European options

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BusinessWeek  Apr 29  Comment 
Investors are paying the most in seven years for options to protect against losses in European stocks relative to U.S. contracts, speculating Greeceā€™s debt crisis will spread to other nations.




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A European option is an option that can only be exercised at expiration. No early exercise is permitted with European options in contrast to American options.

All options traded on individual stocks are American options. Most options traded on indexes are European options although some are traded as American options (the S&P 100 (OEX) and the Oil Index (XOI)).

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