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OCC Clears New Annual Exchange-Listed Options Volume Record in October

October 2021 Total Volume Up 29.7 Percent Compared to October 2020, Highest October Ever

November 02, 2021
Chicago -

OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that October 2021 total cleared contract volume was 825,572,627 contracts, and total cleared contract volume to date in 2021 reached 8,128,660,661, surpassing the U.S. exchange-listed annual options volume record of 7.52 billion contracts set in 2020.

OCC’s October 2021 total cleared contract volume was the fifth highest month on record and the highest October ever, up 29.7 percent compared to October 2020. Year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume through October 2021 was 38,893,113 contracts, up 34.8 percent compared to October 2020.

Options: Total exchange-listed options cleared contract volume was 821,102,002, up 29.6 percent compared to October 2020. Equity options cleared contract volume was 777,425,367 contracts, up 30.0 percent compared to October 2020. This includes ETF options cleared contract volume of 232,816,391, a 19.5 percent increase compared to October 2020. Index options volume was 43,676,635, up 23.4 percent compared to October 2020. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared options volume is 38,662,396 contracts.

Futures: Total futures cleared contract volume was 4,470,625, a 33.7 percent increase compared to October 2020. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared futures volume is 230,718 contracts.

Securities Lending: The average daily loan value at OCC in October 2021 was $130,863,324,895, a 73.4 percent increase compared to October 2020. Securities lending CCP activity increased by 52.3 percent in new loans compared to October 2020 with 165,581 transactions last month.

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October 2021 Total Contract Volume

October 2020 Total Contract Volume

October 2021 Total Contract % Change
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October 2021 % Change vs 2020

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About OCC

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and market integrity by delivering clearing and settlement services for options, futures and securities lending transactions. As a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. OCC has more than 100 clearing members and provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.

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