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Trade Options on Futures with NinjaTrader Option Chain

Options on futures trading with the NinjaTrader platform is now available! Included in the latest release of NinjaTrader 8, the Option Chain window provides an interface to view, select and trade options on futures.

How Do I Get the NinjaTrader Option Chain?

Existing users can upgrade to the latest version of NinjaTrader here and new users can get started here. Please note, options on futures access is only available through NinjaTrader Brokerage-enabled accounts with a NinjaTrader Continuum connection.

What is an Option Chain?

An option chain is a common interface for trading options and lists all available options for the selected underlying futures contract, both calls and puts. Also known as an option matrix, it displays price information for the underlying futures contract as well as all call prices, put prices, strike prices, and expiry information for each option offered.

Intro to NinjaTrader Option Chain

Below is a NinjaTrader Option Chain window with E-mini S&P 500 (ES) futures selected as the underlying futures instrument.

option chain options on futures

At the top of the Option Chain window is the quote display. Here you will find quotes for the selected underlying futures contract. Below the quote display is the option chain itself, which shows available options for the futures contract, the dates that the options will expire and how many days until expiration.

Once an option is expanded using the arrows to the right, you can see strike prices in the center column, call quotes on the left and put quotes on the right.

The horizontal red line delineates In the Money (ITM) prices for both calls and puts as indicated with an arrow pointing down for calls and up for puts. The last traded price is designated with a small red marker.

Properties Menu

Various settings and preferences can be defined for the Options Chain window including:

  • Number of strike prices
  • Ascending or descending order
  • Ascending or descending order
  • Color distribution for Volume column

Types of Options Available

The type of options expiries available will vary depending on the selected underlying futures market. Available expiration types are weekly, monthly and interweekly options and the filter button can be used to sort out unwanted expiries.

Ready to Start Trading Options on Futures?

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