WHY LEARN HOW TO TRADE OPTIONS?

There are many different reasons to start trading options, many different trading strategies and classes you might consider, and many instructors to choose from. Our approach to teaching and our goals are different from others.
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SHORT DESCRIPTION OF OPTION MASTER CLASS

Options are one of the most common trading instruments among professional traders and money managers. Most professional CTA's (Commodity Trading Advisors) are using options strategies to manage their client's portfolios, yet retail traders shy away from this exited instrument.

There is a certain bias towards options and the vast majority of individual traders think that Options are too difficult to understand, that they require too much initial capital to trade and that Options are "too risky".

I can tell you with confidence that options, if taught properly, are much easier to master than most people think, it is easy to trade if you have a proper trading plan, you can trade options with a deposit of as little as $3,000 but of course you would be limited to certain strategies. Trading options can reduce your risks compared to futures, and finally trading options can greatly lower your stress and tension that is very common among traders with open futures position.

Our Options Master Class is different from similar courses. We designed this course specifically for retail traders from the standpoint of risk-profit analysis of every available trading strategy. We do not teach you simple mechanics of options trading and don't give you an academic knowledge of options. We teach you real-life trading strategies in real life market conditions with real-life risk and potential profit assessment for each strategy. You can decide on your own, based on your initial objective, risk tolerance and trading account initial equity size what strategies are appropriate for you.

IMPORTANT: You do not need to have any prior knowledge of trading options other than basic knowledge of futures trading and some technical analysis. We found it easier to teach you new skills and form new trading habits, than re-learn to old one. We built our course on the method of complexity. If you understand the risk and reward of simple Futures position than we can teach you how to trade Options.

QST Charts

We start our course with the simple explanation of Futures Contract and Long or Short Futures position. What is the risk of trading Futures? What is the margin requirement for trading Futures? When do you enter Long or Short futures position, where would be your STOP will be and where would be you PROFIT target?

Why do you start Options Trading Course with discussions of Futures, you might ask? it is very simple. If you know your risk while trading certain signals in futures, you will be able to create options strategy to lower it to the acceptiable levels based on the technical knowledge and your personal accepted risk based on your equity. Once you understand that, it will be easier for you to understand options, since Options on Futures are derivetives of Futures Contracts.

From that point on, we will learn just two things - BUY Put / Call Option and SELL Put / Call Option. We will learn market conditions when to BUY and when to SELL option, what is the risk associated with buying and selling options, what is the margin requirement for buying and selling options, what is maximum profit of long and short option, what is the difference between ITM, ATM, and OTM option, what are the options Greeks and how to use them, what is "What If" scenario and how to use Options Calculator? 

If you understand all the risks and benefits of simple Long or Short Options it will be very easy for you to understand Options Strategies, that is nothing more than a simple combination of Long and Short Options that act as one strategy.

We will learn the following trading strategies in our Master Course.

→ Long Synthetic Futures
→ Short Synthetic Futures
→ Long Synthetic Futures with Split Strike
→ Short Synthetic Futures with Split Strike
→ Long Bull Call Spread
→ Long Bear Put Spread
→ Long Butterfly
→ Short Butterfly
→ Long Iron Butterfly
→ Short Iron Butterfly
→ Long Straddle
→ Short Straddle
→ Long Strangle
→ Short Strangle
→ Ratio Call Spread
→ Ratio Put Spread
→ Call Credit Spread
→ Put Credit Spread
→ Candor Spread
→ Iron Condor Spread
→ Box/Conversion Strategy
→ Long Futures Long Call
→ Long Futures Long Put
→ Short Futures Long Put
→ Short Futures Long Call



When studying every strategy, we will be discussing the following key points for each strategy:

1. What is the market condition for that strategy?
2. What is the expected volatility?
3. What are the maximum risk and expected profit for this strategy?
4. What is margin requirements for this strategy?

When we finish with the options strategies, we will learn how to apply this knowledge to real life trading. We will teach you our proprietary market analyses system used to determine market direction. This is one of the strategies that we teach in our Futures Trading Prop Master Course.

