Investors are paying almost the least they've ever had to for options on stocks and ETFs as volatility levels dip into record-low territory. The VIX is at rock-bottom levels. According to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, out of all the days the VIX has fallen below 10 in its history, nearly half of those instances have taken place in A level of "10" on the VIX is rarely broken, but that has been a routine occurrence this year.
Cheap options are either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on who you ask. For investors looking to hedge their portfolios against a market decline using put options, or for speculators interested in betting on more gains in the stock market using call options, it's seldom been cheaper to do so. The opposite is the case for options sellers. They aren't getting much in the way of a premium for writing options contracts.
In any case, low volatility is certainly not a knock on the options market—which remains as active as ever—particularly when it comes to exchange-traded funds. Below, we look at the 15 ETFs with the most liquid options markets. There are plenty of big funds with illiquid or even nonexistent options markets. The second-largest ETF by assets only has total options open interest of 2, That's nothing for a fund of that size.
The fund boasts total open interest of 6. Then there's also a number of ETFs on the list that are punching well above their weight. These ETFs have some of the most liquid options markets, even though they don't have a tremendous amount of assets. That suggests these funds are popular with short-term traders—not a surprise considering that the VIX, oil, Brazil, gold miners and China are among the most volatile areas of the markets.
View the discussion thread. Assets under management in this segment are quietly growing due to the popularity of one new fund. Averting losses can be as important, if not more, than capturing upside gains. ETFs and options can help you with that. Skip to main content. For a full list of the top 15 ETFs with the most liquid options, see the table below: United Arab Emirates Vietnam.
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