Mutual funds dialled up bullish bets with stock options in Q1

Counterparty Radar: Market contracted by $3.9 billion as US managers decreased sold calls


US mutual funds reduced sold stock calls in the first quarter of the year, softening the defensive positioning built during the final months of 2021, while adding more to bullish bets.

The market for single-stock options contracted $3.9 billion to roughly $34 billion in Q1 2022, with the primary driver being a $4.7 billion decrease in sold calls. Managers also cut $387 million of bought puts, boosted bought calls by $602 million and added $564 million in sold puts, according to data from US

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