Options Traders Paying Dearly For S&P 500 Puts

| About: SPDR S&P (SPY)

In the stock pits, traders are bullish but not so in the options arena:

Investors are paying the most ever to protect against a drop in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, data compiled by Morgan Stanley show. The gap between the price of so-called put options on the benchmark for U.S. equity and the cost to wager on further gains has averaged about 8 percentage points since August. That's more than the previous high in July 2001, before the index dropped 34 percent and fell to the lowest this decade.