Appetite for stocks drives VIX options as investors guard portfolios

NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Renewed appetite for stocks is helping to drive investors’ interest in volatility-linked options that could buffer their portfolios against stock swings, putting those contracts on track for record trading volume this year.

The S&P 500 is up 18% so far this year, compared to last year’s 19% decline – a rally turbocharged in recent weeks by expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve is done raising interest rates.

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