Asked by: Chourouk Zandueta
asked in category: General Last Updated: 4th March, 2020

What is option expiration?

In finance, the expiration date of an option contract is the last date on which the holder of the option may exercise it according to its terms. In the case of options with "automatic exercise" the net value of the option is credited to the long and debited to the short position holders.

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Similarly, what is the expiration date for options?

The expiration date for listed stock options in the United States is normally the third Friday of the contract month or the month that the contract expires. On months that the Friday falls on a holiday, the expiration date is on the Thursday immediately before the third Friday.

Also Know, does an option expire at the end of the day? Typically, the last day to trade an option is the third Friday of the expiration month, but the actual expiration time is not until the next day (Saturday). If an investor chooses not to exercise that right, the option expires and becomes worthless, and the investor loses the money paid to buy it.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what happens if options expire?

There are actually three things that can happen. You can buy or sell to “close” the position prior to expiration. The options expire out-of-the-money and worthless, so you do nothing. The options expire in-the-money, usually resulting in a trade of the underlying stock if the option is exercised.

Do options expire at 4pm?

Options expire at 4 p.m. on the third Friday of the month in the sense that they no longer trade. But the stocks themselves keep trading after hours, so, as this reader notes, what's in-the-money (ITM) at 4 p.m. on Friday can be out-of-the-money (OTM) by 5 p.m., or vice versa.

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