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The Great Options Debate: Poor regulation, new competition

Traders Magazine, February 2006

Mark Longo

Every year, the Futures Industry Association (FIA) gathers in Chicago to discuss the state of the derivatives industry. Normally, the bulk of their discussion centers on the futures markets. However, a significant portion of this year's meeting was devoted to the vagaries of the options business. Options executives held panels on a variety of topics ranging from the expansion of the options business to the evolution of market making. The highlight of all of this options coverage was definitely the "Exchange Leadership Panel." Here the heads of the U.S. options exchanges sat down for a colorful and sometimes heated discussion about the state of their industry.

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