OCC March 2021 Total volume up 34.8% over the previous year

CHICAGO–() – OCC, the largest equity derivatives clearing organization in the world, announced today that the total contract volume cleared in March 2021 was 904,039,629 contracts, the highest monthly volume on record and up 34.8% from March 2020. March also marks the end of the quarter the highest in terms of contract volume in OCC’s history. Year-to-date, the average daily volume of contracts cleared through March was 42,231,809 contracts, up 48.7% from March 2020.

Options: Total listed options The volume of cleared contracts was 898 653 388, up 35.6% from March 2020. Stock options the volume of cleared contracts was 856,908,768 contracts, up 45.1% compared to March 2020. This includes ETF options volume of contracts cleared of 269 041 795, a decrease of 11.2% compared to March 2020. Index options the volume was 41,744,620, a decrease of 42.1% compared to March 2020. The average daily volume of cleared options of the OCC since the beginning of the year is 41,973,869 contracts.

Futures: The total volume of cleared futures contracts was 5,386,241, a decrease of 31.2% from March 2020. The average daily volume of cleared futures contracts since the start of the OCC year is 257 940 contracts.

Securities lending: The average daily value of OCC loans in March 2021 was $ 119,120,897,964, an increase of 75.4% from March 2020. Securities lending CCP activity grew 17.8% in new loans from March 2020 with 143,987 transactions last month.

For information on the 2021 monthly exchange market share, click here.

March 2021

Total

Contract

Volume

March 2020

Total

Contract

Volume

March

Total

Contract

% Switch

vs

2020

Average YTD

Daily

Contract

2021

Average YTD

Daily

Contract

2020

%

Switch

vs 2020

Stock options

856 908 768

590 743 481

45.1%

40 053 014

25 331 139

58.1%

Index options

41 744 620

72 070 438

-42.1%

1 920 855

2,683,128

-28.4%

Total options

898 653 388

662 813 919

35.6%

41 973 869

28,014,267

49.8%

Futures

5 386 241

7 833 079

-31.2%

257 940

393,377

-34.4%

Total volume

904 039 629

670 646 998

34.8%

42 231 809

28,407,644

48.7%

About OCC

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a registered clearing agency and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a derivatives clearing organization. Named Best Clearing House – Actions 2020 by Media Markets For the third year in a row, OCC now provides central counterparty clearing and settlement (CCP) services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms for trading in options, financial futures and securities lending. More information on OCC is available at www.theocc.com.

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