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Jayson Kim is a financial analyst responsible for research coverage of business and financial markets with AIG Capital. Previously, he spent three years in the hedge fund industry covering global finance, emerging markets and risk management strategies at AIG Financial Management.
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  • 2013 U.S. Equity Derivatives Outlook 0 comments
    Jun 23, 2013 2:50 PM

    Following a slowdown in trading activity from mid-year 2009 to mid-year 2012, U.S. institutions and ISDA are hopeful about a recovery in equity derivatives trading volumes in 2013, but hardly bullish. Activity in the equity derivatives market is a function of broad investor sentiment. According to Jayson Kim with AIG, "at the moment investors are not confident about the durability of the economic recovery or the future direction of financial markets but remain optimistic."

    Looking ahead to 2013, 55% of U.S. institutions predict their use of flow equity derivatives will increase "somewhat" with another 3% predicting a significant increase. About 40% of institutions expect their use of these products to remain unchanged and only 1% expect their usage of flow products to decline. Meanwhile, nearly 80% of institutions expect their use of structured equity or securitized products to remain unchanged in 2011, with roughly 20% predicting an increase in usage. Putting money into the equity markets will make more sense if there is a greater focus on the recovery and the road to recovery will still be lined by financial risks," says Jayson Kim.

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