By: Steve Smith
There’s an old saying “the house always wins” and the leading Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) is the largest house in the derivatives trading game.
As such it stands to gain — if trading activity and volatility increases. And with the real possibility of the trade war creating daily headlines for months to come, one can expect trading volume, especially the type of hedging done with options, to increase.
Earlier this month, the CBOE reported earnings that beat on top and bottom line. But, it lowered full-year guidance. The numbers were also sharply below last years Q1. But, it was a tough comparison as that period included the steep sell-off in February 2018 that drove volatility and trading volume higher.
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