OCC Sees Cleared Contract Volumes Tick Lower in September 2015

September 2015 saw a total of 361.5 million cleared contracts, down by -2.6% YoY from 371.0 million contracts in September

The Option Clearing Corporation (OCC), one of the largest equity derivatives clearing organizations in the world, has reported its cleared contract volumes in September 2015, according to an OCC statement.

September 2015 saw a total of 361,537,608 cleared contracts, down by -2.6% YoY from 371,034,038 contracts in September 2014. Moreover, OCC’s year-to-date (YTD) average daily cleared contract volume dropped marginally by -0.17% YoY from September 2014 with 16,855,238 contracts in 2015.

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The OCC’s exchange-listed options volume in September 2015 reached 354,782,668 contracts, down -3.0% YoY from September 2014 volume of 365,917,341 contracts. YTD average daily options (ADV) volume was also lower by 0.17% YoY from 2014 with 16,592,220 contracts in 2015.

Equity options volume in September 2015 came in at 311,951,747 contracts, incurring a decline of -6.0% YoY from September 2014 – however, index options volume in September 2015 was up 33.0% from September 2014 with 42,830,921 contracts.

In terms of futures, OCC cleared futures volume in September 2015 reached 6,754,940 contracts, a 32.0% YoY increase from the September 2014’s volume of 5,116,697 contracts. OCC’s YTD ADV cleared futures volume was also down 0.25% YoY from 2014 with 263,018 contracts in 2015.

According to Scot Warren, OCC Executive Vice President of Business Development and The Options Industry Council, in a recent statement on the volumes, “With lower levels of volatility, options trading volume decreased in September vs. August, which is consistent with lower volumes in the underlying securities markets and index futures. While options were lower versus the prior year, the industry reception and support for our stock loan program provides new opportunities for OCC to serve the industry.”

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