The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), part of CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE), today announced its intentions to list options on the FTSE 100 and FTSE China 50 indexes beginning March 29, 2016.
The new FTSE Russell options will offer investors exposure to the largest and most liquid segments of the UK and Chinese equity markets. The options will be based on mini versions of the FTSE 100 Index, a market-capitalization weighted index of 100 UK-listed blue chip companies traded on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), as well as the FTSE China 50 Index, a real-time tradable index comprising 50 of the largest Chinese stocks, traded on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK).
The listing of FTSE 100 and FTSE China 50 index options happens under a licensing agreement sealed by CBOE and London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LON:LSE) in February 2015. Under the deal, CBOE became the exclusive U.S. provider of options on more than two dozen LSEG-owned FTSE Russell indexes. Back then, the two companies also agreed to collaborate on the development of additional index options products and investor education.
For the full announcement from CBOE on the new options, click here.