What are listed options in London?

Listed options in London (also called listed derivatives) are contracts traded on a UK exchange that investors can buy and sell. When you enter into one of these contracts, the investor will trade shares or stock for them.

The value of listed options is determined by several factors such as time and volatility. The prices of listed options frequently change according to market activity, while the price of other types of investment vehicles like fixed-income investments changes much less frequently.

UK exchanges

The two major exchanges for trading fixed income securities in London are the London Stock Exchange and the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE). You can either purchase or sell a listed option through an agent registered with one of these exchanges – just like any other type of trade. In this case, the agent will charge a fee for their service.

There are plenty of listed options on the London Stock Exchange, including contracts for difference (CFDs), futures and options.

A contract for difference allows a trader to bet on whether a stock priced at 10 pounds is going up or down in value within a certain amount of time – if they win, they make money; if not, they lose.

If you buy a future, you’ll be required to purchase an asset at some predetermined date in the future for an agreed-upon price – effectively acting as some form of insurance contract against fluctuations in that asset’s price.

The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange allows trading in many options, including futures and equity-based options such as CFDs (contracts for difference). This exchange offers a wide range of derivatives, but they’re usually more advanced than those offered on the LSE because they’re only available to professional investors.

Types of options

Many listed options include put and call options, fixed return options (FROs), and more. Let’s walk you through them:


Calls are contracts that give the owner the option to purchase the underlying asset at a specific price in the future. If you thought the underlying asset would rise in price over a specific length of time, you would buy a call. Calls have a time limit, and you may purchase the underlying asset any time before or on the expiration date, depending on the terms of the contract. For more detailed information on this, sign up for a free trial.


Put options are the opposites of calls. The holder of a put has the authority to sell the underlying asset at a specified price in the future. As a result, if you believe the underlying asset’s value will drop, you would purchase a put. There is an expiration date on the agreement, similar to calls.

American Style

The phrase “American style” refers to the terms of the contracts rather than where they are bought or sold.

The expiration date for options contracts is when the owner can buy or sell the underlying security, usually known as a call option (if buying) or put option (if selling). Before expiration, an American-style options contract gives the contract owner the right to exercise. The flexibility of an American style contract is apparent.

European Style

European style options contracts give less leeway than American-style contracts. Only on the expiration date of a European contract may you buy or sell the underlying asset on which it is based, just as with an American option.

Exchange-Traded Options

It’s the most frequent type of option. Options contracts listed on a public exchange are known as exchange-traded options. They may be acquired and sold by anybody using the services of a suitable broker.

The other types of options worth taking a look at are:

  • Over The Counter Options
  • Option Type by Underlying Security
  • Employee Stock Options
  • Cash Settled Options
  • Exotic Options

In conclusion

Options allow traders to lock in a price with specific terms—such as time and quantity—before the price goes up or down. The option holder can buy or sell the asset at this fixed price.