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The Coming Shakeout in the Options Market

Traders Magazine, September 2006

Nina Mehta

Every year like clockwork, the heads of the U.S. options exchanges predict a bout of industry consolidation. There has been public and not-so-public flirting in recent years, but no pair of options exchanges has actually made it to the altar. Indeed, seven years after the exchanges began competing directly with one another in 1999, the number of exchanges has risen from four to six. That trend may be at an end. Broader changes now taking place could shake up the status quo-and potentially make the longstanding prediction for industry consolidation come true.

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