Which of the following is the strongest oxidizing agent?

A) $\ce{I2}$

B) $\ce{Ag^2+}$

C) $\ce{Cu^2+}$

The answer is apparently B) but I think it has to be A) because it is the only non-metal which actually wants to lose electrons. I just wanted to confirm whether it’s an incorrect solution or my own understanding is wrong.

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    $\begingroup$ Have you checked the electrode potential tables? $\endgroup$ – M. Farooq Nov 25 '20 at 3:11
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    $\begingroup$ A compound wanting to lose electrons is a reducing, not oxidating agent. BTW, are you aware of any Ag(II) salt that is used as commonly as I2 or CuSO4 ? $\endgroup$ – Poutnik Nov 25 '20 at 7:41
  • $\begingroup$ chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Analytical_Chemistry/… $\endgroup$ – Hal Nov 25 '20 at 17:18

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