Holders of a long position in American Style options can exercise the option any time prior to expiry. To exercise a long option position, an exercise request can be entered in the trading application; in the “Account Summary”.
When the exercise request is entered, the option position is closed at price 0 and a position in the underlying instrument is created at the strike price. This happens instantly.
Clients should always consider closing the option position in the market and acquiring the underlying instrument separately. Often the market value of the option exceeds the unrealized profit from opening the underlying position at the strike price.
Currency options on CME are not allowed to be exercised out of the money, hence these requests will be cancelled once encountered.
Exercise requests need to be entered before the exercise cut-off time as specified by Saxo Bank; see these in Contract Options Settlement Conditions. The Exercise cut-off time facing Saxo Bank clients is prior to the cut-off times as defined by the exchange in order to give Saxo Bank and its brokers the time to forward the request to the exchanges. If exercise requests are entered after the cut off time clients will be rejected and the client must wait until the next day to exercise before the cut off time.
Last Trading day
On the last trading day, clients will not be able to exercise any position, since the expiry auto-exercise process will manage exercising against the exercise settlement value.