Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Stock-Index Trades Rising at Fastest Pace in Six Years: Options

Options trading in benchmark gauges such as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is growing at the fastest pace since 2007, spurred by investors seeking protection from widespread declines after the broadest rally on record.

A record 385 million contracts on stock-indexes changed hands in 2013, 20 percent more than the previous year for the biggest increase in six years, according to data compiled by the Options Clearing Corp. Indexes accounted for 9.4 percent of total options trading, the largest proportion since 2007, data from the Chicago-based organization show.

Source: Bloomberg

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