‘Triple Witching’ refers to the simultaneous expiration of three types of financial derivatives:
1. stock options,
2. stock index options, and
3. stock index futures.
During triple witching, investors and traders close out or roll over their expiring options and futures contracts. This can result in significant trading activity as market participants adjust their positions and hedge their portfolios. The increased trading volume and potential imbalances in supply and demand can lead to price fluctuations and increased volatility in the underlying stocks and indices.
A reminder to Wealthwise Education’s Option Traders:
– this event occurs quarterly on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December.
– this event can lead to increased trading volume and volatility.
– the impact and significance varies from market to market.
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