Equity Derivatives Uber Alles

Some fascinating data out this morning from Greenwich Associates on the near ubiquity of equity derivatives among institutional investors:

  • 81% trade single-stock options
  • 75% trade index
  • 74% using ETFs
  • Two-thirds using index futures

The single-stock options number is waaaay higher than I expected. I’m guessing it’s highly concentrated in a narrow list of names.