European Demand for U.S. Options Continues Strong, New Study Finds
The Options Industry Council (OIC) published results of the study, "Shifting Demand in a Changing Market Landscape," conducted by TABB Group and commissioned by OIC. The study found that European investors continue to be interested in using U.S. options while becoming more sophisticated, shown by an expansion in the use of directional and volatility strategies. There is also a greater use of sector ETFs and options on single stocks.
The findings indicate that European investors remain an important source of demand for U.S. listed options, with the magnitude of their U.S. equity holdings driving demand for premium and hedging strategies. One key finding shows private wealth managers have expanded their use of U.S. listed options, as electronic access and rising client assets under management are driving increased adoption. As U.S. demand grew in 2013, the overall proportion of flow from Europe declined marginally, but TABB's research clearly identified rising interest from a broad range of European investors.
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