The ongoing dispute between politicians in the USA has had a limited effect on the global financial markets, however in data released by the CBOE, government officials may need to think and act fast. The world’s largest options exchange saw a spike in trading activity on its benchmark VIX options contract.
Chicago Board Options Exchange® (CBOE®) reported that options on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX® index) established an all-time, single-day volume record. Options volume totalled an estimated 1,782,329 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 1,399,867, contracts traded on April 15, 2013.
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Year-to-date through September, VIX options average daily volume (ADV) was 565,040 contracts, a 32 percent increase over the same period a year ago. VIX futures ADV year-to-date through September was nearly 160,000 contracts, an 86 percent increase over the same period a year ago.