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In Europe if you want to do trading as a consumer you have cheap access to call and put options, they're called "warrants". They're leveraged and thus more risky than their underlying stock since you're much more likely to loose all your position.

My employer BNP Paribas markets warrants on various Brent futures, currently September 2007 to June 2008, many strikes/call/put. There are also gold, silver, housing indexes, indexes, stocks, etc...

It's curious because in the USA these products are not marketed at all, cultural thing?

Disclaimer: my wage comes in part from those warrants sales, and I personally own a few Brent warrants.

by Laurent GUERBY on Fri Aug 10th, 2007 at 02:00:06 PM EST
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