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IM-2860-1. Position Limits

This rule is no longer applicable. NASD IM-2860-1 has been superseded by FINRA Rule 2360. Please consult the appropriate FINRA Rule.

The following examples illustrate the operation of position limits established by NASD Rule 2860(b)(3) (all examples assume a position limit of 25,000 contracts and that the options are standardized options):
(a) Customer A, who is long 25,000 XYZ calls, may at the same time be short 25,000 XYZ calls, since long and short positions in the same class of options (i.e., in calls only, or in puts only) are on opposite sides of the market and are not aggregated for purposes of paragraph (b)(3).

(b) Customer B, who is long 25,000 XYZ calls, may at the same time be long 25,000 XYZ puts. Paragraph (b)(3) does not require the aggregation of long call and long put (or short call and short put) positions, since they are on opposite sides of the market.

(c) Customer C, who is long 20,000 XYZ calls, may not at the same time be short more than 5,000 XYZ puts, since the 25,000 contract limit applies to the aggregation of long call and short put positions in options covering the same underlying security. Similarly, if Customer C is also short 20,000 XYZ calls, he may not at the same time be long more than 5,000 puts, since the 25,000 contract limit applies separately to the aggregation of short call and long put positions in options covering the same underlying security.

(d) Customer D, who is short 2,000,000 shares of XYZ, may be long up to 45,000 XYZ calls, since the "hedge" exemption contained in paragraph (b)(3)(A)(vii) permits Customer D to establish an options position up to 25,000 contracts in size. In this instance, 25,000 of the 45,000 contracts are permissible under the basic position limit contained in paragraph (b)(3)(A)(i) and the remaining 20,000 contracts are permissible because they are hedged by the 2,000,000 short stock position.

Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-007 eff. Feb. 28, 2008.
Amended by SR-NASD-98-23 eff. June 12, 1998.