American Option

Trading Basics

American Option

An option that can get exercised at any time during its life.

European options can only be exercised at the end.

Other Trading Basics

Basis Point

A basis point is 0.01% and is typically used when quoting interest rate changes.

A move of 0.25% is described as 25 basis points.

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Cost of Carry

The cost to a trader of maintaining a position. This might be in form of overnight financing on simple CFD trades but can also include the costs to insure, transport or finance on more complex trades.

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