Benefits of Trading XSP Weeklys

Cash Settlement & European Exercise
Trading account credited/debited in cash, no delivery of unwanted shares or market exposure. European style is only exercised at expiration, eliminating risk of early assignment
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Certainty of Settlement, No Contra-Exercise Risk
Cash settled European style options exercise at expiration, unlike American style, which may be exercised OTM after market close — eliminating potential economic and tax risk for writers
Mini Contract
Greater flexibility with smaller contracts.
$4500 SPX = $450 XSP
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Global Trading Hours
Unlike ETF options, XSP options trade extended hours from 8:15 p.m. to 9:15 a.m. ET. View Global Trading Hours****
Pay Less Time Premium
The shorter the time to expiration, the smaller the time premium
60/40 Tax Treatment
Capital gains may benefit from 60/40 tax treatment*
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Covered Margin Treatment
Offset SPY or IVV ETF exposure on a "covered" basis in a margin account**
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Targeted Exposure
Add greater precision to target specific market events like elections and corporate earnings reports

Advantages of XSP versus ETF Options in Fast Moving Markets

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S&P 500 (SPX®) and Mini-SPX (XSP) Index Options

Trading XSP

XSP options 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 S&P 500® Option Products

XSP (Mini-SPX®) Index Options SPX® Index Options SPX Weekly and End of Month Nanos S&P 500 Index Options SPDR® S&P 500® ETF Options
AM or PM Settlement PM AM PM PM PM
Settlement Date*** Mon., Tue., Wed., Th., Fri., 3rd Fri. and Last Trading Day of Month 3rd Friday Mon., Tue., Wed., Th., Fri., 3rd Fri. and Last Trading Day of Month Mon., Wed., Fri. Mon., Wed., Fri., 3rd Fri. and Last Trading Day of Month
Approximate Notional Size (If S&P 500 Index is 4,500) $45,000 $450,000 $450,000 $450 $45,000
Settlement Type Cash Cash Cash Cash Physical Shares of ETF
Exercise Style European European European European American
Global Trading Hours Available**** Yes Yes Yes No No
Tax Treatment* May benefit from 60% long term, 40% short-term capital gains May benefit from 60% long term, 40% short-term capital gains May benefit from 60% long term, 40% short-term capital gains May benefit from 60% long term, 40% short-term capital gains Standard

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

*** In the case of a holiday on the settlement date, the settlement date is moved back one business day (e.g. from Friday to Thursday), with the exception of Monday Weeklys, where the settlement date will move forward one business day (i.e. Monday to Tuesday). In addition, no SPX or XSP EOW, Monday Weeklys, Tuesday Weeklys, Wednesday Weeklys or Thursday Weeklys will be listed that would have an expiration date that coincides with the expiration date of a traditional SPX or XSP option, or SPX or XSP EOM option.

**** Global Trading Hours (GTH) The trading hours for options on the SPX, SPXW (SPX Weeklys and SPX End-of-Month), and XSP (Mini-SPX) begin at 8:15 p.m. Eastern time and end at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time. Please visit the Global Trading Hours page for more details.