Demand for US equity options rising says OIC study

An Options Industry Council (OIC) study conducted by Burton-Taylor International Consulting, suggests that European investors account for approximately 9% of total US exchange-listed equity option order flow and that the magnitude of their US equity holdings has increased 52% since 2013 to a total of $461bn in 2017, continuing to drive the demand for risk management strategies for portfolio protection.

The study also finds that European investors focus on income generation, capital appreciation and volatility strategies. Hedge funds comprised the largest category of European users, accounting for an estimated 53% of total European order flow. Private wealth management accounted for 21%, proprietary trading firms accounted for 12%, and investment managers 8%. 

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