Q: What are SPX options?
A: SPX options are options contracts that are based on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500 Index), a widely recognized benchmark of the U.S. stock market’s overall performance. These options allow traders to speculate on the future movement of the S&P 500 Index.
Q: Why are SPX options not executing on certain dates?
A: SPX options may not be accessible for trading on specific dates due to the unique characteristics of monthly expiration dates. On the third Friday of every month, there is a monthly expiration date for options contracts, including SPX options. During this expiration date, there are certain limitations and restrictions applied to trading SPX options on different trading platforms.
Q: Are there any alternative options available for trading SPX options on monthly expiration dates?
A: Yes, while SPX options may not be available for trading on Web Trader on monthly expiration dates, traders can still access daily SPX options on the Sterling Trader Pro platform during these dates. Daily SPX options have the same underlying asset but a different expiration date, making them a viable alternative for traders on monthly expiration dates.
Q: Why are there limitations on SPX options trading during monthly expiration dates?
A: Limitations on SPX options trading during monthly expiration dates are put in place to ensure smooth market operations and to manage risk effectively. Monthly expiration dates tend to be periods of increased volatility and heightened market activity due to the settlement and expiration of numerous options contracts. To maintain a stable and orderly market environment, certain restrictions are enforced to prevent excessive risks and potential disruptions.
Q: Can I still trade SPX options on other dates besides monthly expiration dates?
A: Yes, outside of monthly expiration dates, traders can access and trade SPX options on both Web Trader and Sterling Trader Pro platforms without any limitations. SPX options are available for trading on most regular trading days, allowing traders to take advantage of opportunities throughout the month.