US Listed Options Primer

An option is a contract to buy or sell an underlying asset or security at a specified price on or before a given date. While institutional investors have long been users of options – and growth continues in this segment – we have seen a growing usage of options strategies by individual investors to leverage their positions with less capital and bolster portfolio returns. In this primer from SIFMA Insights, we provide a fundamental overview of U.S. listed options, including:

  • Mapping Options Strategies
  • Drivers of Market Volumes
  • Evolution of the Market Landscape
  • Classes of Options
  • Fun Facts on Options
  • The History of U.S. Options Exchange and Market Events

Source: Options Clearing Corporation, SIFMA estimates (as of August 2018)

SIFMA Insights Primers

The primer series from SIFMA Insights goes beyond a typical 101-level brief, breaking down important technical and regulatory nuances to foster a fundamental understanding of the marketplace and set the scene to address complex issues arising in today’s markets.

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SIFMA Insights

Katie Kolchin, CFA
Senior Industry Analyst


Ellen Greene
Managing Director