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Equity Index Highlights - August 2020 edition

Release date: 11 Aug 2020 | Eurex Exchange

Equity Index Highlights - August 2020 edition

Market briefing 

U.S. equities continued in an upwards trading channel for July. By contrast, European index benchmarks were slightly lower by the end of the month. Despite the support seen across equity markets, a red flag appears against this benign market backdrop, as gold pushes to new highs above the psychological $2,000 level. Gold, often perceived as a safe haven during turbulent times, also comes under the spotlight as an inflation hedge through its allure as a preserver of wealth. Gold is a non-yielding asset, no dividends, nor coupons, and if held via an ETF wrapper, there is a total expense ratio to consider. This explains the activity we see in our ETF option segment, which saw good volumes due to the rolling of iShares Physical Gold options from August to September expiry. Clients look to harvest the volatility risk premia through the sale of options to recoup some of these holding costs.  [...]

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