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Commissions Inch Higher

Traders Magazine, August 2012

Peter Chapman

Options volume is headed down this year, but the institutional commission pool will be up slightly. That's the prognosis from the Tabb Group in a report released recently. Tabb predicted that contract volume would decline by 10 percent this year, following nine straight years of gains. (Actual volume was down 6 percent at mid-year.) But the impact of the downdraft on institutional brokers will be minimal. Tabb expects volume to drop to 4.1 billion contracts this year, down from 4.5 billion in 2011.

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