Forex Options Trading Conditions

Vanilla Options

Available for trading in 44 currency pairs, including silver and gold.

Calls (option to buy a currency at a specified strike price) and Puts (option to sell a currency at a specified strike price).

Le montant maximum négociable en continu est de 25,000,000 d’unités de la devise de base, avec un ticket minimum correspondant à 10,000 unités. Les montants (notionnels) supérieurs à cette limite maximale sont disponibles sur la base d’un RFQ (Request for quote), autrement dit « Demande de prix ».

Veuillez noter que cette limite peut être changée à tout moment sans notification préalable en raison de conditions de marché tel qu’un marché illiquide ou une forte volatilité.

Tradable tenors from 1 day to 12 months.

Calculated in pip terms of the 2nd currency. When buying an option the maximum loss is the premium paid, but when selling an option the writer receives the premium however assumes the potential of much greater downside risk.

Ces options sont dîtes européennes. C’est-à-dire qu’elles ne peuvent être exercées seulement à la date d’expiration, à une heure précise. 

L’expiration est un processus automatique, ce qui veut dire que vous n’avez pas d’actions particulières à effectuer. Si l’option est dans la monnaie, l’option sera automatiquement comptabilisée suivant la méthode d’exercice prédéfinie (décrite dans le point suivant). Sinon l’option expirera automatiquement (cessera donc d’exister) à 10h00 EST (Eastern Standart Time, New York Cut) le jour de l’expiration.

Avant d’ouvrir votre position, vous avez la possibilité de choisir la méthode d’exercice qui s’appliquera si l’option se trouve être dans la monnaie. Les options peuvent être soit converties en une position spot à l’expiration soit un règlement cash peut être effectué. La méthode d’exercice par règlement cash est disponible pour les positions longues ou courtes et sera toujours exécutée au mid-price (prix moyen) du meilleur spraed (écart) demande/offre. Cette règle s’applique également dans le cas d’un marché volatile. La méthode d’exercice peut être modifiée jusqu’à une heure avant l’expiration. 

The margin requirement is calculated per currency pair, to align with FX Spot tiered margins, and per maturity date. Read more about Margins.

Not available. Trading is only available on live quotes.

Touch Options


EURUSD, GBPUSD, EURGBP, USDJPY, EURJPY and AUDUSD.

One Touch and No Touch options are available.

Expressed as the potential payout. The maximum streaming amount is 25,000 units of base currency, with a minimum ticket size of 100 units. Notional amounts above the maximum streaming amount are available on a Request for Quote (RFQ) basis.

Note. Maximum streaming amounts may be changed without prior notice under volatile or illiquid markets.

Tradable tenors from 1 day to 12 months.

Expressed as a % payout in the 1st currency. When buying an option the maximum loss is the premium paid, but when selling an option the writer receives the premium. The payout is reserved on account (and can not be used as collateral).

Trade barriers above or below the current spot price, in increments of 50 pips.

Unlike FX Vanilla options, Touch options are exercised when a trigger level is reached at any time prior to the expiry date. If the trigger level has not been reached, a No Touch option generates a payout, whereas a One Touch option expires automatically.

A trigger (or barrier) level is considered reached if the spot mid-price of the currency pair reaches the trigger level. 

There are safeguards in place to prevent erroneous trading. Thus, for each currency pair a 'tradability value' has been set. The rationale for this parameter is to restrict your trading when the probability of the trigger being touched (or not touched) is too close to 100%. This is done to protect the client from making a mistake, e.g. paying 100% for a One Touch or selling a No Touch when the bid is 0%. 

The current parameters are: 

Currency crossTradability value
 
Currency crossTradability value
EURGBP0.25%GBPUSD0.15%
EURJPY0.20%USDJPY0.25%
EURUSD0.15%AUDUSD0.20%

Please note that the tradability values are subject to change without prior notice. 

You are of course never restricted from closing an existing open position, no matter what the proximity of the trigger level to current spot. Closing prices may, if close to expiry, be offered on an RFQ basis only.

Example:

You want to buy a One Touch Option with 3 months to expiry and the trigger (or barrier) price is 10 pips away from the market. In this case, the Premium would be 100% (or close to) and Saxo Bank will automatically reject the trade.

One Touch options will generate the payout automatically if triggered before expiry. Otherwise (if the barrier has not been touched) the option will automatically expire and cease to exist at 10am Eastern Standard Time (New York cut). No Touch options will cease to exist if triggered before expiry (the barrier level is touched). If a No Touch option has not been triggered prior to expiry, the payout will automatically be generated.

Touch option positions are cash settled automatically when they generate a payout. The payout is 100% of the base currency. If the option expires without exercising, then the payout is 0%. For a One Touch option, that is once the trigger level is reached. For a No Touch option, it is at maturity, assuming the trigger level has not been reached. 

Although profit/loss from a closed Touch option (e.g. buying and selling an option before it exercises/expires) will be available for use in trading other margin products, final settlement takes place at end of day (EOD), similar to the way Vanilla options are settled.

The FX option margin calculation does not apply.

Not available. Trading is only available on live quotes.

Touch options of same type, expiry, and payout can net out.  No other netting of Touch options is allowed.