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Make investments or hedge risks with options

The option contract, or simply option, gives the buyer the right, but not an obligation, to buy ("call" options) or sell ("put" options) an asset on or before a specified date at a specified price ("strike price"). The option seller (writer), in turn, assumes the obligation to buy ("put" options) or sell ("call" options) the specified asset at a specified price within a specified time period. When buying an option, the customer pays a premium and a fee for the execution of the transaction, the amount of which depends on the option exchange where the option is traded and on the number of option contracts traded (for over-the-counter option transactions, the fee is normally agreed on a case by case basis).

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the advantages of using options?

  • What type of investors may use options?

  • What types of options are there?

  • How can one make a profit by using options?

  • What risks do options entail?

  • What are the conditions of options?

  • What do I need in order to be able to trade options?

  • What are the underlying assets of options?

  • How to give orders for trading options?


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Further information about futures contracts is provided in the Guide for Transactions in Financial Instruments, available on - "Protection of investor interests".