A Trading Tutorial That Unravels The Futures

Interested in playing the high-stakes futures markets? It's a complex, high-risk arena, but Mantic Software Corp. of Fort Collins, Colo., may have what you need to get started. Its $130 Options Laboratory is a program designed to run with Windows software and teach you the basics of options trading. It uses interactive, graphical presentations of two classic pricing models--Black-Scholes and binomial--to demonstrate theory in action. You can use prepackaged data or plug in actual market numbers and see how your trades work out. Animations show how different strategies tend to work out over time.

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