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CBOE Products: Index Options & Equity Options

Index Options

CBOE currently trades cash-settled index options on approximately 40 different indexes. Index options allow investors to make investment decisions on a specific market industry or on the market as a whole.

Just as stock options are defined as contracts that give the buyer the right to buy or sell a stock at a stated price for a limited period of time, cash-settled index options give buyers similar rights. However, the underlying asset covered by index options is not shares in a company, but rather, an underlying dollar value equal to the index level multiplied by $100.

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