This system is based on market analyses of daily and weekly charts to generate BUY and SELL signals with a high degree of certainty. We are using 5 indicators that work in tandem to point out the probability of market direction the following day. Entry signals generated when 5 or at least 4 out of 5 signals point to the same market direction. Signals generated at the end of a trading session. Once you have BUY or SELL signal, you would also know at what price level this signal will be canceled. Based on that information, you can calculate the maximum risk for that signal. If that risk is higher than your maximum allowed risk per trade, you would have several other options to consider.

We will teach you how to use options and options strategies based on real-life market signals and pre-set maximum risk per trade. We will show you how to pick appropriate market for that signal based on the contract expiration, how to pick appropriate strike price for your option or options strategy, how to enter position or strategy, how to manage this position and how to liquidate it when objectives are achieved.

IMPORTANT: For individuals, we can modify this course and spend more time teaching you strategies that are appropriate for your individual needs, your risk tolerance, and objectives.


TRADING TERMINAL

Any knowledge not tied to the practice will be useless, so we conduct all our training courses using one of the best professional trading terminals for trading futures, options, and spreads, an official analytical platform for CME Group - QST Charts.

TIME AND PLACE OF TRAINING

Individual courses are held at any time convenient for you immediately after payment. We will contact you within 24 hours after payment to arrange the schedule for training. We have evening and weekend times available for individual training.

The duration of the course is six weeks. We will have eight classes during this time. Each session last approximately three hours. After each session, you will have time to practice your new knowledge in a real market condition in the demo before the new lesson. After completion of the theory, you will have 3-4 weeks of practice in live market conditions. We will meet at the end of the week to discuss your trades and answer any questions you might have.

Each lesson is recorded and video is stored on our servers. You will have access to these video recordings for six months after completing your training.

If after completion of our training, you think that you are not ready to trade live by yourself, you can repeat this course for free. Just let us know upon completion that you want to participate in the group session again and we will notify you when the next group class will take place.

You do not have to open an account with ITG Futures to take this class, but we hope that you will be satisfied with our service and will become our client.

If you have any question regarding this course, please contact us before making a purchase.

WHAT MARKETS CAN I TRADE?

ALL futueres markets have very liquid Options. In addition to regular calendar options, many markets have weekly options with Wednesday and Friday expiration, End of the Months Options and othe types. The mechanics of Options trading is similar in futures and equities, and you can create similar strategies trading stocks options, where instead of 1 futures cotract you will use block of 100 equitiy stocks.  
Agriculture markets

Agriculture markets

The largest segment of the futures market. In this segment, you can find futures on Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Oats, Rice, Live Cattle, Feeder Cattle, Lean Hogs as well as Coffe, Sugar, Cocoa, and Orange Juice.
Energy markets

Energy markets

Energy markets are very with day traders. Trade Crude oil, Natural Gas, Gasoline, Heating Oil, and Electricity. E-mini contracts are available for many energy futures.
Equity Index markets

Equity Index markets

Equity Index markets are the most popular markets for day-trading and scalping. This segment includes futures on US equity stock indices such as the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ 100.
Currency markets

Currency markets

Foreign exchange (FX) market is the largest regulated currency markets in the world. You can trade more than 30 contracts including Euro, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, and Dollar Index.
Interest rate markets

Interest rate markets

Interest rate markets are the most liquid and heavily traded futures markets. You can trade futures and on Eurodollars, U.S. Treasury Bonds, 30-day Fed funds and interest rate swaps.
Metals markets

Metals markets

Metals market includes futures on precious and industrial metals. You can trade futures on Gold, Silver, Platinum, and paladium—as well as industrial metals like Copper. There Mini and Micro Gold Futures also available for trading and hedging.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN TRADING COURSE?

