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For those of you who have ever contemplated using options as a tool for hedging or speculation or arbitrage but felt the markets were too illiquid or opaque, here is a simple summary recap of the extraordinary volume seen across different parts of the option arena for the first 6 months of 2020.

For the first six months of 2020, market wide option volume is just shy of 3.5 billion contracts, an average daily level near 27.8M and 33% above 2019 levels. Across product types YTD, 53% of the volume is single stock, 39.4% ETF, and 7.6% Index.  (Courtesy:

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