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European Style


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In the finance world, European style refers to a type of stock option. American style options let you exercise your stock options (i.e., buy or sell your stocks at the strike price) any time up to the expiration date. European style options can only be exercised on the expiration date—not before, not after. No matter where the company is based and whether or not your broker has a snazzy European British accent, your stock options can be European or American style.

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