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WFE Focus April 2011
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CME Group will launch Euribor futures and options

CME Group will launch Euribor futures and options on CME Globex beginning in the second half of 2011. This will further diversify CME Group’s non-dollar short term interest rate product portfolio.

Deutsche Börse lists first ETC on rhodium

On 30 May 2011, Deutsche Börse added a new exchange-traded commodity product based on rhodium and tradable on Xetra. The new ETC enables investors for the first time to participate in the performance of physical rhodium.

Eurex launches new option and Polish single stock futures segment

On 27 June 2011, Eurex will admit to trading a new option based on the Dow Jones UBS Commodity Index. It will complement the future on the same underlying already listed. On the same date, Eurex will launch 19 single stock futures on leading Polish companies. The new listings reflect customer demand for derivatives based on shares from one of the largest economies in Eastern Europe. The new single stock futures contracts will be based on 19 shares of the Polish blue chip index WIG 20 and denominated in euro.

Hong Kong Exchanges enlarges its synthetic futures series

On 13 June 2011, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing introduced synthetic futures series in five more stock option classes (Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, iShares FTSE A50 China Index ETF and PetroChina) from 13 June this year.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange launches exotic derivatives

In response to growing demand from a number of South African banks, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange will launch a set of exotic currency products. These derivatives give investors the advantages of listed derivatives with the flexibility of OTC contracts. Investors can negotiate the terms of an option contract, choosing the underlying asset as well as the expiry date. SuperDerivatives, the derivatives benchmark and multi-asset front office system, announced that it will provide the market data to power the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s new exotic currency options offering, namely the ‘any-day expiry’ contracts. Two new exotic-style currency options contracts have been launched, based on the dollar/rand exchange rate.

Korea Exchange listed two new ETFs based on KRX and KOSPI indices

On 18 May 2011, the Korea Exchange listed two ETFs, Arirang KRX100EW ETF and Arirang K100EW ETF. The underlying index of Arirang KRX100EW ETF is the equal weighted version of KOSPI 100 and that of K100EW ETF is the equal weighted version of KRX 100, which are calculated by weighting all index constituents equally.

Montreal Exchange launches SXM mini futures contract

The Montreal Exchange has launched the SXM mini futures contract on the S&P/TSX 60 index. It represents one quarter of the value of the current S&P/TSX 60 index standard futures contract, offering a smaller capital alternative. It also provides a new trading opportunity that can be used by a wide range of investors, including individual investors who may find it particularly attractive due to its small notional size.

NYSE Euronext Lisbon lists factor certificates on commodities

On 12 May 2011, NYSE Euronext Lisbon listed new factor certificates on 11 different commodities. The new product offers on-exchange leverage participation to the daily performance of a specific underlying with no maturity and a pre-defined fixed leverage. Several fixed leverage levels are available allowing investors to select the leverage level corresponding to their individual risk profile.

RTS launches trading in Russian volatility index futures

On 1 June 2011, RTS Stock Exchange started the trading of cash-settled futures contracts on the Russian volatility index at FORTS, its derivatives market.

Singapore Exchange launches rubber futures

Singapore Exchange has launched SICOM rubber futures on its derivative market. The addition of these contracts on SGX will help make the rubber market more accessible for the exchange’s customers, and is expected to increase international participation.

Singapore Exchange offers Singapore government bonds trading

Singapore government bonds will be traded on Singapore Exchange from 8 July 2011. This initiative is expected to improve price transparency and liquidity in these instruments, and provide investors with a safe investment alternative that can give both capital protection and steady returns.

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