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Clustering of Trading Activity in the DAX Index Options Market

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  • Alexander K. Koch
  • Zdravetz Lazarov

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Trades in DAX index options with identical maturities cluster around particular classes of strike prices. For example, options with strikes ending on 50 are less traded than options with strikes ending on 00. Clustering is higher when options with close strike prices are good substitutes. The degree of substitution between options with neighboring strikes depends on the strike price grid and options' characteristics. Using regression analysis we analyze the relation between clustering, grid size, and the options' characteristics. To our knowledge this paper is the first to explore how the grid size of strike prices affects options' trading volume.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse30_2001.

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Length: 39
Date of creation: Nov 2001
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Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse30_2001

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Keywords: Clustering; Incidental Truncation; Index Options; Volume;

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  1. Zdravetz Lazarov, 2004. "Distribution of Trading Activity across Strike Prices in the DAX Index Options Market," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers bgse7_2004, University of Bonn, Germany.
  2. He, Yan & Wu, Chunchi, 2004. "Price rounding and bid-ask spreads before and after the decimalization," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 13(1), pages 19-41.

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