US life insurer index options market hits $1trn mark

Counterparty Radar: Lincoln Financial emerges as top player in Q4 with $43 billion portfolio increase


The aggregate of the equity index options market for US life insurers exceeded $1 trillion in notional in the fourth quarter of last year as Lincoln Financial grew its book by nearly 70% to emerge as the heaviest user of the instrument in the space.

The life insurance arm of the Pennsylvania-based conglomerate added $43.1 billion to its holdings to increase its total to $105.6 billion notional. Lincoln opened a $33.8 billion written puts position and grew its purchased puts to $25 billion in

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