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Bursa Malaysia Derivatives launches options on crude palm oil futures

On 16 July 2012, Bursa Malaysia Derivatives has launched options on crude palm oil futures contract, the first Asian exchange-traded agricultural options contract, to complement its crude palm oil futures contract. The new contract which uses crude palm oil futures as its underlying, offers another risk management tool for industry participants to better meet their hedging needs.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange introduces Quanto futures

On 25 July 2012, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange has further expanded its foreign referenced commodities product range with the introduction of Quanto futures, which enable investors to gain exposure to price fluctuations in the foreign commodity while shielding them from movements in the ZAR and US dollar exchange rate.

NYSE Liffe US launches trading in futures contracts on DTCC GCF repo index

On 16 July 2012, NYSE Liffe US started to trade futures contracts on the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s proprietary index, the DTCC GCF Repo index. They will bring greater liquidity and operational efficiency to the US financing markets by allowing traders to hedge their interest rate exposure using the index as a benchmark which is linked to general collateral finance repurchase agreements.

Qatar Exchange introduces new data products

Qatar Exchange launched 3 new market data products geared towards market professionals, designed to provide market participants with greater market transparency, allow for more accurate market tracking and encourage informed investment decisions.

Pakistan Mercantile Exchange launches new silver contract

The Pakistan Mercantile Exchange launched the 10 ounce silver futures contract, intended to small retail investors. Its advantage is to provide market participants with more options to invest and hedge.

Singapore Exchange extends India access with nifty options launch

From 16 July 2012, the Singapore Exchange is offering SGX S&P CNX Nifty Options. This latest product partnership between SGX and National Stock Exchange of India enhances offshore investors’ access to the Indian economy. The Nifty Options add to SGX’s suite of Asian equity derivatives, which include SGX S&P CNX Nifty futures, the dominant Indian product for international participants.

Thailand Futures Exchange to launch sector index futures and modify SET50 index derivatives

The Thailand Futures Exchange plans to introduce sector index futures in October 2012. Initially, there will be 5 major sectors (banking, information & communication technology, energy, food, and commerce). At the same time, the contract specifications of SET50 index futures and options will be modified to boost liquidity of SET50 index derivatives products.

Taiwan Stock Exchange launches ETF on CSI 300 index

The Taiwan Stock Exchange has launched the first physical-based ETF that tracks the Chinese CSI 300 index. The new ETF directly invests in the benchmark stocks listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and Shanghai Stock Exchange.