OCC April Volume Rises 29.7%

OCC April 2021 Total Volume Up 29.7 Percent from a Year Ago

Highest April volume on record and fifth highest month in OCC’s history

CHICAGO (May 4, 2021) – OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that April 2021 total cleared contract volume was 715,606,410 contracts, up 29.7 percent compared to April 2020 and the highest April volume on record. Year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume through April was 40,143,253 contracts, up 44.1 percent compared to April 2020.

Options: Total exchange-listed options cleared contract volume was 711,388,828, up 29.6 percent compared to April 2020. Equity options cleared contract volume was 674,204,936 contracts, up 30.7 percent compared to April 2020. This includes ETF options cleared contract volume of 189,417,683, a 20.6 percent decrease compared to April 2020. Index options volume was 37,183,892, up 12.4 percent compared to April 2020. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared options volume is 39,899,937 contracts.

Futures: Total futures cleared contract volume was 4,217,582, a 58.9 percent increase compared to April 2020. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared futures volume is 243,316 contracts.

Securities Lending: The average daily loan value at OCC in April 2021 was $116,689,413,560, a 87.5 percent increase compared to April 2020. Securities lending CCP activity increased by 26.5 percent in new loans from April 2020 with 141,482 transactions last month. 

For 2021 monthly exchange market share information, click here.

 April 2021 Total Contract VolumeApril 2020 Total Contract VolumeApril Total Contract % Change vs2020YTD Avg Daily Contract 2021YTD Avg Daily Contract 2020% Change vs 2020
Equity Options674,204,936515,812,61730.7%38,017,54625,136,66651.2%
Index Options37,183,89233,070,60812.4%1,882,3912,402,705-21.7%
Total Options711,388,828548,883,22529.6%39,899,93727,539,37144.9%
Total Volume715,606,410551,538,08029.7%40,143,25327,865,20544.1%

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About OCC

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a registered clearing agency and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Derivatives Clearing Organization. Named 2020 Best Clearing House – Equities by Markets Media for the third consecutive year, OCC now provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial futures, and securities lending transactions. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.