An options exchange is a securities exchange which facilitates the buying, selling and trading of options.
Some stock exchanges or general securities exchanges include options exchange components, allowing options to be traded on those exchanges.
Transactions on an options exchange may be performed electronically, physically on a trading floor, or a combination of both, depending on the facilities made available by the exchange.
Major options exchanges include the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), The Boston Exchange (Nasdaq BX Options), Eurex, the Philadelphia Exchange (Nasdaq PHLX) and the Boston Options Exchange (BOX).
The Swiss Options and Financial Futures Exchange (SOFFEX) fused with the Deutsche Terminbörse (DTB) in 1998 to create the Eurex exchange.
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