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Why Are Equity Traders Using Shorter-Dated Options?


This is the next chapter of a multi-year story, says Tim McCourt, Global Head of Equity Index and Alternative Investment Products at CME Group. Q3 2023 has seen a new record in equity index options trading at CME Group as volumes have exceeded 1.6 million contracts per day. This growth mirrors the explosion in single stock and ETF index options where those volumes doubled between 2019 and 2022. The decades-long driver of the trend appears to be a growing sophistication among traders as new tools for information and analytics have become easily available. 

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