Equity options, which are the most common type of equity derivative, give an investor the right but not the obligation to buy a call or sell a put at a set strike price prior to the contract’s expiry date. Brokers and traders can access options listed on NYSE American and NYSE Arca through a single technology platform that offers a dual options market structure. By combining both markets, investors benefit from NYSE American’s pro-rata, customer priority model that encourages deep liquidity and NYSE Arca’s price-time priority model that provides enhanced throughput and encourages market makers to offer the best possible price.
Index options make it possible for investors to seek either profit or protection from price movements in a market as a whole or in broad segments of a particular market.
Options on ETFs allow investors to gain exposure to the performance of an index, hedge against a decline in assets, enhance portfolio returns, and/or profit from the rise or fall of a leveraged ETF.
FLEX and LEAPS options offer investors increased flexibility in terms of contract customization (such as expiration date, exercise style, and exercise price) and time frame (with expirations of up to three years out).