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Options trading is poised to overtake the stock market

·2 min read
Options trading is poised to overtake the stock market

Fueled by a cocktail of slick trading apps and social-media hype, retail trading has soared since competition between brokerages squashed commissions in 2019. The notional value is the trading volume multiplied by the spot price. Make no mistake—institutional investors are still heavy hitters in options contracts, which give traders the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an asset at a certain price.