Zero-Dated Options Are Hot—but Not Hazardous

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A seemingly new product has options markets buzzing. So-called Zero Days to Expiration, or “0DTE,” options, have spurred historic trading volumes alongside a wave of concerned commentary. Any financial innovation brings a rightful share of concerns, but these new contracts are evolutionary, not revolutionary.

It’s more like the casinos opened a new set of tables rather than introduced truly new games. Remember, every option eventually becomes zero-dated on expiration day. What differs is the frequency of expirations, not the expirations themselves.