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OptionMetrics Releases IvyDB Canada 3.0 Amid Increased Interest in Canadian Options, Expands Data to Help Investors Better Analyze Market Trading Strategies

August 2, 2021

Extended volatility surface enables quants, academia to assess shorter and longer-term strategies, while forward price tables enable calculation of option values at various maturities

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New York – August 2, 2021 – OptionMetrics, an options database and analytics provider for institutional investors and academic researchers worldwide, releases OptionMetrics IvyDB Canada 3.0 with comprehensive historical price, implied volatility (IV), and sensitivity data on optionable securities across Canadian indices and equity options. Major upgrades to the database include extension of the volatility surface to better assess shorter- and longer-term strategies, and the addition of a forward price table to calculate option values at different maturities.

OptionMetrics adds 10 days and additional delta values of 10, 15, 85, and 90 (negative for puts) to grid points in its volatility surface. This update allows users to see estimates of IV and options pricing for shorter-term options such as weeklies, plus deltas for out-of-the-money and very deep-in-the-money trades.

A new forward price table enables investors to assess future discounted prices with anticipated delivery prices of underlying assets.

Academic users now also get access to historical data through December 2020, with daily updates on end-of-day prices continuing to be standard for institutional investors.

With these updates, OptionMetrics refreshes calculations of dividend projections, IV, and greeks. Updates are consistent with those in OptionMetrics’ U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific databases, enabling data to be more easily compared.

The release comes as interest in Canadian options continues to rise, with OptionMetrics data showing 14 percent year-on-year average daily option trading volume growth from 2019 to 2021 and 24 percent from 2020 to 2021.

“Canadian option trading volume continues to grow with increased interest in derivatives exposure,” says OptionMetrics CEO David Hait, Ph.D. “At OptionMetrics, we work to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive data to enable institutional investors, traders, and academia to evaluate risk, test trading strategies, and perform sophisticated research. Recent updates in IvyDB Canada 3.0 are just one example of why OptionMetrics has become the gold standard in historical options data.”

IvyDB Canada provides the historical price, IV, and sensitivity information from 2007 to present for about 600 optionable securities. Data is updated nightly to reflect new closing prices, dividend payments, corporate actions, option contract expirations, listings, and other changes.

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