Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities (LEAPS) are long-term option contracts that allow investors to establish positions that can be maintained for a period of up to 30 months. Although they are not available on all stocks, LEAPS are available on most widely held issues. The development and introduction of LEAPS by CBOE in 1990 added a whole new range of options possibilities, many suited for conservative stock investors. Current options investors are using LEAPS, as are stock investors, because of the similarities between LEAPS and shares of stock, and the more conservative nature afforded to LEAPS by their long-term expirations.
Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Detailed information on our policies and the risks associated with options can be found in the Scottrade Options Application and Agreement, Brokerage Account Agreement, and by downloading the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options and Supplements (PDF) from The Options Clearing Corporation, or by requesting a copy from your local branch office. Market volatility, volume, and system availability may impact account access and trade execution. Supporting documentation for any claims will be supplied upon request.