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What do you need to know about options CFDs?

Unlike traditional options, which are contractual obligations giving the right to purchase or sell an asset at a future date, the options CFDs we offer are derivative instruments that let you trade on the price fluctuations of a physical option without directly owning it. That means that when you close your option CFD positions, you’ll be gaining or losing the difference between the closing and opening price of the position.

Although options CFDs can exist on a variety of underlying assets, Libertex currently lets you trade options CFDs on the S&P 500 index and Brent Crude Oil. These are available in the platform’s Options section and are listed following the convention Underlying asset|Option type StrikePrice|Expiry.


For example, S&P 500|Call 3450|Dec is a Call option CFD based on the S&P 500 index with a strike price of 3,450 that expires at the end of December.

It’s important to note that, since this is a CFD and not a physical option, it doesn’t mean that if you own it, you’ll be able to Buy the S&P 500 for 3,450 until the end of December. Instead, you’re just trading it as a standalone instrument and making a profit or a loss based on the change in its price.

Options CFDs vs traditional Options

Now that you understand options CFDs, some basic background on traditional options will help you trade more effectively. Traditional options are derivative financial instruments whose value depends on an underlying asset, such as a stock, equity index, or commodity. They allow the owner to buy or sell (depending on the type of contract) the underlying asset. However, unlike futures, they do not oblige the holder to buy or sell, which makes them more flexible.

What determines the price of options CFDs

Without going into excessive details and financial formulas, it is sufficient to say that the following key factors determine the value of options CFDs:

Now that you understand the basics, let’s move on to why you may want to trade options CFDs.



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