Cboe Global Markets, a leading global market operator and trading solutions provider, published its trading volumes report for May 2021 today. The operator saw a spike in the average daily volume (ADV) on index options, with 2 million contracts traded, which is up 14% from the previous month and up 33% from the same period last year.
According to the official figures, ADV in S&P 500 Index options was 1.32 million contracts, which is up 13% from April 2021. Also, it is up 22% from May 2020. Additionally, ADV in Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) surged by 21% in May 2021, with 613,595 contracts traded, compared to the previous month. In the same period last year, it represented an increase of 74%.
For the futures markets, the average daily volume in VIX futures was 245,727 contracts in May, which is up 32% from last month and is up 86% from May 2020. “ADV in Cboe iBoxx iShares $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Index (IBIG) futures reached a new high of 1,122 contracts traded, up 46 percent from April 2021, representing more than $3.3 billion in notional value,” the report added.
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Additionally, European equities witnessed a surge in Swiss securities, which rose from 13.4% to 14.5% in May over April 2021. Moreover, Cboe LIS, Cboe Europe’s block trading platform, had a market share of 25.8% during May, which was its highest on record.
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In addition, the report highlighted that Cboe SEF NDF trading saw its highest monthly ADV, as it accounted for a $271 million notional value traded in May, which is up 30% from its prior record set last month and is up 29% from May 2020.
Recently, Finance Magnates reported that the operator has been planning to list Bitcoin futures again amid a surge in demand from retail and institutional clients. Cboe was the first regulated US derivatives exchange to list Bitcoin futures in December 2017.