ASX Begins Listing of Weekly Expiring ETOs

Published at Oct 20, 2016, in Features

Following large success in the United States and Europe (according to the ASX), the ASX is now offering exchange traded options (ETOs) with weekly expiry dates writes Sam Green, Advisor at Options Educator, TradersCircle.

To quote the ASX:

Weekly ETOs offer expiry dates that occur each week of each month, giving investors the ability to implement more targeted buying, selling and spreading strategies. This reduces the risk of an entire portfolio of ETOs expiring on a single day each month. Specifically, Weekly ETOs may help investors to more efficiently take advantage of major market events, such as earnings, ABS statistic releases and Reserve Bank announcements.

The weekly expiring options will initially be provided on the XJO, ANZ, BHP, CBA, FMG, NAB and TLS, with further underlying companies likely to be made available if these current weekly options are successful.

As the ASX alluded to, these more frequent expiries will likely help when trading particular events and news items; and they may also help when trading certain credit spreads or calendar spreads.

For example, you may decide to conduct a calendar bull call, rather than a regular bull call. A calendar Bull Call uses differing expiry dates with the bought call having an expiry later than the sold call.

The idea is that you can let the sold calls expire worthless, and then sell another call that shares the same or earlier expiry than your bought call. If you can do this several times, the additional credits received reduce the cost of your trade.

With weekly options, a trader can take a shorter-term view, with multiple opportunities to sell weekly calls against their longer term bought.

More information on the weekly options can be found here.

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