Our intensive Options Master Class will be held during 6 weeks, via ZOOM platform, which not only allows all participant to held vide-conference, but also give you an ability to show your own screen if you need an assistance with you trading terminal. 
  • 8 lessons 2-3 hours each
  • 45 days access to Dorman QST
  • CQG market connection
  • FREE repeat classes
  • FREE help after the course
  • FREE video recording
Trader's Desk

Who will be teaching this course?

All our courses are taught by Val Baur, founder and CEO of ITG Capital Management LLC, managing director of ITG FUTURES, license broker and Commodity Trading Advisor with 20+ years of experience.

Professional Background

Val Baur started his financial career as a runner for the LaSalle Futures Group located in the Chicago Board of Trade. After training, they sponsored him for Series 3 NFA Brokers Exams, which he passed in 2004 and became a licensed commodity broker. While working at LaSalle Futures, Val became friends with Bill Adams, head trader, and financial analyst, with numerous appearances on Bloomberg, CNBC, Morning Call, and other financial news outlets.
 
Val Baur
Val Baur/Founder and CEO ITG Capital Management LLC/
Val Baur
Val Baur/Founder and CEO ITG Capital Management LLC/
Director of development at ITG Futures, Commodity Trading Advisor ar ITG Capital Management 2004 - Registration with NFA 2004-2005 - LaSalle Futures Group 2005-2008 - JKV Global 2006-2008 - Olympus Futures / RCG 2008 - 2018 - ITG Direct 2012 - 2022 - ITG Capital Management LLC 2019 - 2022 - ITG Futures 2023 - present - FIB Stage V Trading Inc

After Bill Adams was recruited to big brokerage company JKV Global as Chief Financial Officer, he offered Val a position as a head of Retail Division, which he accepted. At JKV Global, Val was responsible for preparing new candidates for registration exam and was overseeing more than 20 brokers working under him in this division. After awhile, Bill Adams moved to Switzerland to join his wife and head the trading desk at major Swiss Hedge Fund. Val Baur, moved to another position at Olympus Futures, which was a retail brokerage division of one of the largest and oldest Future Commission Merchant (FCM) - RCG - located in the CME exchange building.

At Olympus Futures, Val was working as a head option strategist, designing option strategies for all POA managed accounts at the firm. At start of financial crisis of 2008, the futures industry along with other financial institutions, took a major hit, and in January 2008, Val moved to Kyiv, Ukraine where he established brokerage company ITG DIRECT, clearing through Dorman Trading LLC. The company run for 10 years, with Dorman Trading until 2012, and with Phillip Capital until 2018.

In 2012, Val Baur established a Commodity Trading Advisor firm, ITG Capital Management LLC, and re-registered with NFA. For over 10 years, Val was teaching his proprietary master classes to hundreds upon hundreds traders. He developed his own proprietary system in Futures, Options and Futures Spreads.

In 2014, at the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine, first in Crimea and than in Eastern Ukraine where Val is originally from, he moved back to Chicago where he continued to work as a CTA, while his brokerage company in Ukraine was run by his wife. Due to financial sanctions imposed on Russian Federation and occupied territories of Ukraine, Val folded his brokerage company ITG DIRECT in 2018.

In 2019, Val moved from Chicago to Miami, re-registered with NFA as principal of Brokerage Firm, and established ITG FUTURES, which was a guaranteed futures broker with Ironbeam clearing firm. Val worked as the Managing Director of ITG FUTURES for several years, but due to personal issues, withdrew his registration with NFA in january 2022. He took a year off, developing and building various trading algorithm using market algorithm, including ITG Strategy 2.3. In 2023, he joined forces with IIB Stage V Trading as an FIB, working with all traders from around the world located outside United States.

For more than 20 years of registration with NFA, Val Baur and ITG Capital Management LLC were never fined and sanctioned by the NFA. His personal registration history and the history of ITG Capital Management LLC is freely available for review on the official NFA website through the search engine BASIC.
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HOW DO YOU TEACH ONLINE CLASSES?

