Equity

  • Short vol opportunities open up amid US options swings

    Short vol opportunities open up amid US options swings

    Amid heavy options trading activity ahead of a US election that most market participants expect to be bitterly contested and drawn out, opportunities are opening up to play the short volatility position that had proven so popular before the pandemic.

  • Eurex accommodates new strategies with new ESG line

    Eurex accommodates new strategies with new ESG line

    Greater ESG sophistication is coming to the listed derivatives market, with Eurex Exchange announcing on Wednesday that it intends to launch new contracts that apply a new methodology for ESG exposure.

  • Covid raises hedging question as markets plot path forward

    Covid raises hedging question as markets plot path forward

    The violent sell-off across financial markets this spring turned many investors’ positions upside down. Those without proper hedges in place were at best left embarrassed and at worst forced to shut up shop. Despite central banks once again intervening, plenty are finding reason to be cautious. Ross Lancaster investigates what lessons, if any, market participants have learnt from the meltdown.

  • ESG innovation blooms as market pushes for growth spurt

    ESG innovation blooms as market pushes for growth spurt

    ESG derivatives have been on the development fast track this year as product creation has swept from equity referencing contracts through to other asset classes. Ross Lancaster reports on the next steps the market must take to reach maturity.

  • EC grants clearing reprieve, urges UK cutback

    EC grants clearing reprieve, urges UK cutback

    The European Commission on Tuesday gave the derivatives clearing industry a lifeline by granting an 18 month equivalence decision that will allow European firms to keep using UK central counterparties.

  • ESG harmonisation push gives cheer for derivatives

    ESG harmonisation push gives cheer for derivatives

    A push towards harmonising data and reporting standards in ESG finance is gaining momentum and is a much-needed move in the development of the market. This was the message from panellists at GlobalCapital’s Sustainable and Responsible Investment Capital Markets Virtual Forum this week.

  • Eurex vindicated in passive liquidity protection, so far

    Eurex vindicated in passive liquidity protection, so far

    High-frequency traders have fiercely resisted efforts by derivatives exchanges to bring in delaying measures, such as speed bumps, to their venues. But at Eurex, one such passive liquidity programme (PLP) is proving its critics wrong.

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