How to trade with warrants | Futures Magazine

April 1, 2010 By Dudley Pierce Baker Editors Note: This is a re-visit of an old, yet timeless, article on stock warrants. Nothing has changed with warrants and the opportunities are endless as we now have warrants trading in all industries and sectors including resources, marijuana/cannabis, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, etc., some with expiration dates of 5 years or more. My contact info which was on Futures Magazine in the original article has changed, but otherwise, all is correct. Read the entire article on Futures Magazine or below: Many traders are familiar with call options and have spent many years and study hours learning strategies to employ them in the markets. Warrants, however, are still a little known and little-understood investment vehicle, even after 80 years of availability. In 1949, Sidney Fried wrote “The Speculative Merits of Common Stock Warrants.” In it, he captures the profit potential of these instruments. He states: “Common stock warrants turn in the most spectacular performance of any group of securities…. The speculative potentialities of common stock warrants are enormous…. With potential profits and potential losses so great it is a source of wonder that so little understanding of the nature of common stock warrants exists not only among the investing public who might be forgiven this sin, but even among the many professionals of the business upon whom the public depends for information and guidance.” Sidney Fried’s observation in 1949 remains relevant today. Most investors and analysts do not take the time to understand the potential … Continue reading

Definition Of A Stock Warrant

Several years ago in New York at a Hard Assets Investment Conference, a newsletter writer with over 30 years in the business, asked me, “Dudley, what is a stock warrant?” After regaining my composure, I responded just like I am addressing you, by defining a warrant and why you should be interested. By definition, a warrant is a security, issued by a company, giving the holder the right, but not the obligation, to acquire the underlying shares, at a specific price and expiring on a specific date in the future. This definition is very similar to stock options or LEAPS, (Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities) except that warrants are actually issued by a company, whereas options and LEAPS are created/written by investors. Warrants are traditionally issued in connection with a company’s private placement or equity offering as additional incentive to get the deal done. Warrants are mostly a matter of common sense and arithmetic, so let’s not make this complicated. Stock warrants can be issued by companies for as little as 1 year or for 5 years or more. Obviously, the longer the term of the warrant (time until expiration) the better your chances of great success. However, just because a stock warrant has a 5 year life does not mean that you must hold the warrant for 5 years. With trading warrants you can buy the warrants one day and sell them the next day. Exercising a warrant should never be one of your considerations, as it makes no sense … Continue reading