would have resulted from a decrease in the price of the commodity
below the option strike price upon exercise or expiration of the option.
2. Description of commodity options.
Prior to entering into
any transaction involving a commodity option, an individual should thoroughly understand the nature and type of option involved
and the underlying futures contract or physical commodity. The futures commission merchant or introducing broker is required
to provide, and the individual contemplating an option transaction should obtain:
(i) An identification of the
futures contract or physical commodity underlying the option and which may be purchased or sold upon exercise of the option
or, if applicable, whether exercise of the option will be settled in cash;
(ii) The procedure for exercise of the
option contract, including the expiration date and latest time on that date for exercise. (The latest time on an expiration
date when an option may be exercised may vary; therefore, option market participants should ascertain from their futures commission
merchant or their introducing broker the latest time the firm accepts exercise instructions with respect to a particular option.);
(iii) A description of the purchase price of the option including the premium, commissions, costs, fees and other
(Since commissions and other charges may vary widely among futures commission merchants and among introducing
brokers, option customers may find it advisable to consult more than one firm when opening an option account.);
A description of all costs in addition to the purchase price which may be incurred if the commodity option is exercised, including
the amount of commissions (whether termed sales commissions or otherwise), storage, interest, and all similar fees and charges
which may be incurred;
(v) An explanation and understanding of the option margining system;
(vi) A clear explanation
and understanding of any clauses in the option contract and of any items included in the option contract explicitly or by
reference which might affect the customer's obligations under the contract. This would include any policy of the futures commission
merchant or the introducing broker or rule of the exchange on which the option is traded that might affect the customer's
ability to fulfill the option contract or to offset the option position in a closing purchase or closing sale transaction
(for example, due to unforeseen circumstances that require suspension or termination of trading); and
applicable, a description of the effect upon the value of the option position that could result from limit moves in the underlying
3. The mechanics of option trading.
Before entering into any exchange-traded option transaction,
an individual should obtain a description of how commodity options are traded.
Option customers should clearly understand
that there is no guarantee that option positions may be offset by either a closing purchase or closing sale transaction on
an exchange. In this circumstance, option grantors could be subject to the full risk of their positions until the option position
expires, and the purchaser of a profitable option might have to exercise the option to realize a
For an option on a futures
contract, an individual should clearly understand the relationship between exchange rules governing option transactions and
exchange rules governing the underlying futures contract. For example, an individual should understand what action, if any,
the exchange will take in the option market if trading in the underlying futures market is restricted or the futures prices
have made a "limit move".
The individual should understand that the option may not be subject to daily price fluctuation limits
while the underlying futures may have such limits, and, as a result, normal pricing relationships between options and the
underlying future may not exist when
the future is trading at its price limit. Also, underlying futures positions resulting
from exercise of options may not be capable of
being offset if the underlying future is at a price limit.
4. Margin requirements.
An individual should
know and understand whether the option he or she is contemplating trading is subject to a stock-style or futures-style system
of margining. Stock-style margining requires the purchaser to pay the full option premium at the time of purchase. The purchaser
has no further financial obligations, and the risk of loss is limited to the purchase price and transaction costs. Futures-style
margining requires the purchaser to pay initial margin only at the time of purchase. The option position is marked to market,
and gains and losses are collected and paid daily. The purchaser's risk of loss is limited to the initial option
and transaction costs.
An individual granting options under either a stock-style or futures-style system of margining should
understand that he or she may be required to pay additional margin in the case of adverse market movements.
5. Profit potential of
an option position.
An option customer should carefully calculate the price which the underlying futures contract or
underlying physical commodity would have to reach for the option position to become profitable. Under a stock-style margining
system, this price would include the amount by which the underlying futures contract or underlying physical commodity would
have to rise above or fall below the strike price to cover the sum of the premium and all other costs incurred in entering
into and exercising or closing (offsetting) the commodity option position. Under a future-style margining system, option positions
would be marked to market, and gains and losses would be paid and collected daily, and an option position would become profitable
once the variation margin collected exceeded the cost of entering the contract position.
