The NYSE American Options market blends customer priority and size pro-rata allocation with the benefit of an open outcry trading floor in New York to offer traders deep liquidity across listed option contracts. NYSE American is part of a dual market structure that combines access to American and Arca options through a single integrated technology platform.

Membership Process

BECOME A NYSE AMERICAN OPTIONS MEMBER

STEP 1: QUALIFY

Membership is available to registered and new U.S. based broker-dealers who obtain a Self Regulatory Organization (SRO) and have an established connection to a clearing firm. Individual investors are not eligible.

STEP 2: FILL OUT RELEVANT, MARKET-SPECIFIC FORMS

To expedite the process, please email forms and applications directly to Client Relationship Services at crs@nyse.com.

STEP 3: CONNECT

Once you have submitted the Membership Application and Agreements, you can begin the connectivity process right away. Firms can connect to our markets directly or through a Service Bureau in a number of different ways. Review our Connectivity page and contact us to explore your options.


How to Join

Broker Dealers interested in obtaining NYSE American Options Membership must complete the ATP Application and Master User Agreement in order to trade on the NYSE American Options trading platform.

Trading rights are granted through American Trading Permits (ATPs). These permits entitle holders of ATPs to trade options on the options trading facilities of the Exchange, including the electronic platform and the physical trading floor. The NYSE American platform provides for five types of Market Participants: Specialist, Floor Market Makers, Remote Market Maker, Agency Floor Brokers, and Order Flow Providers.

The application and all supporting documentation should be sent via email to Client Relationship Services at crs@nyse.com. Please ensure all attachments are clearly labeled.

For questions regarding the application, supporting documentation, or process, please feel free to contact Client Relationship Services using the "Contact Us" button below.


NYSE American Options Forms

Master User Agreement
ATP Application
Specialist/e-Specialist Application
ATP Request Form
Floor Employee Request Form
Registered Trader and Nominee Application
Market Maker Letter of Guarantee
Floor Broker Letter of Authorization
Designated GiveUp Request Form
Market Maker Termination Form
Market Maker Letter of Guarantee Revocation
Floor Broker Termination Form
Floor Broker Letter of Authorization Revocation
ATP Order Sending and Clearing Firm Termination Form


Individual Investors

At this time, retail investors do not have direct access to NYSE American Options. If you are a retail investor, please contact your brokerage firm to inquire whether it routes orders to NYSE American Options. You can gain entry to NYSE American Options through a direct-access brokerage firm.


Membership Types

Specialist

A Specialist is an assigned floor-based market maker who provides two-sided quotes on the NYSE American Options market. Specialists receive a guaranteed participation right if quoting at the National Best Bid and Offer (NBBO), subject to customer order priority. They are also required to provide continuous two-sided quotes 90% of the time the NYSE American Options market is open for trading. Only one Specialist may be identified for each underlying product.

Floor Market Maker

A Floor Market Maker (FMM) has certain obligations. Each FMM can choose the number of issues they want to trade, restricted only by the number of ATPs they purchase. In addition, FMMs must select a Trading Zone on the Floor as part of their Primary Appointment. Trades affected by open outcry in the appointed Trading Zone are included in calculating the Primary Trading requirement. FMMs need to provide continuous two-sided quotes in their selected electronic primary appointment issues 60% of the time the NYSE American Options market is open for trading.

Remote Market Maker

A Remote Market Maker (RMM) is an ATP Holder registered with NYSE American Options to make transactions from a location off the trading floor. RMM transactions that are executed through NYSE American Options facilities are deemed to be Market Maker transactions. Like FMMs, RMMs have a 60% quoting obligation.

Agency Floor Broker

An Agency Floor Broker (AFB) represents orders on the trading floor. The AFB must report all orders to the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA) within the guidelines established by NYSE American Options.

Order Flow Providers

An Order Flow Provider is any ATP member or member organization that acts as an agent to submit orders to NYSE American Options.

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