Cash-Settled Options

Definition of 'Cash-Settled Options'


A type of option for which actual physical delivery of the security is not required, due to the high costs of transport, or simply when the purchaser does not wish to hold the physical evidence of an investment. Cash is sent in the amount of the difference between the option strike price and the current value of the security at the exercise date.

Investopedia explains 'Cash-Settled Options'


This type of option is most often exercised when delivery of the underlier is inconvenient or the cost of transport is a major consideration. For example, when purchasing company stock for individual ownership, delivery costs would be minimal. However, if purchasing an S&P Index option, the security will generally not be sent out as the costs of transport would be so high due to the large volume of transactions that would occur.


Filed Under:

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Market Segmentation

    A marketing term referring to the aggregating of prospective buyers into groups (segments) that have common needs and will respond similarly to a marketing action. Market segmentation enables companies to target different categories of consumers who perceive the full value of certain products and services differently from one another.
  2. Effective Annual Interest Rate

    An investment's annual rate of interest when compounding occurs more often than once a year. Calculated as the following:
  3. Debit Spread

    Two options with different market prices that an investor trades on the same underlying security. The higher priced option is purchased and the lower premium option is sold - both at the same time. The higher the debit spread, the greater the initial cash outflow the investor will incur on the transaction.
  4. Odious Debt

    Money borrowed by one country from another country and then misappropriated by national rulers. A nation's debt becomes odious debt when government leaders use borrowed funds in ways that don't benefit or even oppress citizens. Some legal scholars argue that successor governments should not be held accountable for odious debt incurred by earlier regimes, but there is no consensus on how odious debt should actually be treated.
  5. Takeover

    A corporate action where an acquiring company makes a bid for an acquiree. If the target company is publicly traded, the acquiring company will make an offer for the outstanding shares.
  6. Harvest Strategy

    A strategy in which investment in a particular line of business is reduced or eliminated because the revenue brought in by additional investment would not warrant the expense. A harvest strategy is employed when a line of business is considered to be a cash cow, meaning that the brand is mature and is unlikely to grow if more investment is added.
Trading Center