Remember them, 'financial weapons of mass destruction'? No, not the CDS, and other debt derivatives, but rather the equity derivatives? Here's a reminder.
Well, the are baaack... baby... with a vengeance on the short term side:
So look at who's printing the stuff in truck loads? U.S. - carry trade of the past, Europe - carry trades of the present...
And when you look at maturity profile - short-termism is in vogue:
But what not to like? Key counterparties are, again, 'other financial institutions' - aka shadow banks:
Smelly stuff, courtesy of cheap credit for the select few from the Central Banks...
Note: Source for the above charts: BIS Quarterly Review, September 2015