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Throughout history, options have been banned numerous times in many parts of the world: Perhaps the most notable of bans was in London, England. Despite the development of an organized market for calls and puts during the late s, opposition to them wasn't overcome and eventually options were made illegal in the early eighteenth century. A notable development in the history of options trading involved an American financier by the name of Russell Sage. In the late 19th century, Sage began creating calls and puts options that could be traded over the counter in the United States.
There was still no formal exchange market, but Sage created activity that was a significant breakthrough for options trading. He used the principle of a put call parity to devise synthetic loans that were created by him buying stock and a related put from a customer.
This enabled him to effectively loan money to the customer at an interest rate that he could set by fixing the price of the contracts and the relevant strike prices accordingly. Sage eventually stopped trading in his way because of significant losses, but he was certainly instrumental in the continued evolution of options trading. During the late s, brokers and dealers started to place adverts to attract buyers and sellers of options contracts with a view to brokering deals.
The idea was that an interested party would contact the broker and express their interest in buying either calls or puts on a particular stock. The broker would then try and find someone for the other side of the transaction.
This was a somewhat laborious process, and the terms of each contract were essentially determined by the two relevant parties. The Put and Call Brokers and Dealers Association was formed with a view to establishing networks that could help match buyers and sellers of contracts more effectively, but there was still no standard for pricing them and there was a distinct lack of liquidity in the market.
The trading of options was certainly increasing by this point, although the lack of any regulation meant that investors were still wary. The market for options continued to essentially be controlled by put and call brokers with contracts being traded over the counter. There was some standardization in the market, and more people became aware of these contracts and their potential uses. The market remained relatively illiquid with limited activity at this time.
The brokers were making their profits from the spread between what the buyers were willing to pay and what the sellers were willing to accept, but there was no real correct pricing structure and the brokers could set the spread as wide as they wanted.
Even though the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC in the United States had bought some regulation into the over the counter options market, by the late s the trading of them wasn't really progressing at any noticeable rate.
There were too many complexities involved and inconsistent prices made it very difficult for any investor to seriously consider options as a viable tradable instrument. It was an essentially unrelated occurrence in that eventually led to a solution that would ultimately bring the options market into the mainstream. In , the Chicago Board of Trade saw a significant decline in the trading of commodity futures on its exchange, and the organization began to look for new ways to grow their business.
The aim was to diversify and create additional opportunities for members of the exchange to trade. After considering a number of alternatives, the decision was made to create a formal exchange for the trading of options contracts. For the first time, options contracts were properly standardized and there was a fair marketplace for them to be traded. At the same time, the Options Clearing Corporation was established for centralized clearing and ensuring the proper fulfillment of contracts.
Thus, removing many of the concerns investors still held about contracts not being honored. Over 2, years after Thales had created the first call, the trading of options was finally legitimate. When the CBOE first opened for trading, there were very few contracts listed, and they were only calls because, puts hadn't been standardized at this point. There was also still some resistance to the idea of trading options, largely down to difficulties in determining whether they represented good value for money or not.
The lack of an obvious method for calculating a fair price of an option combined with wide spreads meant that the market was still lacking in liquidity. Another significant development helped to change that just a short time after the CBOE was opened for trading. In that same year, , two professors, Fisher Black and Myron Scholes, conceived a mathematical formula that could calculate the price of an option using specified variables. This formula became known as the Black Scholes Pricing Model , and it had a major impact as investors began to feel more comfortable trading options.
By the average daily volume of contracts exchanged on the CBOE was over 20, and in two more options trading floors were opened in America. In , the number of stocks on which options could be traded was increased and puts were also introduced to the exchanges.
In the following years, more options exchanges were established around the world and the range of contracts that could be traded continued to grow. Towards the end of the 20th century, online trading began to gain popularity, which made the trading of many different financial instruments vastly more accessible for members of the public all over the world.