A Descriptive Study of High-Frequency Trade and Quote Option Data

80 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2019 Last revised: 27 Aug 2020

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Torben G. Andersen

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Aarhus University - CREATES

Ilya Archakov

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics

Leon Eric Grund

University of Vienna

Nikolaus Hautsch

University of Vienna - Department of Statistics and Operations Research

Yifan Li

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance; University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Sergey Nasekin

Humboldt University of Berlin - Center for Applied Statistics and Economics (CASE)

Ingmar Nolte

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance

Manh Cuong Pham

Monash University - Department of Econometrics & Business Statistics; Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance

Stephen J. Taylor

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance

Viktor Todorov

Independent

Date Written: August 21, 2020

Abstract

This paper provides a guide to high frequency option trade and quote data disseminated by the
Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA). We present a comprehensive overview of the U.S. option market, including details on market regulation and the trading processes for all 16 constituent option exchanges. We review the existing literature that utilizes high-frequency options data, summarize the general structure of the OPRA dataset and present a thorough empirical description of the observed option trades and quotes for a selected sample of underlying assets that contains more than 25 billion records. We outline several types of irregular observations and provide recommendations for data filtering and cleaning. Finally, we illustrate the usefulness of the high frequency option data with two empirical applications: option-implied variance estimation and risk-neutral density estimation. Both applications highlight the rich information content of the high frequency OPRA data.

Keywords: Options Data, High Frequency Data, Market Microstructure

JEL Classification: C55, G10

Suggested Citation

Andersen, Torben G. and Archakov, Ilya and Grund, Leon Eric and Hautsch, Nikolaus and Li, Yifan and Li, Yifan and Nasekin, Sergey and Nolte, Ingmar and Pham, Manh Cuong and Pham, Manh Cuong and Taylor, Stephen J. and Todorov, Viktor, A Descriptive Study of High-Frequency Trade and Quote Option Data (August 21, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3446690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3446690

Torben G. Andersen

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

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Ilya Archakov

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics ( email )

Vienna
Austria

Leon Eric Grund

University of Vienna ( email )

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Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

Nikolaus Hautsch

University of Vienna - Department of Statistics and Operations Research ( email )

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Vienna, A-1090
Austria

Yifan Li

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School ( email )

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Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )

The Management School
Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Sergey Nasekin

Humboldt University of Berlin - Center for Applied Statistics and Economics (CASE) ( email )

Spandauer Strasse 1
Berlin, D-10178
Germany

Ingmar Nolte (Contact Author)

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Manh Cuong Pham

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Monash University - Department of Econometrics & Business Statistics ( email )

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Australia

Stephen J. Taylor

Lancaster University - Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )

The Management School
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United Kingdom
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Viktor Todorov

Independent ( email )

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