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Tabb Forum: The Options Market in 2016 and the Outlook for 2017


Mark Dowd

Mark Dowd

2016 was a year full of volatility events, from Brexit to interest rate uncertainty to the surprise election of President Trump. But volumes in the options markets nonetheless were flat. According to Peter Maragos, CEO, Dash Financial Technologies, the stable volumes are an indication of a healthy market given the amount of leverage that’s been removed from the system over the last 8 years, and there are plenty of catalysts on the horizon to boost derivatives volumes in the year ahead. Speaking with TABB Group managing director Andy Nybo, Maragos discusses both retail and institutional demand for hedging products, the challenges of navigating the increasingly complex and fragmented US options market and technology’s role in the search for liquidity. He also addresses Dash’s merger with LiquidPoint and what it will mean for the marketplace.

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