Q1 options market highlights:
Source: CME Group
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Options on Micro Bitcoin and Micro Ether futures are now available to trade, offering traders more ways to manage their exposure to the top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization and to optimize their crypto trading strategies.
Building on the strength and liquidity of Micro Bitcoin and Micro Ether futures, these options contracts enable market participants to efficiently hedge market-moving events with greater precision and flexibility, enabling traders of all sizes to access crypto market exposure.
To provide greater flexibility for managing short-term exposure to the leading U.S. equity benchmark, CME Group will introduce E-mini S&P 500 Tuesday and Thursday options starting on April 25, pending regulatory approval. These new contracts complement the existing Weekly, End-of-Month (EOM) options, as well as Quarterly options on E-mini S&P 500 futures.
An options contract for North European Hot-Rolled Coil (HRC) Steel futures will launch on May 2, pending regulatory approval. With price volatility and uncertainty across the global steel supply chain, there's been a growing demand to help clients more precisely manage their risk.
The new options contracts for Monday and Wednesday Weekly Gold, Silver and Copper will be available for trading starting May 2, pending regulatory approval. These contracts will complement CME Group's existing Friday Weekly, End-of-Month and Quarterly options on Gold, Silver and Copper futures.
Following extensive validation with market participants and receiving near unanimous support, CME Group will launch a market-wide effort to accelerate adoption and liquidity in SOFR options during the months of June and July. Access this webinar to learn more about this initiative.
The CME Group Volatility Index (CVOL) now provides eight years of indicative histories rather than three, providing more statistically relevant analysis and back-testing. Access the full list of extended products through the tool.
Access a new case study on Short-Dated New Crop (SDNC) options to learn how these options allow for targeted hedging surrounding USDA events.
Ag options had a record Q1 as the market looks to manage risk in uncertain times. Short-Dated New Crop and Calendar Spread options have particularly become very active given spread dynamics along the futures curve.
In the April 5 issue, Rich Excell examines the trade-off of delta hedging profits, known as gamma scalping, versus time decay using Micro Bitcoin options to illustrate.
See how markets price upcoming economic and geopolitical events through the lens of options on futures forward volatility through the Event Volatility Calculator.