BM&FBOVESPA launches new currency futures contracts
On 15 August 2011, BM&FBOVESPA launched eight new currency futures contracts, two mini contracts and six contracts for currencies that are new for the Exchange. The mini dollar futures contract and the mini Euro futures contract are similar to the current mini dollar and Euro futures contracts with the exception of their size, which will be USD 10,000 and EUR 10,000, respectively.
CBOE Holdings’ proposal to trade SPXpm approved by SEC
CBOE Holdings announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission has approved its rule filing to launch, on a pilot basis, SPXpm, its proposed new S&P 500 index option product. SPXpm will be traded on the C2 Options Exchange (C2), the Exchange’s all-electronic exchange.
CME Group expands weekly agricultural options offering
CME Group has added weekly options on soybean meal, soybean oil and live cattle futures to begin trading 26 September 2011.
ICE launches low sulphur gasoil futures, options and swaps contracts
IntercontinentalExchange launched low sulphur gasoil futures and options contracts on ICE futures Europe. ICE also announced the introduction of 13 OTC low sulphur gasoil swaps cleared by ICE Clear Europe. All of the new contracts will be available for trading on 19 September 2011 and are subject to regulatory approval.
Korea Exchange launches KINDEX Inverse ETF
On 8 September 2011, the Korea Exchange listed a new product, the KINDEX Inverse ETF. It uses the nearest month contract of KOSPI200 futures as the underlying asset, but is designed to profit if the value of F-KOSPI200 declines.
London Stock Exchange lists new ETFs
The London Stock Exchange launched seven new Amundi emerging market ETFs, providing investors with specific exposure to India, China, Eastern Europe (excluding Russia), Brazil, Asia and Latin America, as well as to a broad index ETF tracking the performance of all emerging markets. Also launched was an ETF providing exposure to the European Real Estate sector.
National Stock exchange of India launches derivatives on global indices
On 29 August 2011, the National Stock exchange of India launched derivative contracts on two global equity indices, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The new contracts will include futures on both the DJIA and the S&P 500, and options on the S&P 500. In order to encourage active participation in the above contracts, it has been decided that no transaction charges will be levied on the trades done in the contracts from the date of commencement till 29 February 2012. The new products shall provide Indian investors with easier access to gain exposure to the US equity market.
RTS plans to introduce futures and options on MICEX index
RTS Stock Exchange plans to launch on its derivatives market FORTS options and futures on the MICEX index. On 30 August 2011, the Derivatives Market Committee of RTS approved specifications for these products. The Committee recommended that the Board of Directors of OJSC RTS approve the specifications. After the specifications have been approved by the Board they will be submitted to the Federal Financial Markets Service for registration.
Stock Exchange of Thailand lists ThaiDEX SET High Dividend ETF
On 16 August 2011, the Stock Exchange of Thailand listed ThaiDEX SET High Dividend ETF on its main board. This open-end ETF will mostly invest in constituent stocks of the SET High Dividend 30 Index, thus reflecting the price movements of 30 stocks that have constantly paid high dividend yields.
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to launch options on Israel government bonds
The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange will launch options on non-linked shekel-denominated Israel government bonds. Trading is scheduled to commence on 10 November 2011.
Tokyo Stock Exchange launches new ETNs
On 21 September 2011, the Tokyo Stock Exchange listed a new ETN, the iPath S&P 500 VIX short term futures index total return, managed by Barclays Bank. The new products are calculated based on prices of S&P 500 put option and call option contracts, and measure the return from a daily rolling long position in first and second contract months of VIX futures.
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