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A Note on Investment Strategies Involving Options

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Case Code : MISC003
Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 1973 - 2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : -
Industry : Banking & Financial Services
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Options on commodities have existed in different forms since 1860 for products including gold, wheat and tulip bulbs. However, large-scale manipulation by intermediaries and absence of standardized contracts resulted in investors incurring heavy losses due to which trading in commodity options were discontinued by many exchanges by 1968. But today options have become one of the most preferred derivative instruments among the investors.

Until 1973, trading in options on stocks was cumbersome as the contract was between the buyer and the seller, and the stock exchange played no major role. In 1973, options on stocks were traded for the first time in an organized stock exchange1.

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The exchange also became a party to these contracts. Since then, there has been a significant growth in the options market with options being traded in several exchanges all over the world...

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1] Options on stocks were first traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

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