Advantages of Weekly and End-of-Month Equity Index Options

Advantages of Weekly and End-of-Month Equity Index Options

Through its CME exchange, CME Group delivers trading and hedging efficiencies through a comprehensive suite of E-mini S&P 500 and S&P 500 futures and options on futures. Trading shorter-term options has become popular among market participants. These short-term contracts offer several advantages while complementing traditional serial and quarterly options, and versatility for use in pursuing a variety of trading strategies . Learn more about these flexible trading tools.

Shorter-term Expirations
This suite of options on E-mini S&P 500 and S&P 500 futures includes up to 5 distinct option expiration dates each month

  • Three weekly options (weeks 1, 2 and 4) with a Friday expiration
  • A quarterly or serial option (week 3), with a Friday expiration
  • An EOM option that expires on the last business day of the month

European and American-Style Options

  • EOM and weekly options on E-mini S&P 500 and S&P 500 futures are European-style options, restricting the option buyer’s exercise rights to the expiration day
  • Cycle month & serial month options on E-mini S&P 500 and S&P 500 futures are American-style

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Futures & Options Trading

As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group is where the world comes to manage risk. CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate. CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through the CME Globex electronic trading platform and trading facilities in New York and Chicago. CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the largest central counterparty clearing services in the world, which provides clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for over-the-counter derivatives transactions through CME ClearPort.

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