Miami International Holdings, Inc. Reports 2018 Trading Results for MIAX Exchange Group; New Market Share and Volume Records Set as MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL Both Exceed 200 Million Contracts Executed

PRINCETON, New Jersey, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Miami International Holdings, Inc. today reported the 2018 trading activity for its two fully electronic options exchanges – MIAX Options® and MIAX PEARL (together, the MIAX Exchange Group), with MIAX PEARL and the MIAX Exchange Group setting new market share and volume records over the course of the year.

Trading Volume for MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL,
Current Month
Year Ended
Total Options ContractsDec-18Dec-17% ChgNov-18% ChgDec-18Dec-17% Chg
Trading Days192021251251
U.S. Equity Options Industry376,883,978295,021,13927.7%383,838,299-1.8%4,572,482,3423,689,013,63623.9%
MIAX Exchange Group36,720,82319,065,27192.6%35,517,5393.4%421,320,501232,223,96781.4%
MIAX Options14,935,76312,417,34120.3%15,275,068-2.2%200,711,418191,153,8735.0%
MIAX PEARL21,785,0606,647,930227.7%20,242,4717.6%220,609,08341,070,094437.2%
Options ADVDec-18Dec-17% ChgNov-18% ChgDec-18Dec-17% Chg
U.S. Equity Options Industry19,835,99914,751,05734.5%18,278,0148.5%18,217,06114,697,26523.9%
MIAX Exchange Group1,932,675953,264102.7%1,691,31114.3%1,678,568925,19581.4%
MIAX Options786,093620,86726.6%727,3848.1%799,647761,5695.0%
MIAX PEARL1,146,582332,397244.9%963,92718.9%878,921163,626437.2%
Market ShareDec-18Dec-17% ChgNov-18% ChgDec-18Dec-17% Chg
MIAX Exchange Group9.74%6.46%50.8%9.25%5.3%9.21%6.30%46.4%
MIAX Options3.96%4.21%-5.8%3.98%-0.4%4.39%5.18%-15.3%
MIAX PEARL5.78%2.25%156.5%5.27%9.6%4.82%1.11%333.4%


2018 Market Share and Volume Records:

Single DayMarket Share6.47%December 27, 2018
Volume1,693,277October 11, 2018
MonthlyMarket Share5.78%December 2018
Volume26,638,243October 2018
QuarterlyMarket Share5.48%Q4 2018
Volume68,665,774Q4 2018


Single DayMarket Share11.40%May 23, 2018
Volume2,783,973October 11, 2018
MonthlyMarket Share10.23%June 2018
Volume47,333,382October 2018
QuarterlyMarket Share9.71%Q3 2018
Volume119,571,744Q4 2018


Other 2018 achievements and announcements include:

MIAX Options

  • Won “Best Infrastructure/Technology Initiative by Exchange/ATS” at the Fund Technology and WSL Awards 2018.
  • Began publishing the SPIKES™ Volatility Index (Ticker: SPIKE) following a successful launch of the Index. SPIKES is a measure of the expected 30-day volatility in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), and was created by T3 Index, a research-driven financial indexing firm, as part of a partnership with MIH.
  • Received approval from the SEC to list and trade cash-settled options on the SPIKES.


  • Closed its Equity Rights Program (ERP-IV) following its entry into agreements with a number of leading order flow providers and market making MIAX PEARL member firms. MIAX PEARL member firms involved in ERP-IV are Citadel Securities, IMC, Interactive Brokers Group, Morgan Stanley & Co., Optiver US, Simplex Trading, Susquehanna Securities, Two Sigma Securities, Virtu Financial, and Wolverine Trading.
  • Celebrated its first launch anniversary on February 6, 2018.


  • Entered into a joint venture with T3 Index pursuant to which MIH obtained an exclusive, worldwide license to develop exchange-traded products based on T3 Index’s SPIKES and other indices for all of MIH’s exchanges, and a minority ownership interest in T3 Index.
  • Received approval on December 20, 2018 from the SEC to launch its third options exchange, MIAX Emerald. MIAX Emerald is expected to join the MIAX Exchange Group on February 22, 2019.
  • Announced that the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted MIAX’s motion to stay the entire litigation filed by Nasdaq against MIAX pending the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s previously granted Covered Business Method Review of all six patents-in-suit.

For further information regarding the MIAX Exchange Group, please visit or contact MIAX Trading Operations at

Corporate Communications Contact:Dominique Prunetti-Miller
(609) 897-1465
JConnelly Media Contact:Tony Kono
(973) 525-6855

About MIH and the MIAX Exchange Group

Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH) is the parent holding company of Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX Options) and MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX PEARL and together with MIAX Options, the MIAX Exchange Group), two fully electronic options trading exchanges. MIH is also the parent holding company of MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald), a third options exchange expected to join the MIAX Exchange Group on February 22, 2019.

MIAX Options currently lists and trades options on approximately 2,800 multi-listed classes. MIAX Options’ unparalleled system throughput is approximately 38 million quotes per second. The average latency for a single quote on MIAX Options is approximately 17.56 microseconds for a full round trip. At the 99th and 99.9th percentiles, the latency on MIAX Options is approximately 25.69 and 57.67 microseconds, respectively.

MIAX PEARL launched trading operations on February 6, 2017 and currently lists and trades options on approximately 2,800 multi-listed classes. The average latency for a single order on MIAX PEARL is approximately 24.42 microseconds for a round trip. At the 99th and 99.9th percentiles, the latency on MIAX PEARL is approximately 32.35 and 60.38 microseconds, respectively.

The MIAX Exchange Group has assembled a team with deep rooted experience in developing, operating and trading on options exchanges, and its trading platforms have been developed in-house and designed from the ground up for the unique functional and performance demands of derivatives trading. MIAX Options, MIAX PEARL, and MIAX Emerald (following launch) leverage the MIAX Exchange Group’s industry-leading technology and infrastructure to provide their member firms with traditional pricing and pro rata allocation (MIAX Options) and maker-taker pricing and price-time allocation (MIAX PEARL)  market structures, as well as a hybrid market structure with maker-taker pricing and pro rata allocation (MIAX Emerald). The MIAX Exchange Group’s executive offices and National Operations Center are located in Princeton, New Jersey. The MIAX Exchange Group also maintains a Miami Operations Center in Miami, Florida, which contains the Miami Annual Meeting and Conference Center and the offices of MIAX Technologies and MIAX Global.

In addition to MIAX PEARL, MIAX Options and MIAX Emerald, MIH is the parent holding company of Miami International Technologies, LLC (MIAX Technologies) and MIAX Global, LLC (MIAX Global). MIAX Technologies is MIH’s technology subsidiary for the sale and/or license of the trading technology developed by the MIAX Exchange Group. MIAX Global focuses on merger, acquisition and joint venture activities of MIH. MIAX Global also provides technology and other services outside of North America, with its initial concentration being on Europe and Latin America.

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