All our Master Classes conducted online via ZOOM, the most popular video conferencing platform in the United States, used by such companies as NASDAQ, Walmart, Rakuten, New York Times, Major League Baseball and even Google.
  • JOIN IN VIA SIMPLE LINK
  • NO SOFTWARE TO INSTAL
  • JOIN VIA ANY BROWSER
  • WATCH ON YOUR TELEPHONE
  • VOICE AND VIDEO CONNECTION
  • VIEW VIDEO RECORDING
  • SHOW YOUR SCREEN IF NEEDED
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HOW CAN I SIGN UP FOR YOUR COURSES AND WHAT IS THE COST?

We offering several types of classes - individual one on one training, small group training, and video courses with live support. All courses are the same, with only difference being the start and the cost. Most popular are the group classes, which start at the beginning of the month with minimum of 5 participants. Individual courses start at the agreed upon time and date, soon after payment is received. The length and overall schedule of the individual training are the same in our group classes. Video courses will start soon after you sign up. You will have access to our video archive of the last group/individual class for the duration of the class - which is eight weeks.

INDIVIDUAL

$995

  • 8 lessons 2-3 hours each
  • 45 days Dorman QST ($500.00)
  • CQG market connection ($75.00)
  • FREE repeat classes ($695.00)
  • FREE help after the course
  • VIDEO recording of the course
  • Start whenever you choose
  • Payment in USD | EUR or your currency

VIDEO

$695

  • 8 lessons 2-3 hours each
  • 45 days Dorman QST ($500.00)
  • CQG market connection ($75.00)
  • FREE repeat classes ($695.00)
  • FREE help after the course
  • VIDEO recording of the course
  • After payment received
  • Payment in USD | EUR or your currency

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Find answer to the frequently asked questions about our Master Classes, payment option, account opening, live trading, after-course support. 
What other classes you teach?

Our most popular course if Futures Trading Master Class. For more advanced traders we are offering master classes in Futures Options Trading and Futures Spreads Master Class.

What types of payments you accept?
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At what time your classes start?
What computer do I need to participate?
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Do you offer any discounts?
Do you teach in different languages?
Can Russians take your Master Class?

Contact Us if you have any questions.

HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS, SOME OF WHICH ARE DESCRIBED BELOW. NO REPRESENTATION IS BEING MADE THAT ANY ACCOUNT WILL OR IS LIKELY TO ACHIEVE PROFITS OR LOSSES SIMILAR TO THOSE SHOWN. NO GUARANTEES ARE MADE THAT ANY INDIVIDUAL WILL ACHIEVE PROFITS USING TRADING SYSTEMS AND STRATEGIES TAUGHT IN THIS TRADING COURSE. IN FACT, THERE ARE FREQUENTLY SHARP DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND THE ACTUAL RESULTS SUBSEQUENTLY ACHIEVED BY ANY PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM.

ONE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS IS THAT THEY ARE GENERALLY PREPARED WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT. IN ADDITION, HYPOTHETICAL TRADING DOES NOT INVOLVE FINANCIAL RISK, AND NO HYPOTHETICAL TRADING RECORD CAN COMPLETELY ACCOUNT FOR THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL RISK IN ACTUAL TRADING. FOR EXAMPLE, THE ABILITY TO WITHSTAND LOSSES OR TO ADHERE TO A PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM IN SPITE OF TRADING LOSSES ARE MATERIAL POINTS WHICH CAN ALSO ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER FACTORS RELATED TO THE MARKETS IN GENERAL OR TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY SPECIFIC TRADING PROGRAM WHICH CANNOT BE FULLY ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE PREPARATION OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND ALL OF WHICH CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS.

TRADING DISCLOSURE

Trading Futures and Options on Futures involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition, circumstances, and industry knowledge. You may lose all or more of your initial investment. Opinions, market data, and recommendations are subject to change at any time. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. ITG Futures is an FIB of Stage 5 Trading Corp. who is a member of NFA and is subject to NFA's regulatory oversight and examinations. However, you should be aware that NFA does not have regulatory oversight authority over underlying or spot virtual currency products or transactions or virtual currency exchanges, custodians or markets.

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