posted on 06-06-2019

Mini-Sized Dow Options

Updated August 5, 2020

What are Mini-Sized Dow Options?

Mini-sized Dow options are leveraged option contracts that use the Dow Jones Industrial Average as the underlying asset.

How Do Mini-Sized Dow Options Work?

Bought and sold on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), mini-sized Dow options have a leverage ratio of 5:1. In other words, they leverage five times the value of their underlying asset. As such, they cost five times their face value and experience movements in value five times greater than those of the Dow itself.

This means that a mini-sized Dow option priced at $100 would actually cost $500. In addition, a 100-point rise in the Dow Jones Industrial Average would actually be experienced by the option as a 500-point rise.

Why Do Mini-Sized Dow Options Matter?

Mini-sized Dow options are ideal for those with strong convictions about future trends in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Investors should understand that while these options amplify index gains, they also amplify losses.