Lightning strikes: Options boom threatens data overload

Concerns over creaking infrastructure in US options markets are fueling talk of measures to limit the exponential amount of data being generated.

More than 11 billion options were traded on US exchanges in 2023, up from about four billion a decade ago. But unprecedented interest in these securities—and the profits they have generated—hasn’t come without a price.

Some US options market participants are calling for a re-evaluation of the number of strikes listed by exchanges. The strategy, often called strike or quote mitigation, has received renewed attention amid capacity concerns surrounding the Options Price Reporting Authority (Opra)

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