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Short-term options: Clienteles, market segmentation, and event trading

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  • Chatrath, Arjun
  • Christie-David, Rohan A.
  • Miao, Hong
  • Ramchander, Sanjay

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We compare clientele and information share in weekly- (Weeklys) and monthly-expiring options (Monthlys) on the S&P 500 index. Striking dissimilarities between the two instruments are found, most apparent being the much smaller trade size and substantially higher implied volatility in Weeklys, consistent with both speculation and event trading. Additionally, the price discovery contribution of Weeklys, albeit modest when compared to the underlying index itself, is substantially larger than that of Monthlys. The cumulative evidence points to an increasingly segmented options market. Thus, studies employing only standard options to investigate price discovery will likely underestimate the informational role of options.

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  • Chatrath, Arjun & Christie-David, Rohan A. & Miao, Hong & Ramchander, Sanjay, 2015. "Short-term options: Clienteles, market segmentation, and event trading," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 237-250.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:61:y:2015:i:c:p:237-250
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.09.001
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    1. Ging-Ginq Pan & Yung-Ming Shiu & Tu-Cheng Wu, 2019. "Is trading in the shortest-term index options profitable?," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 169-201, April.

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    Keywords

    Weeklys; Monthlys; Greeks; Implied volatility; Spread; Price discovery;

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    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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