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1. Should the option prices change when a company surprisingly eliminates its dividend but its share price stays the same?2. Give two reasons why "short interest rebate" would be a negative interest rate.
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Stocks generally fall by the amount of the dividend payment on the ex dividend date. This impacts the pricing of options. Call options are less expensive leading up to the ex-dividend date because of the expected fall in the price of the underlying stock. At the same time, the price of put options increases due to the same expected drop.

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Both call and put options are impacted by the ex-dividend rate.

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Short Sale Rebate Fee

When you borrow money from a lending institution, you agree to pay interest on the loan based on certain conditions such as the loan amount, availability, etc. Similarly, when you borrow shares of a stock, you may be charged interest based on the underlying lending conditions of the security in the short sale - primarily the availability of shares. This fee is referred to as the short sale rebate fee

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The availability and perceived volatility of shares also factors into the settlement of a short sale. Stocks that are hard to borrow have a higher likelihood of being unavailable on the settlement date and incurring a forced buy-in throughout the time you hold the short position

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The fees are either ETB (Easy to borrow) or HTB (Hard to borrow).

When trading HTB stock, brokers may charge an additional % of interest (also called negative rebate,)

Therefore, two reasons why you would be charged an additional amount of interest would be based on the availability of the stock and the perceived trading volatility of the stock.

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Financial Professional: Chad EA, CFP ®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Professional replied 3 months ago

If the company eliminates the dividend payment the option price will also change because the dividend is typically factored into the original pricing of the option premium.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
even eliminates its dividend, the option prices still changed?
Financial Professional: Chad EA, CFP ®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Professional replied 3 months ago

Yes, because when the option was priced the dividend was priced in.

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So when the dividend is eliminated, the option price changes to reflect the change in dividend.

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Financial Professional: Chad EA, CFP ®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Professional replied 3 months ago

Also when the dividend is eliminated the price of the stock won't drop as it would if a dividend was issued.

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Financial Professional: Chad EA, CFP ®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Professional replied 3 months ago

Yes, because when the option was priced the dividend was priced in.

priced meaning, the option price takes into account that the stock will issue a dividend. When this no longer happens the option price changes.

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