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Warrants Basics – Selecting A Warrant
Education | 07 June 2011
By: jason.liew
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By Macquarie Capital Securities (Singapore) Pte. Limited

When choosing a warrant, we suggest that investors may want to take the following steps into their consideration:

Take a view on the underlying share or index
To choose a warrant you should first look at the nature and performance of the underlying shares. This will assist in enabling you to make an informed decision about the anticipated movement of the stock. You should also set a target price for the stock, as that will help in your decision of which warrant to choose.

Your selection will be further narrowed by the time frame of your view. Generally you may try to select a warrant that matches the intended time frame for your trade. Shorter dated warrants will generally provide more gearing, but these warrants will tend to decay at a faster rate. Usually, longer dated warrants tend to be less risky but will require a greater outlay and are generally less responsive to price changes.

Effective gearing
Next you may look for a warrant with an appropriate effective gearing level. The two things to consider are the strength of your view and your appetite for risk. The higher the effective gearing, the greater your exposure and the higher your returns or losses will generally be.

Implied volatility
Lastly, you should examine closely the warrant’s Implied Volatility. You should consider it against other similar warrants and against the historical volatility of the underlying share. Generally speaking, the higher the Implied Volatility the higher the relative price of the warrant, holding all other factors constant.

In addition to the four steps above, it is important to note that every warrant issuer has a designated market maker that is responsible for providing liquidity for the warrant. It is important that you choose a warrant issuer that you are confident will provide you with a fair price and sufficient liquidity for you to enter and exit your trades.

Warrant Basics
1. What Are Warrants?
2. Why Trade Warrants?
3. Selecting A Warrant
4. Pricing Variables


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The information contained in this article is obtained from sources believed to be reliable and accurate as at the date of publication. Opinions, estimates and other information contained herein may be changed or withdrawn without notice. Any prices and quotes published in this article are purely indicative and for information purposes only. Indicative prices and quotes shown in this article may vary significantly from indicative prices or quotes available from other sources.

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Prior to buying or selling a warrant, investors should receive appropriate training on warrants characteristics from their broker, from the Singapore Exchange or from one of the issuers. is not a broker-dealer. is not affiliated with MCSSPL or their affiliates and does not pay or receive any fee for the reproduction of this article. Investors should exercise judgment and perform adequate due-diligence prior to making any investment.

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