Cboe Global Markets

Mini-Russell 2000℠ Index Options

The Cboe Mini-Russell 2000 Index option contract, known by its symbol MRUT, is an index option product designed to track the underlying Russell 2000 Index. At 1/10 the size of the standard Russell 2000 options contract, MRUT provides greater flexibility and precision for small cap U.S. equity trading strategies, and for new index options traders or traders managing an individual portfolio.

Benefits of Mini-Russell 2000 Index Options

Cash Settled & European Exercise
Account credited/debited in cash, not ETF shares and no risk of early assignment.
60/40 Tax Treatment
Capital gains may benefit from 60/40 tax treatment*
Mini Contract
Mini-Russell 2000 is 1/10th the size of the standard contract.
Covered Margin Treatment
Receive covered margin treatment on IWM ETF holdings**

A Better Way to Trade the U.S. Small Cap Market

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

Trading Mini-Russell 2000 Index Options

Mini-Russell 2000 Index options will trade on Cboe's Hybrid Trading System, which provides investors with the combined advantages of electronic trading and an open-outcry market on a single platform.

Comparison of Russell 2000 Index Options Products

Description Mini-Russell 2000 Options Russell 2000 Index Options - Traditional Russell 2000 Index Options - Weeklys and End of Month iShares Russell 2000 ETF
Options Chain MRUT RUT RUT IWM
Root Ticker Symbol MRUT RUT RUTW IWM
AM or PM Settlement PM-settled AM-settled PM-settled PM-settled
Exercise Style European European European American
Settlement Type Cash Cash Cash Physical Shares of ETF

Russell 2000 Volatility Index℠ vs. Volatility Index®

The Cboe Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) 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®.

*Under section 1256 of the Tax Code, profit and loss on transactions in certain exchange-traded options, including Mini-Russell 2000, 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.

** Cboe Regulatory Circular RG15-183 notes that Cboe rules allow a short position in a cash-settled-index option established and carried in a margin account to receive covered margin treatment if the short option position is offset in the same account by an equivalent or greater position in an index-tracking ETF that is based on the same index that underlies the short option(s) and provided the investor's brokerage firm has such policies in place.