The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. Options on the index, which go by Cboe ticker RUT, provide opportunities for increasing yields and managing risks efficiently.

Benefits of RUT Options

  • Large Contract Size10X the notional value of comparable ETF options

    Cash SettledTrading account is credited/debited in cash, not ETF shares

  • European ExerciseNo risk of early assignment

    60/40 Tax TreatmentCapital gains may benefit from 60/40 tax treatment*

Historical Performance for the Russell 2000 vs S&P 500®

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Trading RUT and RUTW

Cboe offers options on the Russell 2000 Index with standard and weekly expirations. RUT Weeklys options (RUTW) expire at the end of the day each Friday, while standard options expire on the third Friday of each month. Weekly options may be listed with expirations of up to six consecutive weeks.

Trading hours for Russell 2000 Index options are 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time). On the last trading day, expiring RUT weekly options will trade until 4:00 p.m. and non-expiring RUT weekly options will continue to trade until 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Comparison of Russell 2000 Index Products

Description Russell 2000 Index Options - Traditional Russell 2000 Index Options - Weeklys and End of Months iShares® Russell 2000 Index Fund (IWM) Options
Options Chain RUT RUT IWM
Root Ticker Symbol RUT RUTW IWM
AM or PM Settlement AM-settled PM-settled PM-settled
Approximate Notional Size $140,000 $140,000 $14,000
Exercise Style European European American
Settlement Type Cash Cash Physical Shares of ETF

Cboe Russell 2000 Volatility Index℠ vs. Cboe Volatility Index®

The Cboe Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVXSM) is a key measure of market expectations of near-term small cap equity market volatility conveyed by Russell 2000 stock index option prices. When comparing volatility levels between the Cboe Volatility Index® (VIX® index) and RVX, the RVX typically trades at a higher level than VIX®.

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Russell 2000 Index Options Agency Brokers

In order to assist institutional market participants that wish to source liquidity in Russell 2000® Index options products (tickers RUT & RUTW), listed on Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe), a list of agency brokers supporting institutional orders in RUT & RUTW is being provided in consideration for obtaining competitive markets.

This list is not an endorsement of the firms listed, and no significance should be attached to a firm's inclusion or omission. In connection with compiling this list, Cboe has not investigated the background or disciplinary history of any of the firms or their associated individuals listed or whether or not they have any required registration status necessary to perform these functions.

This list may not be exhaustive as it only includes those firms that have requested to be included on the list. Any agency brokers that would like to be included in or removed from this list should complete the Trading Permit Holder Consent Form.

List of agency brokers:

Lakeshore Securities LP                        X-Change Financial Access LLC
Matthew Filpovich                                     William Ellington
[email protected]        [email protected]
(312) 341-1200                                         (312) 580-8772


*Under section 1256 of the Tax Code, profit and loss on transactions in certain exchange-traded options, including RUT, are entitled to be taxed at a rate equal to 60% long-term and 40% short-term capital gain or loss, provided that the investor involved and the strategy employed satisfy the criteria of the Tax Code. Investors should consult with their tax advisors to determine how the profit and loss on any particular option strategy will be taxed. Tax laws and regulations change from time to time and may be subject to varying interpretations.