Derivatives

How to read abbreviated option names

  • O Option
  • W20Underlying of the option (at this time, only WIG20)
  • KCode of the type and month of delivery of the option
  • RRTwo last digits of the year of expiry of the option
  • CCCCExercise price of the option

Derivatives


The first derivatives – WIG20 futures – were introduced on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 1998. Today the exchange offers a range of diverse instruments: index futures, single-stock futures, currency futures, index options. Investors appreciate the opportunities provided by the derivatives market.

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Futures

Futures are derivatives: their price is linked to the price of the underlying. To simplify, a futures contract is an agreement between two parties (investors). The contract buyer agrees to buy the underlying instrument back from the seller (issuer) at an agreed price and at an agreed future date.

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Options

To better understand options, think of insurance policies. Options are like insurance. We all know about insurance policies: we insure our homes, cars, health and life against unexpected events. Options work in quite the same way as they protect our portfolios (mitigate investment risks).

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Calculate the value of the option

Discover the option strategy calculator

A key part of learning about options is the visualisation of the payment profile of individual options as well as complex option strategies. The charts will introduce you to the characteristics of the returns and risks of options. We have developed a special tool facilitating the process. To draw a payment profile for selected options, click the icon on the right. The blue icons present detailed instructions for application users.

Main Market current trading session data

Index FX rate Change
WIG20 2 386,93 0,91%
mWIG40 4 715,39 0,41%
sWIG80 14 312,29 0,13%
WIG 62 000,65 0,69%

Shares


Volume 289 351
Turnover (PLN) 753 305 037
Number of transactions 73 669

Derivatives


Volume 58 562
Turnover (PLN)) 4 996 747
Number of transactions 312

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