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OptionMetrics marks 20th anniversary as options data provider

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OptionMetrics, an options database and analytics provider for international institutional investors and academic researchers, is marking its 20th anniversary this month.

With data available for US, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Canada, as well as global indices, OptionMetrics is used by hundreds of institutions, including most of the top 50 business schools worldwide, and thousands of professionals in financial services to shape risk and return.

In 1999, when options were viewed by the financial community with skepticism, and often considered a “niche” investment, it was a leap of faith for David Hait, PhD, former VP of the Fixed Income Research Group at Paine Webber, and instructor on derivatives at JP Morgan, to start the company.

“We started OptionMetrics because of the void in the marketplace for accurate, thorough, reliable options data,” says David Hait. “We have remained committed to providing the most comprehensive, historical options database in the industry, even as the role of options have evolved dramatically through the decades—from being used for simple hedging or high-risk, speculative strategies by sophisticated ‘quant shops’ in the ‘old days’ to today increasingly being used by savvy investors and advisors to shape risk and return in hedge funds, investment portfolios, and pension plans.”

In 2018, a record five billion option contracts were cleared in the US by the OCC alone, and options trading continues to pick up in Europe, Canada, and Asia.

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