Also, an option customer
should be aware of the risk that the futures price prevailing at the opening of the next trading day may be substantially
different from the futures price which prevailed when the option was exercised. Similarly, for options on physicals that are
cash settled, the physicals price prevailing at the time the option is exercised may differ substantially from the cash settlement
price that is determined at a later time. Thus, if a customer does not cover the position against the possibility of underlying
commodity price change, the realized price upon option exercise may differ substantially from that which existed at the time
6. Deep-out-of-the-money options.
A person contemplating purchasing a deep-out-of-the-money
option (that is, an option with a strike price significantly above, in the case of a call, or significantly below, in the
case of a put, the current price of the underlying futures contract or underlying physical commodity) should be aware that
the chance of such an option becoming profitable is ordinarily remote.
On the other hand, a potential grantor of a
deep-out-of-the-money option should be aware that such options normally provide small premiums while exposing the grantor
to all of the potential losses described in section (1) of this disclosure statement.
7. Glossary of terms.
(i) Contract market -
Any board of trade (exchange) located in the United States which has been designated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
to list a futures contract or commodity option for trading.
(ii) Exchange-traded option; put option; call option - The
options discussed in this disclosure statement are limited to those which may be traded on a contract market. These options
(subject to certain exceptions) give an option purchaser the right to buy in the case of a call option, or to sell in the
case of a put option, a futures contract or the physical commodity underlying the option at the stated strike price prior
to the expiration date of the option. Each exchange-traded option is distinguished by the underlying futures contract or underlying
physical commodity, strike price, expiration date, and whether the option is a put or call.
(iii) Underlying futures
contract - The futures contract which may be purchased or sold upon the exercise of an option on a futures contract.
(iv) Underlying physical
commodity - The commodity of a specific grade (quality) and quantity which may be purchased or sold upon the exercise of an
option on a physical commodity.
(v) Class of options - A put or call covering the same underlying futures contract or underlying
(vi) Series of options - Options of the same class having the same strike price and expiration date.
(vii) Exercise price
- See strike price.
(viii) Expiration date - The last day when an option may be exercised.
(ix) Premium - The amount
agreed upon between the purchaser and seller for the purchase or sale of a commodity option.
(x) Strike price - The
price at which a person may purchase or sell the underlying futures contract or underlying physical commodity upon exercise
of a commodity option. This term has the same meaning as the term "exercise price".
(xi) Short option position
- See opening sale transaction.
(xii) Long option position - See opening purchase transaction.
(xiii) Types of options transactions
A. Opening purchase transaction
- A transaction in which an individual purchases an option and thereby obtains along option position.
B. Opening sale transaction
- A transaction in which an individual grants an option and thereby obtains a short option position.
C. Closing purchase transaction
- A transaction in which an individual with a short option position liquidates the position. This is accomplished by a closing
purchase transaction for an option of the same series as the option previously granted. Such a transaction may be referred
to as an offset transaction.
D. Closing sale transaction - A transaction in which an individual with a long option position liquidates
the position. This is accomplished by a closing sale transaction for an option of the same series as the option previously
purchased. Such a transaction may be referred to as an offset transaction.
(xiv) Purchase price - The total actual cost
paid or to be paid, directly or indirectly, by a person to acquire a commodity option. This price includes all commissions
and other fees, in addition to the option premium.
(xv) Grantor, writer, seller - An individual who sells an option. Such a
person is said to have a short position.
(xvi) Purchaser - An individual who buys an option. Such a person is said
to have a long position.
ATTENTION NON-U.S. RESIDENTS
The services provided by Van Commodities, Inc. may not be available in all jurisdictions. It is possible
that the country in which you are a resident prohibits us from opening and maintaining an account for you. If in doubt, please
contact one of our commodity account representative.