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October 14, 2021

James Chu, Stefanos Bazinas, Choey Li

Options Market Bracing for Turbulence

U.S. options market volumes remained strong in Q3 2021 with an average of 35.5M contracts traded per day in the midst of several negative market catalysts: inflation fears, Fed taper plans and a rising 10-year Treasury yield, the Delta variant, Evergrande debt woes, US Federal debt limit brinksmanship, and uncertainty around an infrastructure bill. As market participants traded heavily to hedge and position for these (potential) developments, NYSE Arca Options ranked #1 in U.S. options multi-list market share at 12.3%, with a record quarterly average daily volume for NYSE Group of 4.37M average daily contracts traded.

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