Triple witching hour is the last hour of the stock market trading session (3:00-4:00 P.M., New York Time) on the third Friday of every March, June, September, and December. Those days are the expiration of three kinds of securities.
The simultaneous expirations generally increases the trading volume of options, futures and the underlying stocks, and occasionally increases volatility of prices of related securities.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
The third Friday of March, June, September, and December
at 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Stock Market index futures,
Stock Market index options,
and Stock options all expire.
Liquid Lois Of Oregon said:
I consulted three of the leading economic experts in my
attic and they informed me that witching hours occur at the
expiration time for derivative contracts with values based
on the stock market. In other words "by the shrinking of my
cock, it's time to unload this damn stock".
Alan J responded:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Triple witching days happen four times a year on the third Friday of March, June, September and December.
Ha, you tried to trick me by TRIPLE meaning three but the answer is four.
MAM , wrote:
Four ~ On the third Friday of March, June, September and December. An event that occurs when the contracts for stock index futures, stock index options and stock options all expire on the same day.
This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as "freaky Friday".
I think it has something to do with the stock market, but I'm hazy on the details and too tired to look it up.
Been up since 3:30 - two hour drive to Chico, 4 hours riding the tandem bike around the area for 62 miles, two hour drive home. Good times!
Joe S answered:
I'm quite fond of witches but I must confess, I've never heard of "Triple witching hour." I'll have to look it up.
What? It has nothing to do with witches. It's stack, I mean stock, market crap and it happens four times a year. It is explained thusly, bla bla bla. Garble garble garble. Misdirect obfuscate jargon, bla. That applies to all Wall Street explanations. The Dow is now over 18,000, do you know what that means? No, and neither do I, nor anyone else for that matter. Except for the guys stealing you money, they know.
I also think the witches are pretty upset for using their name in vain, so watch out. You don't want to piss off a witch.
These are the witches you find here in West Michigan.
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