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ISE Calls for Move to Pennies

Traders Magazine, June 2008

Nina Mehta

The International Securities Exchange, in a turnaround, is now calling on the options industry to forget the penny pilot and move directly to penny quoting across the board. But the recommendation comes grudgingly, since the ISE did not previously favor penny quoting for all options. Gary Katz, the ISE's chief executive, says the new stance was driven by the Securities and Exchange Commission's approval of the Nasdaq Options Market, whose rules include the ability to maintain hidden quotes in penny increments in non-penny names. That means Nasdaq could have better prices than other exchanges in some options, although those prices would not be displayed publicly to investors and other exchanges.

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