In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, a "lottery ticket" call option bet on emerging markets has caught the eye of traders – for all the wrong reasons.
Demand for out-of-the-money upside call options on the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) spiked fourfold on Thursday, June 23 – the day of the referendum. "We saw 275,000 July calls on the tape by 10am [Eastern Time] on Thursday morning. That's a lot of calls," says a portfolio manager at a US asset management firm in New York.
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