Fed Hears Pleas to Ease Rules on Banks in Options Markets

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the options market has been a crucial tool for investors seeking to protect themselves from the wild swings of stock prices. Now, just as trading is surging, exchanges are warning that regulations could sideline banks that keep the market functioning.

“They become the go-to-instrument when markets become volatile and investors and market participants seek to manage their risk exposure,” said Andy Nybo, a managing director at Burton-Taylor International Consulting, which provides analysis to financial firms.

There has been a surge of options trading this year, and at the current pace March would have the highest monthly volume in U.S. exchange-traded options in at least five years, according to Nybo’s estimates.

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