Chicago Board Options Exchange

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Chicago Board Options Exchange
CBOE Logo.jpg
Type Options exchange
Location Chicago, IL, United States
Founded 1973
Owner CBOE Holdings
Currency United States dollar

The Chicago Board Options Exchange, located at 400 South LaSalle Street in Chicago, is the largest U.S. options exchange with annual trading volume that hovered around 1.27 billion contracts at the end of 2014.[1] CBOE offers options on over 2,200 companies, 22 stock indices, and 140 exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

The Chicago Board of Trade established the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 1973. The first exchange to list standardized, exchange-traded stock options began its first day of trading on April 26, 1973, in a celebration of the 125th birthday of the Chicago Board of Trade.[2][3] The CBOE is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and owned by CBOE Holdings.


In 2004, CBOE opened trading on the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) for volatility and variance contracts. In 2007, CBOE launched a Reg NMS-compliant stock exchange called the CBOE Stock Exchange (CBSX) to compete with the NYSE, Nasdaq, and other regional exchanges.;[4] the CBOE Stock Exchange ceased its trading operations on April 30, 2014.[5][6]

Trading at CBOE is carried out by way of the exchange's Hybrid system, which enables customers to trade – either electronically or through open outcry. About 95 percent of CBOE orders are traded electronically, which equates to between 50 and 60 percent of the exchange's total business. The remaining transactions, traded via open outcry, typically are large or complex institutional orders that use the skills of floor brokers to "work the order" to gain potential price improvement.

Contracts offered[edit]

The CBOE (and other national options exchanges) offers options on the following, and others:

The CBOE calculates and disseminates the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM), and other indexes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CBOE Market Stats" (PDF). Chicago Board Options Exchange. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Options Exchange Opens On Parent's Anniversary". A Financial History of the United States by Jerry W. Markham. M.E. Sharpe. 2002. p. 52. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "History". Chicago Board Options Exchange. Retrieved October 14, 2008. 
  4. ^ "CBOE Stock Exchange (CBSX) To Postpone Launch Date In Conjunction With Delay Of Reg NMS Effective Date". Chicago Board Options Exchange. January 24, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2008. 
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