Options on the US Dollar (USX)

Underlying issues

U.S. Dollar.

Trading unit

One contract represents 10,000 U.S. Dollars.

Expiry cycle

At a minimum, the nearest four consecutive months plus the next four months in the designated quarterly Cycle: March, June, September and December. The Bourse may list expiries over a period of two years and an annual expiry in January under such expiry Cycle.

Annual expiry of January for long term options.

Premium quotation

Option premiums are quoted in Canadian cents per unit of foreign currency. For example, a premium quotation of 0.75 Canadian cents for an option on the U.S. dollar represents an aggregate premium value of 0.75 Canadian cents / US$ × US$10,000 × C$1/100 Canadian cents = C$75.

Aggregate premium value

The aggregate premium value for a contract is the premium quotation multiplied by the trading unit of a contract.

Minimum Fluctuation of the Option Premium

The minimum price fluctuation of the premium is 0.01 Canadian cent or a tick value of C$1.00 per unit of foreign currency. That is: 0.01 Canadian cent / US$ × US$10,000 × C$1/100 Canadian cents = C$1.00.

Strike prices

At a minimum, five strike prices bracketing the current underlying market price.

Strike prices are set at a minimum interval of C$0.50 per unit of foreign currency.

Contract type

European style.

Last trading day

Trading ceases at 12:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the contract month, provided it is a business day. If it is not a business day, trading will cease at 12:30 p.m. on the first preceding business day.

Expiration day

The last trading day of the contract month.

Final settlement price

Cash-settled. The amount to be paid or received as final settlement of each option contract is determined by multiplying the trading unit by the difference between the exercise price and the exchange rate fixed by Bloomberg FX Fixings (BFIX) at 12:30 p.m. New York time rate expressed in Canadian cents for the designated currency, vis-à-vis the Canadian dollar on the expiration date.

Bloomberg BFIX available at: https://www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies/fx-fixings

Position reporting threshold

500 contracts on the same side of the market, in all contract months combined.

Position limit

  • All-months position limit: 40,000 contracts when the trading unit is 10,000 units of foreign currency. The limit will be adjusted to obtain the same notional amount if the trading unit is amended or if the Bourse introduces new trading units.
  • Spot month position limit: not applicable.

Trading hours

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Clearing corporation

Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC).

Trading procedures

Please refer to the Rules of the Bourse.

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