Options Trading Dries Up

Bloomberg is reporting Record Options Trading Slows as Hedge Funds Fold, Prices Surge.

About 12.5 million contracts linked to shares changed hands each day in November on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s 23 percent less than in October, the worst month for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since 1987, and 13 percent below the 2008 average, according to Options Clearing Corp., which processes all exchange-listed U.S. options.

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They are blaming this on market volatility and I can believe it, every day is like a roller coaster or maybe the tsunami waves.

The article says these are the biggest market swings since 1929.

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As someone who does this for a living, I have to tell you that the drying up of credit has had a big impact on the markets. In fact, it's always been these "light" volume days where we've seen many of these volatile moves.

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I didn't know that

This is your Professional area! One of the things I noticed in the 1929 crash was before it happened there were these wild swings.

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anyone else notice?

That is the last half hour of trading the stock market tanks over 400 points?

This is becoming almost a pattern, in the last half hour.

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