Options on Exchange-Traded Funds
Units of an exchange-traded fund, subject to eligibility criteria set by the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC).
Underlying issues must meet stringent eligibility requirements, including sufficient liquidity and market capitalisation.
One contract represents 100 units of an exchange-traded fund (may be adjusted for stock splits, distributions, etc.).
At a minimum, the nearest three expiries plus the next two expiries in the designated quarterly cycle: March, June, September, December. Annual expiry of March for long term options.
Minimum fluctuation of the option premium
- Options priced below C$0.10 = C$0.01
- Options priced at C$0.10 or more = C$0.05
For more information on penny trading, refer to circular 021-16.
At a minimum, five strike prices bracketing the current underlying issue's market price.
Last trading day
The third Friday of the contract month, provided it is a business day. If it is not a business day, trading will cease on the first preceding business day.
The last trading day of the contract month.
Position reporting threshold
500 contracts on the same side of the market, in all contract months combined.
Information on position limits can be obtained from the Bourse as they are subject to periodic changes. See Circulars.
A trading halt will be invoked in conjunction with the triggering of "circuit breakers" on the underlying issues.
Via the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC).
Via the CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc., on the third business day following the exercise date.
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The regular session opens at 9:30 a.m. Each option class will then open for trading when a trade occurs on its underlying issue on a recognised Canadian exchange. If no such trade has yet occurred, the option class will open for trading at 9:35 a.m.
Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC).
The information contained in this document is for information purposes only and shall not be construed as legally binding. This document is a summary of the product's specifications which are set forth in the Rules of Bourse de Montréal Inc. (“Rules of the Bourse”). While Bourse de Montréal Inc. endeavors to keep this document up to date, it does not guarantee that it is complete or accurate. In the event of discrepancies between the information contained in this document and the Rules of the Bourse, the latter shall prevail. The Rules of the Bourse must be consulted in all cases concerning products' specifications.